The Jungle Book movie enters the Rs 150-crore club of box office collections in the country, beats SRK’s Fan and Akshay Kumar’s Airlift
“Iron Man” fame director Jon Favreau’s vision of Rudyard Kipling’s classic “The Jungle Book” has become the first film to cross the Rs 150-crore mark in box office collections.
Released in India on 08 April 2016, in four languages (English, Hindi, Tamil and Telugu), ‘The Jungle Book’ features Indian-American child artist Neel Sethi as Mowgli. Along with Neel, the film is supported by Bill Murray, Ben Kingsley, Idris Elba, Lupita Nyong’o, Scarlett Johansson and Christopher Walken.
Bollywood stars Irrfan Khan, Priyanka Chopra, Nana Patekar, Shefali Shah and Om Puri have lent their voices for the Hindi version of “The Jungle Book”.
The Hollywood film has beaten the combined collections of two of the most successful Indian films this year — Neerja (Rs 75.6 crore) and Kapoor & Sons (Rs 73 crore).
The movie also beaten Airlift (Rs 127 crore) and is giving Fan a run for its money.
Suniel Wadhwa, an independent distributor and box office analyst shared that the movie remained strong in its third week, setting new benchmarks.
“The film collected Rs 150 crore in 20 days. Before this, the highest box office grossers from Hollywood was Furious 7 (2015), which collected Rs 106 crore. It seems heading to a lifetime collection of Rs 175 crore in India, ” added Suniel.
Globally, the film has collected $563 million, according to the box office tracking website boxofficemojo.com. The reported cost of making the film was $175 million.
Iisney studio has also confirmed a sequel of “The Jungle Book”.
With Fox’s Deadpool surprising everyone with its performance in February, Hollywood seems to be poised to have a landmark year in India.
Titles yet to be released this year include Captain America: Civil War, X-Men: Apolcalypse, Angry Birds, and Inferno.