Jon Favreau's "The Jungle Book" remains undefeated at the box office in India. Despite new releases, "The Jungle Book" refuses to go out of theatres.
After becoming the biggest grosser of 2016, the 3D live-action computer animated film is now shattering Bollywood movie records. "The Jungle Book" became the 14th biggest grosser of all time after breaking the records of Salman Khan's "Dabangg 2." Salman's film earned Rs. 155 crore, while "The Jungle Book" 22-day collection stands at Rs. 155.39 crore.
"#TheJungleBook maintains the momentum... [Week 4] Fri 1.78 cr. Total: ₹ 155.39 cr nett. India biz. ATBB," trade analyst Taran Adarsh tweeted.
Trade analysts believe that the credit for the film's success in India goes to its storyline, which strikes a chord with the older generation that had watched the animated series in the 1990s.
"There has been no family film since Christmas last year, forget children's films of any significance. The only other film, Kung Fu Panda 3 was released during exams, which was a very bad timing. So naturally, post exams, The Jungle Book became top attraction," trade analyst Amod Mehra told the Economic Times.
The film features Neel Sethi as Mowgli. Bill Murray, Ben Kingsley, Idris Elba, Lupita Nyong'o, Scarlett Johansson and Christopher Walken have lent their voices for the English version, while Bollywood stars Irrfan Khan, Priyanka Chopra, Nana Patekar, Shefali Shah and Om Puri have dubbed for the Hindi version of "The Jungle Book."
[1 lakh = 100,000 | 1 crore = 10 million | 100 crore = 1 billion]