Hollywood movie "The Jungle Book," starring Neel Sethi, has done the unthinkable at the Indian box office. The fantasy drama recorded the second highest opening weekend box office collection in India.
"The Jungle Book" registered a phenomenal growth at the box office since its opening day. On Saturday, the fantasy drama witnessed a growth of 33.89 percent over Friday's collection and Sunday, the business further went up by 64.42 percent compared to opening day. The three-day box office collection of "The Jungle Book" now stands at Rs. 40.19 crore.
"The Jungle Book" has clearly outshined almost all the Bollywood films released this year. It shattered the records of "Ki and Ka," "Kapoor and Sons," "Neerja," and "Wazir," which are among the top grossers of 2016.
"The terrific biz of #TheJungleBook proves that strong content + smart marketing can work wonders at the BO. #TheJungleBook emerges 2nd BIGGEST OPENING WEEKEND of 2016, after #Airlift. Fri 10.09 cr, Sat 13.51 cr, Sun 16.59 cr. Total: ₹ 40.19 cr nett #TheJungleBook had 33.89% growth on Sat over Fri and 64.42% growth on Sun over Fri. Language contribution: 48% English, 52% dubbed versions," trade analyst Taran Adarsh tweeted.
With a strong hold at the Indian box office, director Jon Favreau's American fantasy drama is now inching towards the Rs. 50 crore mark with its net collection. Adding its fourth day collection, i.e. Monday's earnings, the overall box office income will take "The Jungle Book" to fourth highest grosser of 2016 position.
"The Jungle Book," based on British author Rudyard Kipling's eponymous novel, released in India April 8, in English and Hindi versions, and both the versions have been faring well at the box office. The English version features the voices of actors Bill Murray, Ben Kingsley, Idris Elba, Lupita Nyong'o, Scarlett Johansson, Giancarlo Esposito and Christopher Walken, while Bollywood stars, including Priyanka Chopra, Om Puri, Nana Patekar, Shefali Shah, Rajesh Khattar and Irrfan Khan have dubbed for the Hindi version.
[1 lakh = 100,000 | 1 crore = 10 million | 100 crore = 1 billion]