'Skyfall' earns Rs 27.5 cr Opening weekend, 2nd highest for Hollywood film in India
In a sign of continuing fan following of the James Bond series in India, the latest Bond film 'Skyfall' earned a huge gross of Rs 27.5 cr (5.1 m US Dollars) approximately in its four-day opening weekend, making it the second biggest opening weekend ever for a Hollywood film in India and the highest for a non-3D film.
Produced by Eon Productions and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios and presented by Sony Pictures Entertainment, 'Skyfall' was released in India by Sony Picture India on November 1 with 907 prints in four languages - English, Hindi, Tamil and Telugu - and in 2D and IMAX formats.
The film's release with 907 prints makes it the highest Hollywood release in the 2D format.
Skyfall's earnings on the opening weekend makes it the best opening for a Bond film in India so far, exceeding other big box office performers 'Quantum of Solace' (2008) and 'Casino Royale' (2006).
'Quantum of Solace' and 'Casino Royale' posted lifetime Gross earnings of Rs 44.4 cr and Rs 40.3 cr respectively.
'Skyfall' also posted the biggest ever Thursday opening for any Hollywood title with Rs 6.5 cr.
Speaking about the record opening for 'Skyfall', Kercy Daruwala, Managing Director, Sony Pictures India, said, "Skyfall' has not only continued India's fascination with the James Bond franchise, but also expanded it.
The anticipation for the film has been unprecedented, going into high gear with the celebrations of the 50th year of the film franchise earlier in October.
Extremely positive reviews and word-of-mouth will ensure that the film has a long and successful run at the box office and will garner repeat viewings as well." In Skyfall', Bond's loyalty to M is tested as her past comes back to haunt her. As MI6 comes under attack, 007 must track down and destroy the threat, no matter how personal the cost.
Directed by Sam Mendes. Produced by Michael G Wilson and Barbara Broccoli, 'Skyfall' has been written by Neal Purvis and Robert Wade and John Logan.
Earlier this year, Sony Pictures India had the Number one Hollywood opening weekend of all time with The Amazing Spider Man' (3D) and another top 15 opening weekend in 'Men In Black 3' (3D).