Disney’s The Jungle Book, which brings an enchanting story of a boy straight from an Indian jungle, is having a golden run at the Indian box office. The Hollywood film has minted over Rs150 crore in the country since its release. The film made its way onto the screens in India on April 8, a week before its release in the US. Released in India in four languages (English, Hindi, Tamil and Telugu), The Jungle Book features Indian-American child artist Neel Sethi as Mowgli.
According to a statement from the makers, The Jungle Book collected Rs 2.94 crore on Wednesday, seeing a drop of only two per cent from Tuesday. The cumulative total is Rs 150.94 crore. Iron Man fame director Jon Favreau took a basic structure of Rudyard Kipling’s timeless classic and charged it up with the power of the 1967 animation film to bring forth an advanced version of the story backed with technology.
The Jungle Book’s collections have not only exceeded that of Akshay Kumar’s Airlft (Rs 127 crore) to be the highest grosser of the year so far, it has also given a film like Fan, starring Shah Rukh Khan, a tough competition. While both the films operate in different genres, the release of a big ticket film with a Khan could have affected occupancy for the Disney film.
However, a strong word of mouth helped The Jungle Book hold its own and eventuall earn more than Fan. The Jungle Book remained strong in its third week setting new benchmarks by huge margins. The film has achieved the feat of collecting Rs 150 crore in 20 days becoming the biggest box office for the year so far and highest grosser for Hollywood films by huge margin as till now, the record was held by Fast and Furious 7 with Rs 106 crore.