Monday, December 21, 2009

Avatar opens with Rs.22 crore in India

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Director James Cameron's much-hyped and anticipated 3D sci-fi epic 'Avatar' is raking in moolah at the Indian box office - its opening weekend collections is Rs.22 crore (Rs.220 million). Touted to be the highest ever weekend collection for any Hollywood film in India so far, it has beaten the opening collections of international blockbusters like '2012', 'Titanic' and 'Spider-Man 3'.

 ''Avatar' has had an amazing opening and the audience reactions are fantastic with a very large proportion of them wanting to see it again. Our theatrical partners are delighted to see queues building up outside multiplexes for advance bookings. The movie is being appreciated across all age groups,' Vijay Singh, CEO, Fox Star Studios India, said in a statement. Indian collections are also amongst the top 10 weekend performances in the world for the movie beating the likes of traditionally better performing countries like Taiwan, Singapore, New Zealand, Sweden, Holland and Hong Kong.

Starring Sam Worthington, Sigourney Weaver and Zoe Saldana, the movie depicts the story of a wounded ex-marine thrust unwillingly into an effort to exploit an exotic moon rich in bio-diversity, who eventually crosses over to lead the indigenous race in a battle for survival.