Remakes and reboots have proved to be popular in Hollywood, and now it looks like the same attitude is arriving in India. If this year's versions of Chashme Baddor and Himmatwala weren't enough, the Times of India is reporting that two remakes of Amitabh Bachchan hits are in the works. Producer Jayantilal Gada is said to be attached to the projects, remakes of Bachchan's Andha Kanoon and Aakhree Raasta. Gada's current project still has links to the Big B; the producer is in charge of the 3D re-release of the 1975 classic Sholay. Bachchan's latest big-screen appearance to hit international screens is in a featured supporting role in Baz Luhrman's The Great Gatsby.
Raanjhanaa was the hot new domestic film at the Indian box office this week, taking the top spot after grossing $5.4 million from 1,354 theaters. The drama directed by Anand L. Rai opened in North America last weekend and rounded out the week with a $562,661 take.
Fukrey came in second place with a $1.7 million tally in its second weekend in India. The Indian cume for the comedy film currently stands at $4.7 million. Fukrey has grossed a total of $122,783 in North America during the same timeframe.
Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani slipped to third place in India this week. The film has been a blockbuster success in its own country, currently posting a $30.8 million total. Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani has also been a hit abroad, grossing $3.6 million from North America.
Weekly Box Office Results for Domestic Films in India.
Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani continues to rule the Indian box office after a third consecutive week as the number film in the country. The Bolylwood film is on the verge of hitting a $30 million cume in its home country and has already amassed a $3.5 million total in North America. That brings the worldwide cume of the latest Bollywood blockbuster to $35.1 million.
Fukrey opened across 883 screens to second place after a $2.9 million weekly gross. The film went on to add $104k from 57 locations in North America.
Box Office Results for India.Week Culminating on June 21, 2013
China will be the guest country at next year's India International Film Festival at Goa, according to a report from the Times of India.
The invitation comes on the heels of the success of Bollywood film 3 Idiots in China, a promising sign for the Indian film industry. China has steadily risen to become the second most important film market in the world. Indian films will hope to have an easier time to get past China's strict import quota for foreign films.
The closer ties will reportedly begin at the educational level, with the Film and Television Institute of India and the Beijing Film Academy agreeing to promote an exchange program for their students. A source for the Times of India, however, indicated that in short term China will be looking to screen more classical Bollywood films than more recent productions. The goal in this collaboration would be for relaxed restrictions for Indian films in regards to China's import quotas.
Indian Broadcasting Minister Manish Tewari met with Cai Fuchao, the director of China's State Administration of Radio, Film, and Television, to hold talks over closer collaboration between the countries' film industries. A presence in China would come as a great boost for the Indian film industry, which already has a healthy presence in other major film markets like the United Kingdom and North America.
Man of Steel had a great opening weekend in India, posting a $3.5 million gross from 754 screens. Zach Snyder's Superman reboot only ranks behind Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight Rises as the second biggest debut for a Warner Brothers release in India. Man of Steel grossed $71.4 million from a day-and-date opening in 24 overseas markets. The film also dominated the North American box office, performing well above expectations with a $125 million opening weekend. Man of Steel will continue a larger overseas roll-out throughout the next couple of weeks. China, France, Germany, Italy, and Spain are on the horizon as Man of Steel opens in 26 additional markets this upcoming weekend.