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UPDATED: BOX OFFICE: 'Dabangg 2' Posts Strong Debut In North America on December 28, 2012

12/28/12 Update: Eros reports that Dabangg 2's North American total is now $1,853,387 from 166 locations. 

12/24/12 Update: Eros reports that Dabangg 2 grabbed $1.02 million from 166 locations in North America during its debut frame. That marks a return to form for Eros considering that Khiladi 786, their last release, opened to an underwhelming $379,466 from 115 locations. 

BOX OFFICE: 'Life of Pi' Ranks 4th Among MPA Releases on December 24, 2012

12/24/12 Update: Fox has updated Life of Pi's total to $13.5 million.

12/23/12 Update: 20th Century Fox reports that Life of Pi grossed another $545K in India from 230 locations to become the the 4th highest grossing MPA film of all-time in the market. The total in India is now $13.5 million.

12/16/12 Update: 20th Century Fox estimates that Life of Pi grossed $974,501 from 410 screens in India over the weekend, pushing its total to $12.2 million. India's gross ranks in second place among the 13 foreign markets that Life of Pi has opened in. China is #1 with a staggering $84.3 million. 

'Midnight's Children' Set To Open On February 1 on December 24, 2012

PVR Pictures will release Midnight's Children, an adaptation of the novel by controversial author Salman Rushdie, in India on February 1. 

The official synopsis:

Midnight's Children is an epic film from Oscar-nominated director Deepa Mehta, based on the Booker Prize winning novel by Salman Rushdie. At the stroke of midnight on August 15, 1947, as India proclaims independence from Great Britain, two newborn babies are switched by a nurse in a Bombay hospital. Saleem Sinai, the illegitimate son of a poor woman, and Shiva, the offspring of a wealthy couple, are fated to live the destiny meant for each other. Their lives become mysteriously intertwined and are inextricably linked to India's whirlwind journey of triumphs and disasters.

From the unlikely romance of Saleem's grandparents to the birth of his own son, Midnight's Children is a journey at once sweeping in scope and yet intimate in tone. Hopeful, comic and magical - the film conjures images and characters as rich and unforgettable as India herself.

BOX OFFICE: 'Khiladi 786' Remains #1 on December 22, 2012

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Note: These grosses come from areas with reliable reporting. They do not represent the whole country.

New Song: "Oye Boy Charlie" from 'Matru Ki Bijlee Ka Mandola' on December 19, 2012

Synopsis:

Set in the rustic surroundings of a village in Haryana in India, "Matru ki Bijlee ka Mandola" is a comedy-drama about Harry Mandola (Pankaj Kapur), a wealthy industrialist who loves his drink, his daughter Bijlee (Anushka Sharma) and the unusual bond they both share with Harry's man friday, Matru (Imran Khan). Much to her father's delight, Bijlee is all set to marry Baadal (Arya Babbar), the son of a powerful politician Chaudhari Devi (Shabana Azmi). This alliance which is far from just being a simple union of two young people becomes the seed for a story that brings twists and turns in the lives of Matru, Bijlee and Mandola.

Note: The following video does not have English subtitles. We aim to post videos with English subtitles whenever possible.


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