Out of Dubai this weekend comes news that Ang Lee's Life of Pi is opening the 9th annual Dubai International Film Festival. The film is already a big hit in India, where Lee partially shot the film (as well as in Taiwan). The festival is designed as a celebration of 100 years of Indian cinema.
Note: These grosses come from areas with reliable reporting. They do not represent the entire country.
Source: Box Office India
Friday Update: Khiladi 786 made great strides yesterday on the eve of its release, nabbing 720 tweets and jumping 21 spots to #12 on our buzz listings. Its Facebook likes increased to 124,366 as well. By comparison, Talaash had 4,154 tweets last Thursday (also occupying the #2 spot on the buzz listing), with 117,020 likes. Its also worth noting that Talaash had 873 tweets yesterday which means a week after release its buzz is still stronger than Khiladi on the eve of release.
Thursday Update: Khiladi 786 slipped slightly on Wednesday to 257 tweets and actually dropped a place to #33 on the day. Its Facebook likes continued to rise steadily, as it increased by 1,540 likes to 122,448. By comparison, Talaash had 640 tweets last Wednesday, with 115,993 likes.
Wednesday Update: Khiladi 786 generated 322 tweets on Tuesday which had it slot in at an underwhelming #32 on the day amongst the films on our tracking list. Its Facebook likes also rose to 120,648 from 118,845. By comparison, Talaash had 626 tweets last Tuesday, with 115,328 likes.
Tuesday Update: Akshay Kumar's latest film Khiladi 786 will be released this Friday in India and select North American and UK theaters. The Eros International release accounted for 258 tweets for Monday on Twitter, while its Facebook likes stood at 118,845. By comparison, last week's Talaash had 406 tweets and 114,691 likes last Monday on its way to $1.64 million in North America on the weekend from 172 theaters.
The Indian 3D animated film from Applied Art Productions opens in the U.S. on December 7 in 3 theaters.
The film festival, kicking off on Friday, will be screening films that won accolades from other festivals around the world. The move is great news for Indian filmmakers hoping to gain more prominence through festivals such as this one. The films being screened are:
The Ballad of Rustom (directed by Ajitha Suchitra Veera)
Deool (directed by Umesh Vinayak Kulkarni)
Drapchi (directed by Arvind Iyer)
Koormavatara (directed by Girish Kasaravalli)
Touring Talkies (directed by Gajendra Ahire)
500 & 5 (directed by Raghu Jeganathan)