Fox aims for boffo B.O. with high-profile pix

'Windtalkers,' 'Minority,' 'Clones' tipped for release

CALCUTTA — Twentieth Century Fox is targeting bigger B.O. from India in 2002.

The studio grossed around 60 million rupees ($1.25 million) in 2001, but Fox projects box office takings of $2 million this year.

Studio is planning a slate of releases that it hope will “outstrip last year’s revenues by over 50%,” Fox India’s sales & marketing manager Paresh Manjrekar says.

Tipped for release this year are John Woo’s “Windtalkers,” Steven Spielberg’s “Minority Report” and George Lucas’ “Star Wars: Episode II — Attack of the Clones.”

The studio’s local marketing team is giving special treatment to potential blockbuster “Minority Report.”

“As of now, we have decided to release the film in the original English-language version and also dubbed prints in Hindi. We have not still made up our minds about dubbings in other languages like Tamil or Telegu,” Manjrekar says. In all, “Minority” should go out on some 45-50 prints, a healthy number.

“Star Wars: Episode II” will also arrive at cinemas in both English-lingo and Hindi prints, and Fox is minting a similar number of prints for the sci-fi epic.

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