Box office is best ever for a Hollywood film

MUMBAI — “Avatar” has scored the biggest opening weekend B.O. ever for a Hollywood pic in India, distributor Fox Star Studios India revealed Monday.

Pic grossed Rupees 220 million ($4.71 million) after it released across 756 screens in 2D and 3D versions in English, Hindi, Tamil and Telugu languages, comfortably beating previous recordholder “Spider-Man 3,” which opened with $4.12 million in 2007.

“Avatar” earned $1.45 million on Friday, making it the biggest ever Friday opening for any Hollywood film in India.

Fox Star Studios India CEO Vijay Singh said: ” ‘Avatar’ has had an amazing opening — and the audience reactions are fantastic, with a large proportion of them wanting to see it again. The movie is being appreciated across all age groups and languages.”

“Avatar” continues a successful year for Hollywood in India where films like “2012,” “X-Men Origins: Wolverine,” “Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs” and “New Moon” have outperformed many big-ticket local offerings.

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