HONG KONG — UTV Motion Pictures has claimed that it has become first Indian company to have scored more than $5 million at the North American box office in the first half of the year.
Score of $5.48 million in 28 weeks was achieved through three new releases — “Jodhaa Akbar” ($3.44 million), “Race” ($1.37 million) and “Jaane tu ya jaane na” ($539,857 and still in theaters) — and the continuing run of 2007 hit “Taare zameen par.”
Company also says that its total puts it among the top 20 distributors in North America. Data from Rentrak, summing releases under the UTV Motion Pictures and UTV Communications banners, would appear to rank company at in 23rd spot, behind ThinkFilm and ahead of Alliance Films.
“This (result) is especially remarkable considering that UTV is one of the youngest Indian film distributors in North America, having established operations in the U.S. only four years ago in 2004,” said Siddharth Roy Kapur, CEO, UTV Motion Pictures.
“The U.S. market is one of our top three priority markets worldwide and our sustained and relentless drive to produce and release quality content and then market and distribute it effectively, has helped us emerge as one of the top distributors in the most competitive market in the world.”