Disney opened the film on 1,230 screens in English, Hindi, Tamil and Telugu language versions and it debuted in third place with collections of $1.51 million, with the bulk of earnings coming from the English release.
As is typical of Hollywood releases in India, the movie only played in DCI-compliant theaters.
Last week’s runner up “Bajirao Mastani” won the weekend, collecting $5.16 million, while last week’s winner “Dilwale” came second with $3.19 million.
Historically, all six previous “Star Wars” films have released in India to decent, but unspectacular, box office. A nation that has plenty of native mythology dating back millennia, including the epics “Ramayana” and “Mahabharata,” appears not to need a new Hollywood one.
Following a critical drubbing and poor word of mouth, business for Shah Rukh Khan and Kajol starrer “Dilwale” in India showed a steady decline with the 10-day total for the Dec. 18 release standing at $18.7 million. “Bajirao Mastani”, starring Ranveer Singh, Priyanka Chopra and Deepika Padukone, on the other hand rode ecstatic reviews and strong word of mouth to post 10-day collections of $18.2 million despite releasing on fewer screens than “Dilwale.”
It is a different story overseas where Khan is the darling of non resident Indian and South Asian origin audiences. “Dilwale” has a 10-day overseas cumulative of $16.8 million. “Bajirao Mastani” is hovering near the $7 million mark.