Jon Favreau’s The Jungle Book has opened to much critical-acclaim and has also received public appreciation from across the globe. And now, the adventures of Mowgli with Baloo and Bagheera have reached an unprecedented mark, as the film has become the highest-grossing Hollywood film in India, according to the studio that has bankrolled it.
The Jungle Book has amassed a whopping ₹ 113.70 crores in 12 days of its release, surpassing the lifetime collections of Fast and Furious 7, which at ₹ 108 crores held the record so far.
A Disney spokesperson told HuffPost India, “The film earned ₹ 6.37 crore on Tuesday, a figure higher than its Monday collection. It’s a number which no Hollywood film has reached so far in the Indian market.”
Before Furious 7, it was Jurassic World that held the box-office record, but The Jungle Book has shattered those numbers and is still running steady in theatres despite stiff competition from Maneesh Sharma’ Shah Rukh Khan-starrer Fan.
In a statement shared with HuffPost, Amrita Pandey, Vice President, Disney India, said, “We are thrilled with the exceptional response to The Jungle Book in India. It is a timeless tale and we are happy that it continues to inspire, awe and mesmerise generation after generation. The Hindi, Tamil and Telugu versions have been appreciated and that is very special for us. The Jungle Book is a legacy and we are humbled that families across India have contributed to taking it forward and embracing Mowgli's latest adventure with such affection.”
Based on Rudyard Kipling’s novel of the same name, The Jungle Book features Neel Sethi as Mowgli alongside a solid voiceover cast (Bill Murray, Ben Kingsley, Idris Elba), but it was primarily its direction and the timeless story that resonated widely with the Indian audiences, many of whom have been raised on a steady diet of Mowgli cartoons.
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