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Saturday 20th June 2009 20.00 IST
WOLVERINE GARNERS THE BIGGEST OPENING IN THE U.S FOR 2009 & NOW THE BIGGEST OPENING IN INDIA AS WELL! Mutant superhero film ‘X-Men Origins: Wolverine’ has not only become a blockbuster hit abroad but has struck a strong cord with the Indian audiences too.
A 20th Century Fox film starring Hugh Jackman, the film opened in India on June 19th in English and Hindi and has garnered one of the highest openings among Hollywood films in India, beating films like ‘Fast & the furious 4’, ‘Angels & Demons’, ‘The Dark Knight’, ‘Indiana Jones & the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull’.
Says Mr. Vijay Singh, CEO, Fox Star Studios India, “We’ve had a strong opening for X-Men Origins: Wolverine across the country. The audience reaction has been very positive which is helping build great word of mouth for the film as a must see film!”
The film has grossed more than Rs. 2 Crores in its opening day itself. The first 2 days have seen theatres running houseful across all regions of the country. Here are some reports:
North India - Interiors of Ghaziabad cinemas morning shows as early as 9.30am were full. - The shows are full in centres like Gorakhpur too. - At some centres the opening is comparable to that of blockbuster Spiderman-3.
- DT Saket & Spice Noida are running 14 shows daily, while DT Vasantkunj opening today is running 11shows daily.
Sanjay Ghai of Mukta Arts, the leading distributor in North India says “It’s the best opening for a Hollywood More >
Friday, May 29, 2009 2:02 IST
Mumbai: Don’t look for the Tom Hanks-starrer Angels and Demons in your neighbourhood multiplex. The film’s distributor, Sony Pictures, will not release it in multiplexes on Friday in support of the Hindi film producers’ standoff with multiplex owners.// //
Industry sources said the film, a prequel to The Da Vinci Code, will release only in single-screen theatres. No new Hindi films have been released since April 4 as a result of the strike, but that has not stopped the release of Hollywood films in multiplexes. But Angels and Demons will be an exception as the producers have made Hindi films, including Saawariya and Straight in India, earlier.
According to a source, UPDF (The United Producers and Distributors Front) pressurised Kercy Daruwala, managing director of the company in India, to withhold the film from multiplexes. Daruwala, however, was unwilling to confirm this. He told DNA, “We are in negotiations with multiplexes. I am not sure about the outcome.” Ramesh Sippy of UPDF said the film will not release in multiplexes. “The film is on hold. I don’t know what will happen,” he said.
Corroborating this, Utpal Sanghvi, vice-president, programming and distribution, of the multiplex chain Inox, said, “Angels and Demons is not releasing in national and non-national multiplexes. They are asking for a 55% share of the profit, which is impossible. They are definitely doing this in support More >
Mumbai: A major multiplex has blinked. And United Forum chairman Mukesh Bhatt hopes a solution to the standoff will emerge by Monday. This large multiplex chain (possibly Big Cinemas), which is also a film production company (Big Pictures), is trying to get other multiplex chains to reach a settlement with the United Forum (UF). Insider info reveals this chain, which is all set to release the debut film of an actor (Jacky Bhagnani’s KAL KISSNE DEKHA), has already agreed to the terms laid down by the UF and are under tremendous pressure from the multiplex association, which is still not ready to accept distributors holding control over the release of films.
“The chain has agreed upon complete control of distribution being with the producers and distributors, who will have the right to choose and release the film in theatres based on content,’’ says a source. “Also, all accounting discrepancies have been acknowledged and are to be eradicated from now on. Entertainment tax will not be charged where it is not applicable. And the equal rights for Friday nights mantra—all films (including Hollywood films) will get 50-42.5-37.5-30 terms in the first four weeks—will be followed,’’ adds the source.
The major chain is said to have taken these terms to the Multiplex Association of India (MAI), suggesting they all follow the same. While some multiplexes are ready to go with them, other hardliners are still not okay with the More >
Dan Brown-the name is enough to arouse curiosity! While the film adaptation of Brown’s The Da Vinci Code (TDVC) was above average, Angels And Demons succeeds in being better than the former. More about it later!
The story of the movie: Under the leadership of Father Silvano (Carmen Argenziano), scientists at CERN (European Organization for Nuclear Research) in Geneva succeed in getting hold of three vials of antimatter. But soon, someone breaks into Silvano’s lab, kills him and runs away with one vial of antimatter. Dr Vittoria (Ayelet Zurer) is the first one to find Silvano’s dead body. On the other hand, the Vatican is mourning the death of the Pope. It starts preparing for the Conclave of the Cardinals, which will decide who the next Pope will be. Until then, the Carmerlengo Patrick (Ewan McGregor) assumes the day-to-day control of the Vatican. But all hell breaks loose when the Illuminati, a 400-year-old underground rival society, becomes active and kidnaps the preferratti (i.e. the four most likely candidates to become the next Pope). The Illuminati even threatens to kill the candidates every hour starting at 8pm and then destroy the Vatican at midnight. It soon becomes clear that it was this kidnapper who stole the antimatter and he’s all set to explode the Vatican at 12 using it. The Vatican summons Dr Robert Langdon (Tom Hanks) and Dr Vittoria to help them find and rescue the preferratti, and search for the antimatter before midnight. An expert More >