Predators grosses Rs 53 million in opening weekend

MUMBAI: It‘s the first time in the history of 20th Century Fox that the Indian market has featured in the top 10 International markets in the World, and with Predators it is three in a row for Fox Star.

Racing ahead of Despicable Me that released on 6 February, Predators, a film distributed by Fox Star Studios in India, grossed Rs 53 million in its opening weekend. So much so, the opening of Predators was much better than the opening of The Twilight Saga: Eclipse that released last week.

With its sophisticated special effects and thrilling action sequences, the film has already outperformed the lifetime collections of its predecessors - Predator and Alien vs. Predator series globally.

Produced by Robert Rodriguez, Predators has also proved to be a hit with the vernacular audiences, with the film‘s Hindi, Tamil and Telugu versions running to packed houses.

In fact, the film‘s Tamil and Telugu versions have got one of the best openings for a Hollywood film so far this year, leading ahead of Inception, Salt and Iron Man.

In single screens around the country, the movie‘s performance was much better than Aisha.

The success of Predators marks a hat trick of hit films for Fox Star Studios India within two months with the studio‘s previous two releases - The A-Team that grossed Rs 110 million and Knight and Day that made Rs 160 million.

Says Fox Star Studios India CEO Vijay Singh, "Predators has once again thrilled audiences and the response to the Hindi, Tamil and Telugu versions is exceptionally good. With important releases like Wall Street 2 and Narnia 3 in the pipeline, we look forward to further strengthening our No.1 position at the Indian box- office."

After Predators, Fox Star Studios will continue entertaining audiences with a string of interesting releases like Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps (releases 24 September), Unstoppable (releases 2 November), 3D film The Chronicles Of Narnia: The Voyage Of The Dawn Treader (releases 10 December) and Gulliver‘s Travels that releases on 31 December.

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