UTV Motion Pictures makes into top 20 distributors list in US

MUMBAI: UTV Motion Pictures has emerged amongst the top 20 film distributors in North America, according to the US box office performance in the first six months of 2008.

UTV releases grossed $5.48 million in the first 28 weeks of the year, making the company the leading Indian motion picture distributor in the United States and the only foreign language movie distributor in the Top 20.

The Company claims to have achieved this rank with three releases this year, namely Jodhaa Akbar ($3.44 million), Race ($ 1.37 million) and Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na ($539,857). The box office total was also supported by Aamir Khan‘s Taare Zameen Par, which was released in December 2007 but which continued its run into 2008.

“Entering the Top 20 is a major achievement for an Indian studio, given the fact that the market for Indian movies in the US is a small fraction of the mainstream American market. This is especially remarkable considering that UTV is one of the youngest Indian film distributors in North America, having established operations in the US only four years ago in 2004,” said UTV Motion Pictures CEO Siddharth Roy Kapur.

UTV’s latest release, Kismat Konnection, starring Shahid Kapur and Vidya Balan, has garnered approximately $280,000 in its opening weekend.

UTV‘s forthcoming films include Madhur Bhadarkar‘s Fashion, Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra‘s Delhi 6 and Main Aur Mrs Khanna, a co-production with Sohail Khan Productions.

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