Disney’s “Avatar: The Way of Water” has emerged as the highest Hollywood grosser of all time in India, beating the record held by the stable “Avengers: Endgame” in 2019.
James Cameron’s Return to Pandora is still leading Indian cinema and it grossed INR4.6 billion ($56.6 million), beating the Russo brothers’ Marvel epic which ended its run in the country with INR4.3 billion ($53.6 million). on the given numbers diversity by Disney.
It is mostly a Disney show from India in Hollywood’s top 10 of all time with “Avengers: Infinity War” (2018) at third place, “Spider-Man: No Way Home” (2021), “The Jungle Book” (2016) at fourth place. Fifth place is “The Lion King” (2019), sixth place is “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness” (2022) and ninth place is “Avatar” (2009). Two films not part of the Disney behemoth are Universal’s “Furious 7” in seventh place and “Jurassic World” (2015) in tenth.
“The unprecedented response in India to James Cameron’s unparalleled creative vision testifies to how cultural, geographical and language barriers blur when it comes to groundbreaking storytelling and an immersive cinematic experience. Audiences have eagerly awaited the sequel and have invested emotionally in the story. The first ‘Avatar’ did exceptionally well in India and we certainly expected that ‘Avatar: The Way of Water’ would set new benchmarks at the box office, but witnessing the overwhelming response from audiences across the country has been phenomenal,” Vikram Duggal, Head, Studios, Disney Star India, said diversity.
In India’s all-time box office top 10, including Indian films, there are only two Hollywood titles – “Avatar: The Way of Water” at the eighth position and “Avengers: Endgame” at the 10th position. If “Avatar 2” continues its current trajectory, it will soon surpass Rajkumar Hirani’s seventh-ranked “PK” (2014), which has a total of Rs 4.7 billion.
Big ticket Hollywood products, especially franchises, superhero films and animal features, are widely released in India and dubbed into a plethora of local languages. In pre-pandemic 2019, they accounted for 15% of the box office, and have returned to an average of 11% in 2021, according to the annual EY India Industry Report.
The market is growing. This is what former Disney chief Siddharth Roy Kapur said diversity In a recent interview, “It’s because of the efforts of both Disney and other studios to make sure we’re marketing these movies to a very broad mainstream audience.”
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