Skyfall grossed $6.2 million during it first week of release in India. The action flick opened on 907 screens--the largest 2D Hollywood release ever--in four languages: English, Hindi, Tamil and Telugu. Skyfall is well on its way to topping the Indian grosses of Quantum of Solace ($8 million) and Casino Royale ($7.3 million). [Times of India]
YouTube has partnered with India's external affairs ministry on a short film contest that will be open to students, amateurs and professionals. [IBN Live]
Two panels have been organized by the government to investigate a pair of Telugu films--A Woman in Brahmanism and Denikaina Ready--that have spurred protests by various communities. [Yahoo! India]
Not all films out of India are full of song and dance. Ship of Theseus is an independently produced drama that's gaining quite a bit of attention on the festival circuit.
With November's Jab Tak Hai Jaan, Shah Rukh Khan's career will come full circle. Khan got his big break 24 years ago playing a solider on TV in Fauji and now he plays one again in his new film from recently-deceased director Yash Chopra.
"No one understands romance like Yash ji did," says Khan. "There was always a love triangle in his films. It was because of him that people started calling me the ‘King of Romance.' It was only Yash ji who could add a romantic touch to an army man's life." [Box Office India]
The rupee climbed out of a recent slump by posting its biggest gain in the last two weeks. [Times of India]
A crop of releases from Eros started to lose momentum in North America during the November 2-4 frame.
Chakravyuh added another $14,783 from 79 locations for a North American cume of $145,499 after four weeks in theaters. That represents an 85% decline from Oct. 26-28.
Student of the Year grabbed $49,885 from 106 locations--a 62% decline from last weekend. The North American cume is a healthy $634,478 after five weeks.
English Vinglish took in $34,575 from 88 locations for a very impressive total of $1,829,442 in North America after nine weeks of release. English Vinglish suffered a 51% drop from last weekend.
The biggest North American hit for Eros in 2012 is still January's Agneepath with $1,986,748.