India Box Office: 'xXx: Return of Xander Cage' Revs Up Ahead of Expanded Release

Courtesy of Paramount/Viacom18
Vin Diesel and Bollywood actress Deepika Padukone in 'xXx: Return of Xander Cage'

The latest installment of the 'xXx' franchise also stars Bollywood actress Deepika Padukone, and first opened in 3D and Imax in India a week ahead of its U.S. release.

Vin Diesel-starrer xXx: Return of Xander Cage is hoping to gather steam in India after the film began its initial rollout in the country last Friday, a week ahead of its U.S. release. According to figures from Paramount, the title collected $4.2 million (about 285 million rupees) in paid previews over two and a half days after its Jan. 13 opening, following the film's premiere in Mumbai, which was attended by Diesel and his co-star, Bollywood actress Deepika Padukone, who makes her Hollywood debut with Xander Cage.

As with any Hollywood tentpole release in India, in addition to its English version, the title has been dubbed in regional languages including Hindi, Tamil and Telegu.

Xander Cage first opened only in 3D and Imax across 1,200 screens as per Viacom18 Motion Pictures, which handles Paramount releases in the country. This figure will expand to 1,800 screens when the title also opens in 2D starting Wednesday.

India does not officially report box-office figures but according to estimates, so far, the highest opening weekend for any Hollywood film in the country was recorded by another Vin Diesel title, 2015's Fast & Furious 7, which collected $10.6 million. But that was largely attributed to the fact that Universal released Furious 7 on more screens, at about 2,800.

“With Deepika Padukone' s leading act in the film and Vin Diesel’s successful India visit, Viacom18 Motion Pictures has ensured India remains one of the priority markets for Hollywood movies,” Viacom18 Motion Pictures COO Ajit Andhare said in a statement.

In addition to its U.S. opening Jan. 20, Xander Cage will release in 53 international markets including the U.K., France, Spain, Germany, Australia, Mexico, Brazil and Russia, while the movie’s China release date is set for Feb. 10.


 

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