'Kites' takes $14 mil in opening weekend

Brett Ratner remix bows on May 28

Updated May 25, 2010 19:19 Beijing time

NEW DELHI -- Reliance Big Pictures said Tuesday that its latest release “Kites” grossed over 650 million rupees ($14 million) worldwide on its opening weekend.

The film unfurled May 21 on 2,500 screens worldwide, which RBP claimed made “Kites” the biggest Indian release ever, including 2,000 screens in India and over 500 screens in major territories such as the U.S., U.K., Australia and 32 other countries.

One of the most anticipated movies of the year, “Kites” stars top actor Hrithik Roshan with Mexican actress Barbara Mori as star-crossed lovers and is directed by Anurag Basu.

Budgeted at $20 million and shot entirely in the U.S., “Kites” is produced by veteran filmmaker (and Hrithik's father) Rakesh Roshan via his banner Filmkraft.

But the film received mixed reviews in India, although some international reviews were encouraging.

Meanwhile, “Kites - The Remix” presented by “Rush Hour” director Brett Ratner will be released May 28, aimed at more mainstream U.S. and international audiences.
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