Record debut for the 'Kinng' of Bollywood


"Singh Is Kinng" made Bollywood boxoffice history during the weekend thanks to the star power of leads Akshay Kumar and Katrina Kaif — and a little help from Snoop Dogg.

"Kinng," which features a Snoop Dogg guest rap in the end credits, logged the highest-ever worldwide opening for an Indian film at $14.9 million. Indian ticket sales accounted for $11.3 million of that, according to figures from Mumbai-based distributor the Indian Film Co.

Previous record holder "Om Shanti Om" opened in December to $12.3 million worldwide.

Released on 1,800 screens — 400 more than "Om Shanti Om" — "Kinng" collected $3.6 million overseas, with U.S. ticket sales contributing $1.1 million and the U.K. $910,000.

"There is no doubt that 'Kinng' has galvanized the boxoffice, considering this year has not seen any major hits," Mumbai-based film trade analyst Taran Adarsh said Monday.