UTV joins top 20 North American distributors

Growing South Asian audience flocked to "Jodhaa Akbar"

NEW DELHI -- UTV Motion Pictures said Monday that it earned $5.48 million from ticket sales in North America in the first half of the year, becoming the first foreign-language distributor to rise into the ranks of the top 20 distributors in the territory.

North America's growing South Asian population flocked to see such UTV releases as the historical epic "Jodhaa Akbar," which earned $3.44 million in ticket sales; action-thriller "Race," which earned $1.37 million; and recent musical release "Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na," which has earned $539,857 so far.