Washington: `Kites`, starring Bollywood heartthrob Hrithik Roshan and Mexican star Barbara Mori, has become the first Bollywood film to debut in the North American top ten on opening weekend.
The film, introduced in 207 theatres, had sales of $958,673, researcher Hollywood.com Box-Office said in an email.
Reliance Big Pictures said in a statement that no other Indian film has opened in the top 10.
At least one other Indian-produced film had a bigger US opening than ‘Kites’. ‘My Name is Khan’ took in $1.94 million in February, ranking 13th in the weekend line-up.
`Shrek Forever After` has, however, topped the weekend box office after raking in 71.3 million dollars.
`Iron Man 2` landed the second spot with 26.6 million dollars.
Robin Hood came third with 18.7 million dollars while `Letters To Juliet` stood fourth with 9.1 million dollars.
`Just Wright` rounded off the top five with 4.2 million dollars, reports E! Online.
The top ten are:
1. Shrek Forever After, $71.3 million
2. Iron Man 2, $26.6 million
3. Robin Hood, $18.7 million
4. Letters to Juliet, $9.1 million
5. Just Wright, $4.2 million
6. MacGruber, $4.1 million
7. Date Night, $2.8 million
8. A Nightmare on Elm Street, $2.3 million
9. How to Train Your Dragon, $1.9 million
10. Kites, $952,682