`Salt` earns 7.8 crore in India in first week
Mumbai: Spy thriller Salt has become Angelina Jolie`s biggest opening film by taking in Rs 7.8 crore at the box office in the three-day weekend.
The film released in India on July 23 with 464 prints in English, Hindi, Tamil and Telugu, simultaneously with the US, where it collected $36 million at the box office, a statement by Sony Pictures said.
"The film has done great business thanks to Angelina Jolie`s appeal with both women and men and the spy genre which has always appealed to Indian audiences...it could be the highest grossing female-led Hollywood film in India," said Sony Pictures India MD Kercy Daruwala.
The espionage thriller sees some high octane stunts by Jolie, who plays Evelyn A Salt, a CIA operative who is identified as a Russian sleeper agent and is accused of plotting the assassination of the visiting Russian President.
Her CIA superiors are quickly convinced that she is involved in an international conspiracy and make her the target of an intense hunt. Evelyn risks her own life and that of her husband to prove that someone else is the traitor. The studio`s next releases are - Adam Sandler comedy, Grown Ups on August 13 and 3D film Resident Evil: Afterlife, which hits theatres on September 10. This will be followed by the much-awaited Julia Roberts starrer Eat, Pray, Love in October.