We all know what happened when The Jungle Book released in India. The day was April 8 and Bollywood is still trying to come to terms with the manner in which it took over the box office. The Jungle Book became the highest-grossing Hollywood film in India ever! It was the first Hollywood movie to earn Rs 100 crore in India. In fact, such was its impact on the box office that Shah Rukh Khan’s Fan, which released just a week after the film, couldn’t slow it down. We think it all boils down to the fact that The Jungle Book is not just a film. It’s our entire childhood. People, who have grown up on Doordarshan, have fond memories about that film. It was pure nostalgia that played out on the big screen in front of us. The best was they even retained the title track of the show for the film. Of course, it fetched a tremendous response. That helped the film post a humongous total of Rs 188 crore at the box office. Now Avengers Infinity War is releasing this Friday. With the kind of buzz that the film has already generated, it can easily become one of the top grossers. But will it break The Jungle Book’s record is the question here. (Also read: Baahubali 2, Baaghi, The Jungle Book: 8 films that turned summer vacation into a blockbuster season)
Avengers Infinity War is expected to earn tremendous money at the box office. The reviews have started to trickle in and all of them are mostly positive. A premiere show of the film was held in LA yesterday, which saw a massive turnout. Akshaye Rathi (exhibitor and distributor), had tweeted, “Incredible advance booking figures for #AvengersInfinityWar! Potentially the biggest opening for a Hollywood film in India! Looks poised to score a century at the domestic BO! Can’t wait to watch it!” Trade analyst and industry tracker – Ramesh Bala also mentioned on Twitter, “#AvengersInfinityWar advance booking opened all over India yesterday. Already No.1 in Many cities across India. Record Opening expected.”
All this proves that Avengers Infinity War has the potential to topple The Jungle Book. It will be the opening day gross figures that will decide as to where the film is headed.