'The Jungle Book' shines at Indian box office

Mumbai, April 10 (IANS) Filmmaker Jon Favreau's 3D live-animation adventure fantasy film “The Jungle Book” has received an overwhelming response at the box office in India and raked in over Rs.20 crore in just two days since its release.

The film, which collected Rs.10.09 crore on its opening day in India on Friday, witnessed good growth on Saturday by collecting Rs.13.51 crore, thus taking its cumulative total to Rs.23.6 crore, read a statement.

Released in India in four different languages (English, Hindi, Tamil and Telugu), the film brings a story straight from the enchanting forest of India and presents a modern take on Rudyard Kipling's timeless classic, originally published in 1894. 

The film, with Indian-American actor Neel Sethi as Mowgli, made its way onto the screens in India a week ahead of its release in the US. 

Along with Neel, the film is supported by Bill Murray, Ben Kingsley, Idris Elba, Lupita Nyong'o, Scarlett Johansson and Christopher Walken.

Bollywood stars likes Irrfan Khan, Priyanka Chopra, Nana Patekar, Shefali Shah and Om Puri have lent their voice for the Hindi version of “The Jungle Book”. 

The film is now expected to witness a good growth on Sunday, according to trade analyst Taran Adarsh.

“'The Jungle Book' is eyeing Rs.38 crore to Rs.40 crore in its opening weekend, which clearly indicates the love it is getting from moviegoers,” Adarsh posted on Twitter.