Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani: Cracks U.S. Top 10 and Breaks Box Office Records in India!

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Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani’ did great business worldwide and cracked the U.S. top ten at #9 this weekend with $1.3 million at the U.S. Box Office. The Ranbir Kapoor and Deepika Padukone starrer also did great business in India where it made 19.45 Crore ( roughly $3.5 million in U.S. dollars…) in it’s first weekend with audiences no doubt flocking to screens to see the onscreen chemistry between the two former paragons.

This is the highest showing for a Bollywood film in the U.S. since last year’s ‘Jab Tak Hai‘ cracked the U.S. top ten by debuting at #8 in November 2012.  That movie was the swan song for legendary Bollywood director Yash Chopra, the so-called “King of Romance.”

Getting back to ‘Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani‘, the film barely missed breaking Salman Khan’s ‘Dabangg 2‘ record of 21.1 Crore (or $3.73 million dollars) but is this year’s box office champ so far in India.  The impressive showing of the film in America once again underscored the ever increasing appetite of American audiences for Bollywood fare in the U.S. Indian films in the U.S. often crack the top 20 in their debuts, but an Indian film cracking the top ten is a rarity that seems to be becoming more and more commonplace.

Hooray for Bollywood indeed!

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