'Slumdog Millionaire' crosses $200 million mark
It doesn’t happen with every Oscar winning film, but Danny Boyle’s Slumdog Millionaire is still rocking the box office worldwide and has crossed the $200 million mark.
After sweeping eight Academy awards, the tale of a Mumbai slumkid’s rise from rags to riches has became a box office darling. As reported by Associated Press, by this Thursday ‘Slumdog’ collections across the world reached nearly $217 million. This is way beyond the last year’s best-picture winner ‘No Country for Old Men’, which collected around $162 million, but still behind Martin Scorsese's 2006 Oscar winner ‘The Departed’ which made nearly $290 million worldwide.
A feel-good Indian film by a British director, ‘Slumdog Millionaire’ has struck a chord with audiences throughout the world. When it opened at US theaters a few months back, it became the highest ever grossing movie with Indian stars.
Fox Searchlight’s co-chief operating officer Steve Gilula tells AP, “Very, very few films get past $200 million worldwide.”
According to Gilula, ‘Slumdog’ owes its success to Boyle’s storytelling skills, its unique combination of crew members, a mix of Indian and British origin people, and the attention it got at various Film Festivals and Awards, especially at the Golden Globes, BAFTAs and the Oscars.
In fact, Fox Searchlight is expecting the movie to cross $250 million mark. But the movie didn’t have a successful run at Indian box-office. Post Oscar win, the rise was inevitable but the collections can be termed as meagre.