Starring veteran Bollywood actor Om Puri and 16 year-old debutant Aqib Khan, the long-awaited follow up released by Icon Film Distribution, has received a warm welcome, grossing £760,000 in its three day opening weekend.
Being shown on 184 screens across the country with an average of £4,096 each, West is West surpasses the previous record of £435, 000 set by East is East, and beat competition from romcom No Strings Attached, starring Ashton Kutcher and Natalie Portman and action movie Drive Angry starring Nicolas Cage. The top three cinemas attracting the highest footfall include Vue Star City, Birmingham at £29,000, Cineworld, Bradford at £22,000 and the Odeon Trafford Centre, Manchester at £17,000.
The film, written by the same screen-writer, Ayub Khan-Din, sees the return of the much loved Khan family and reunites original cast members Om Puri, Linda Bassett, Lesley Nicol, Emil Marwa and Jimi Mistry from ‘East is East,’ which opened on 11th May 1999 and went on to gross £10.4 million.
Vice President of Distribution & Publicity, Zak Brilliant, at Icon Film Distribution, said: “Following the critically acclaimed success of East is East, West is West has been one of the most highly anticipated sequel’s of the decade and the figures at the UK box office truly reflect that. Credit to writer Ayub Khan-Din’s and producer Leslee Udwin for keeping the adventures of the Khan family very much alive.”
He continued to say, “We are very proud to be associated with this hugely popular film, and to have worked with some of the best acting talent in both India and UK. We could not have hoped for a better start and hope that it continues to be successful.”
If I were you, I would not walk, I would run to check this movie out! I can guarantee West is West will be the new “talk-of-the-town” movie!