Hrithik Roshan’s new action-romance Kites became the first Bollywood film to debut in the North American top ten on opening weekend flying into the number ten spot. Released by Reliance Big Pictures, the Rakesh Roshan-produced film grossed an estimated $1 million for the period of May 21-23, 2010 ranking just behind the ninth-place film How to Train Your Dragon which has grossed over $210 million to date.
Kites has been praised by US film critics and has generated the most number of mainstream reviews ever for a Bollywood film on opening day. It has earned an exceptionally high 85% score on RottenTomatoes.com. In India, Kites soared to the second biggest opening day gross in history trailing only 3 Idiots. In addition, the film has opened at number five at the UK box office proving its worldwide appeal.
This Friday, May 28, a new version of the film titled Kites – The Remix will open in select theaters. It is presented by Brett Ratner, focuses more on the action, and runs 90 minutes in length. Some theaters across North America will be playing both versions simultaneously giving fans a choice in their viewing experience.