Tom Hanks and Irrfan Khan-starrer Inferno was rolled out internationally on Friday ahead of its US release, earning $50 million (Rs 330 crore) on its opening weekend. In India, the film made $1.3 million (Rs 8 crore), according to Box Office Mojo.
Because of Irrfan Khan’s involvement in the film, and the growing interest surrounding his mysterious role, Inferno scored an early release in India, a full two weeks before its US release.
The reviews, however, weren’t too kind. Inferno currently sits at a disappointing 23% on the review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes. Both previous instalments of Dan Brown’s Robert Langdon series received mostly negative reviews, and Inferno is the worst-rated of the three. The film also arrives at a time when Dan Brown’s source novels are at their least popular and seven years after the last film in the series. Both could be reasons for its underperformance.
Budgeted at $75 million, which is much lesser than the Da Vinci Code’s $125 million in 2006 and Angels & Demons’ $150 million in 2009, Inferno would have to earn at least $200 million worldwide to be considered even a moderate success. The Da Vinci Code made $750 million+ worldwide and Angels & Demons made $450 million in their theatrical runs.