In news that will spark celebrations around the independent film industry, Ritesh Batra’s ‘The Lunchbox’ has been revealed as the highest-grossing foreign film in the United States thus far this year.
According to Box Office Mojo, the film – starring Irrfan Khan, Nimrat Kaur and Nawazzudin Siddiqui – has raked in more than $2.7 million at cinemas and will continue to open at more locations in the coming weeks.
The film, made on a budget of $1.7 million, has surpassed blockbusters such as ‘English Vinglish’ ($1.8 million), ‘Agneepath’ ($1.9 million) and ‘Krrish 3’ ($2.2 million) at the North American box office.
‘The Lunchbox’ also raked in $3.4 million during a three-week run in India.
Co-produced by Anurag Kashyap, Karan Johar and Guneet Monga, among others, the film tells the story of a most unusual love story between a lonely insurance executive on the cusp of retirement and a housewife.
‘The Lunchbox’ has received critical acclaim at festivals around the world, most notably at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival where it won a brace of awards.