'Slumdog Millionaire' jumps into North American Top 10

Washington, Dec 23 (IANS) British director Danny Boyle's "Slumdog Millionaire", based on a book by Indian diplomat Vikas Swarup, has jumped into the North American Top 10 and also taken home more awards as well as several nominations for British Indian actor Dev Patel.

Patel gets a nomination for Outstanding Performance by a male actor in a supporting role from the Screen Actors Guild Awards along with nominations for Outstanding Performance by a cast in a motion picture.

Shot in Mumbai, the film that also stars Bollywood actor Anil Kapoor tells the heart warming story of an 18-year-old orphan from the slums of Mumbai who goes on to win a staggering Rs.20 million on India's "Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?" game show. Dev Patel plays the protagonist Jamal as a teenager.

It has earned six nominations including British Film, Director, British Director, British Actor (Patel), Young British Performer (Patel), and Screenwriter from the London Critics' Circle Film Awards.

The film has won the Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay, and Most Promising Performer (Patel) award from the Chicago Film Critics Association.

It has also won Best Picture and Best Director awards from the Detroit Film Critics Society and Florida Film Critics Circle. The latter has also given it an award for Best Screenplay.

After five strong weeks in limited release, "Slumdog Millionaire" expanded to more than 500 theatres all over the US and jumped into the North American Top 10 for the first time, finishing number eight for the weekend.

With its weekend gross rising to $3.15 million, up 45 percent from last weekend, the film has to date earned a total gross of $12 million.

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