Kites released with 2,000 screens in India and across 500 screens overseas Friday.
The film that has been distributed by Reliance BIG Pictures is a love story between an Indian guy and a Spanish girl.
Kites has also caught the fancy of the American media, making it perhaps the most reviewed Bollywood film on opening day by so many US critics.
The New York Times considered it "all completely loony, but the stunts are impressive, the photography crisp and the leads so adorably besotted that audiences might as well check their cynicism at the door." "A lovers on-the-lam blast of pure pulp escapism. Directed by Anurag Basu with a finger in every genre jar, Kites caroms from car chase to shootout, from rain dancing to bank robbing with unflagging energy," it said.
In Times' view Bollywood star "Roshan requires viewing uncut: writhing on the dance floor or just gazing into space, the man was made to drive women crazy, one movie at a time."
Calling it "A romantic adventure!", Los Angeles Times noted "the love story draws from westerns, musicals, film noir, chase thrillers with stunts so preposterous they verge on parody - and it gets away with everything because of Basu's visual bravura and unstinting passion and energy."
Directed by Anurag Basu, the film has been produced by Hrithik's father Rakesh Roshan
Hrithik Roshan and Barbara Mori Promote Kites at R City Mall, IMAX and Big FM Studios in Mumbai