Superstar Rajinikanth’s Kabali released yesterday to storm the box office worldwide and thanks to the excessive hype, hiked ticket prices and Rajinikanth’s craze, the existing records are being broken not only in Tamil Nadu but also in the neighbouring states.
Kabali has reportedly crossed Rs 20+ crores on day 1 alone in Tamil Nadu. This a new benchmark set by Superstar Rajinikanth with the kind of pre bookings done in several places. However with mixed reviews, the film is expected to drop by around 60 to 70 percent in the next 2 days. In Kerala the film witnessed more than 90% occupancy levels, which is the best ever for any Tamil film released there. In Kerala, the movie is expected to have grossed more than Rs 4 crores on day 1, while in Andhra Pradesh/Telangana, the movie is estimated to have collected around Rs 10 crores from the opening day. Whereas in Karnataka the film is said to have grossed more than 6 crores. In North India, the film has grossed around 4 crores on Day 1 which is said to be the highest till date!
Overseas locations like USA and Australia took an earth-shattering opening. In USA, Kabali had grossed $2.5 Million until 10 PM on Friday, which is the biggest ever opening for an Indian movie there. Since the USA rights were sold for Rs 8.5 crore and the premiere shows’ gross stood at $1.9 Million, it was a runaway profit for the distributors. Similarly, Australian distributor has also announced that the movie will become profitable by Sunday. On day 1, the movie had collected £93,835 from UK and €41,280 from France.