If Salman Khan’s Sultan and Aamir Khan’s PK earnings surprised you, the box office collections of Rajinikanth’s Kabali will leave you shocked. According to verified collection data provided by producer Kalaipuli S Dhanu to IndianExpress.com, the Rajinikanth-starrer has earned about Rs 400 crore already. While Rs 200 crore is the box office collection, the film earned Rs 200 crore before release with sale of music rights etc.
Dhanu said Kabali has earned Rs 90 crore abroad in the first weekend, out of which Rs 28 crore came from the US itself where the film is among the top 10 films being watched in the country. The producer put Indian collection for the first weekend at around Rs 100 crore.
“I will never forget these days in my life. This release has given me so much happiness. It has broken the collection records of Indian cinema in the last 100 years,” Dhanu said.
According to sources inside the industry, the total budget of Kabali was nearly Rs 75 crore, out of which the salary of the lead artist alone was around Rs 50-60 crore. Rajinikanth plays a Malaysian don who helps Tamils living in the country. Radhika Apte plays his wife.
Directed by Pa Ranjith, the movie’s production was much cheaper with relatively young technicians holding forte. While most of the shoots happened on location and sets in Chennai, shooting in Malaysia was probably the only big expense. Interestingly, the luxury vehicles and luxury cars used during the shooting in Malaysia were given free by many Malaysian Tamils and fans of Rajinikanth.
However, the film’s real test is the week ahead. While unprecedented fan frenzy helped Kabali break records at the box office, mixed reviews may stop its victory march in the middle. While Rajinikanth’s performance has been appreciated by fans, the film’s pace and script have been criticised. Can Rajinikanth’s Kabali maintain its pace at the box office?
(With inputs by Arun Janardhanan)