Tamil superstar Rajinikanth’s crime drama Kabali broke opening records in India and internationally last weekend while the global gross of Salman Khan’s Sultan surpassed $80 million. Written and directed by Pa. Ranjith, the Malaysian-set film easily won the weekend in India, beating Madaari. Co-starring Radhika Apte, Dinesh Ravi, Kishore, John Vijay and Winston Chao, Kabali rang up an estimated 109+ crore net in three days in India, an industry record, beating Salman Khan’s Sultan 105.50 crore 3-day debut.
According to producer Kalaippuli S Thanu, the leaking of the film online shortly after the first screenings on Friday morning had no impact on ticket sales because the print was of such poor quality and Rajinikanth’s fans wanted to see the film in cinemas. The film, which cost 170 crore, is already in profit as the producer recouped more than 200 crore from pre-sales including the satellite rights for the Hindi, Telugu and Malayalam markets to Fox’s Star TV.
Despite mixed reviews from critics, Kabali is heading break-free worldwide. As per critics, weak direction and script are the spoilers of the movie but still the presence of Thalaivar makes it worth watch. Fans of Rajinikanth are showing immense craze toward Kabali, there excitement can be seen outside theaters and on social media.
In the opening weekend, Kabali reported tremendous occupancy through out and did the business of 109.25 crores. That included 46.50 crores of Friday, 29.75 crores of Saturday and 33 crores of Sunday. State-wise breakage of the movie in the weekend is- 47 crores of Tamil Nadu, 21.60 crores of Andhra Pradesh, 14 crores of Karnataka, 7.50 crores of Kerala and 19.15 crores of north plus rest of India including all there versions- Tamil, Telugu & Hindi.