"Maan Karate", the first big summer release of 2014 (Tamil), has fared well in overseas markets like the US, the UK, Australia and Malaysia.
The Sivakarthikeyan-Hansika starrer has minted pretty good collections in its opening weekend at the overseas box office. The film grossed $66,337 in its first weekend from the US, £34,336 from the UK, A$29,162 from Australia and MYR 334,187 from Malayasia.
"#MaanKarate [Tamil; opng wknd] USA Rs 39.87 lacs, UK Rs 34.19 lacs, Australia Rs 16.25 lacs, Malaysia [reported screens] Rs 61.42 lacs," film critic and trade analyst Taran Adarsh tweeted.
Despite getting mixed reviews, "Maan Karate" has opened well in India, as well as overseas markets. The film, which released on 4 April, took a huge opening in Tamil Nadu and reportedly grossed over ₹10 crore in its opening weekend in the state.
The fantasy romantic entertainer surpassed Sivakarthikeyan's "Varuthapadatha Valibar Sangam" opening weekend collections and has turned out to be the highest opener for the actor.
In Chennai, "Maan Karate" reportedly surpassed the opening weekend collections of Ajith's "Veeram" and Vijay's "Jilla". The film grossed ₹1.41 crore in its debut weekend in the city, which is higher than the collections of both "Veeram" (₹1.23 crore) and "Jilla" (₹1.32 crore), according to Behindwoods.
Ever since "Maan Karate went on floors, it carried a lot of buzz. The film's first look posters, trailer and songs generated a lot of hype and increased the expectations of fans. The response for the film's advance booking was fantastic, which helped the Siva starrer take a huge opening in its first weekend.
"Maan Karate" is expected to complete the first week with decent collections and sustain its momentum in the second week as well.
Directed by debutant Thirukumaran, "Maan Karate" has comedian Sathish, Vikram Krishna, Sayaji Shinde and writer Shaji in supporting roles. The film's story and screenplay were written by director AR Murugadoss and its music was composed by Anirudh.
(Edited by Vishnuprasad S Pillai)