Salman Khan starrer "Bajrangi Bhaijaan" may have ruled major parts of the global box office, but it has failed to overpower Dhanush's latest movie "Maari" in one country. The Hindi film could not beat the Tamil film in Malaysia.
"Maari" and "Bajrangi Bhaijaan" were released on Friday, 17 July, worldwide on the occasion of Eid. While the Bollywood flick has made earth-shattering business worldwide, the Tamil movie has made reasonably good business in limited circuits. Once again, Malaysia has turned out to become the biggest market for Kollywood.
The Dhanush starrer, "Maari", has earned Rs.1.20 crore in the first weekend at the Malaysian box office. The movie was released in 27 screens and had good occupancy all three days, whereas "Bajrangi Bhaijaan" was released in only two screens, which is very less for an A-list Bollywood actor's film. The Salman Khan starrer earned Rs.12 lakh from the two screens in the opening weekend.
The competition was mostly between "Bajrangi Bhaijaan" and "Baahubali" Tamil version, which has earned Rs.1.10 crore by the end of its second weekend. The SS Rajamouli directorial is running in 17 screens.
Kamal Haasan's "Papanasam" is still being played on 10 screens in Malaysia. The Tamil film has so far made Rs. 98.10 lakh.
However, we have to wait and see whether "Bajrangi Bhaijaan", which has made above Rs. 100 crore in the opening weekend at the domestic box office, will beat the record of "Kick" at the Malaysian box office, where the film had made lifetime business of Rs. 23 lakh.
As far as "Maari" is concerned, it is a regular masala movie starring Dhanush and Kajal Aggarwal. It is directed by Balaji Mohan. The film has done well in Tamil Nadu despite getting mixed reviews.