Vikram-Shankar's magnum opus "I" ("Ai") continues to fare well at the Indian box office. The film has earned over ₹55 crore in just three days in India, according to Box Office India.
"I" had a huge release in various languages including Tamil, Telugu and Hindi. While the Tamil and Telugu versions hit the screens on 14 January, the Hindi version made it to theatres on Friday, 16 January. Although the Hindi version of "I" has opened on a decent note, its performance has not been up to the mark when compared to the South versions.
The Tamil version of "I" minted ₹31 crore, while the Telugu and the Hindi versions of the film have raked in over ₹22 crore and ₹1.95 crore in three days at the Indian box office. The film's three-day collections (all versions combined) from India amounts to ₹55.62 crore, reported Box Office India.
Check below the break-up of all three versions (three-day collections)
Tamil: ₹31 crore
Telugu: ₹22.67 crore
Hindi: ₹1.95 crore
All India: ₹55.62 crore
The Vikram-starrer has done exceptionally well despite getting mixed reports from critics. It has failed to create any record in Tamil Nadu so far. It was expected to break "Lingaa" and "Kaththi" collections on the first day, but it did not happen. "I" fetched around ₹8 crore nett in Tamil Nadu, but failed to beat "Lingaa" and "Kaththi" collections, which was over ₹12 crore.
The Telugu version of the romantic thriller created a record for a dubbed film on the opening day at the AP/Nizam box office, while it also fetched the second highest collections for any film on the second day of its release. In Kerala, "I" created box office history on the opening day by emerging as the highest grossing film. The Vikram-starrer also did well in Karnataka and overseas markets.
The Pongal/Sankranti holidays has worked in film's favour and has helped in fetching fantastic collections at the box office. However, one needs to wait and watch as to how the film performs during the weekdays.
Produced by Aascar Ravichandran, "I" is made with a whopping budget. The Shankar directorial needs to sustain its business and continue to do strong business in a bid to recover its costs.