Rajinikanth's "Kabali" has created history in the United States by registering the highest viewership for an Indian film premiere, thereby getting an earth-shattering collection at the box office. It has also broken the records of "Bahubali" and Salman Khan's recent movie, "Sultan."
#Kabali [Tamil+Telugu] sets new benchmarks in preview shows in USA-Canada... Takes an EPIC start on Thu: $ 1,925,379 [₹ 12.93 cr]. SUPERBBB!
SS Rajamouli's "Bahubali" had raked in $1,382,076 from the premiere in the United States. Salman Khan's Hindi movie "Sultan" had recorded a notable collection of $786,194, which has now been broken by "Kabali."
It has also broken Rajinikanth's previous best of $404,566 at a U.S. premiere.
"Kabali" is being released in Tamil and Telugu in over 450 screens in the U.S. Considering the huge hype around the movie, the distributor had held the film's premiere in over 260 screens in two languages. Their decision to organise special shows in multiple venues turned out to be highly successful, as the Rajinikanth-starrer made a record-breaking collection.
The distributor had reportedly acquired the theatrical rights of "Kabali" for Rs. 8.5 crore. The movie is expected to continue its good run for the next two days.
Find below the list of the highest-grossing South Indian films and Tamil films at the U.S. premiere shows.
|Top South Indian Grossers from U.S. Premiere before 'Kabali' release|
|Rank||Movie||Release Date||Premiers Gross||Locations|
|2||Sardar Gabbar Singh||08-04-2016||$666,000||170|
|Top Tamil Grossers from U.S. Premiere before 'Kabali' release|
|5||24 (Tamil & Telugu)||05-05-2016||$157,905||120|
Pa Ranjith's "Kabali" has opened to fairly positive reviews. The movie has also done well at the box office in U.A.E. and France.