Rajinikanth's "Kabali" reached the Rs. 150-crore mark at the domestic box office on its fifth day. After ending its first weekend on a high note, the movie witnessed a drop in the collections but it is enjoying a good occupancy rate in prime time shows in key centres of South India.
"Kabali" had grossed about Rs. 125 crore at the domestic box office during the 3-day first weekend from its three versions (Tamil, Telugu and Hindi). The pre-release hype had resulted in an earth-shattering opening of the film in India and worldwide.
Trade experts were sceptical about the performance of "Kabali" at the box office after the first weekend as the Tamil film had opened to mixed reviews. But it appears that the response had little impact on the movie as the audience turnout continued to be good in the prime time shows.
According to trade experts' estimates, "Kabali" has added over Rs. 25 crore to its total collection in India to cross Rs. 150 crore during the last two week days (Monday and Tuesday).
"Kabali" has minted over Rs. 53 crore in Tamil Nadu, over Rs. 35 crore in Andhra Pradesh and Nizam regions, over Rs. 20 crore in Karnataka, over Rs. 15 crore in Kerala and over Rs. 30 crore from rest of India.
The worldwide gross collection is nearing Rs. 250 crore, as per reports. However, trade experts say that the movie should earn over Rs. 300 crore in order to earn profits for the distributors and exhibitors.
The Malay version of the multilingual movie is being released in Malaysia this weekend, and the makers hope that would bring them good business as well.
"Kabali," which has fared well in overseas centres like the U.S. and U.K., has been made with a budget of Rs. 100 crore. It has earned about Rs. 225 crore from the sales of various rights and deals.
The Pa Ranjith-directed movie has been produced by Kalaippuli S Thanu.
[1 lakh = 100,000 | 1 crore = 10 million | 100 crore = 1 billion]