Superstar Kamal Haasan's controversial film "Vishwaroopam" has done well both at the domestic and overseas box office, but surprisingly, its collection in the United States from Tamil and Telugu versions failed to beat the earning of Telugu film, "Seethamma Vakitlo Sirimalle Chettu" (SVSC).
The Tamil version of "Vishwaroopam" has collected ₹5.65 crore ($1,039,343) and the Telugu version earned ₹1.09 crore ($200,293) from U.S. box office till Sunday, taking the total earning to ₹6.74 crore, according to trade analyst and film critic Taran Adarsh.
Meanwhile, Telugu film, "SVSC" starring Venkatesh, Mahesh Babu, Anjali and Samantha, which was released on 11 January, 2013 has collected ₹8.91 crore ($1,638,126) from U.S. box office till Sunday, wrote Taran Adarsh.
"Vishwaroopam" was released overseas on January 25 as scheduled but its release in India and Malaysia had to be delayed by a few days after protests by Muslim groups.
The mystery around "Vishwaroopam" total earning continues but a few reports suggested that it must have crossed ₹200 crore mark.
"Don't know veracity of figures, but some trade websites put collections of #vishwaroopam at 206 crs & counting. if true, then staggering," tweeted Rahul Bose, who also acts in the film.
He had earlier tweeted that the film collected ₹120 crore in just four days, only to be denied by Kamal Haasan, who also directed and co-produced the film besides playing one of the lead roles.
"Vishwaroopam" featuring Kamal, Rahul Bose, Pooja Kumar, Andrea Jeremiah and Jaideep Ahlawat, was originally scheduled for release worldwide on Jan 25 but it could not be released in India following protests by Muslim groups alleging that a few scenes were of bad taste.
The Hindi version, "Vishwaroop" was released in about 800 theatres on Feb 1 but the Tamil version was further delayed after the Jayalalithaa government imposed banned on its screening citing Section 144 of CrPC despite clearance by the censor board. It finally hit the theatres in Tamil Nadu a few days later after the state government lifted the ban following an "amicable settlement" with the Muslim groups.