Rajinikanth's "Kabali" opened to an earth-shattering response at the worldwide box office on Friday, but the collection from North India was not up to the mark. Even then, the opening day box office collection of "Kabali" is better than Irrfan Khan-starrer "Madaari."
In the north belt, the Hindi version of "Kabali," starring Rajinikanth and Radhika Apte, was released in approximately 1,100 screens. "Kabali," which was not promoted in the Northern region, opened to low occupancy and mixed reviews. The film minted approximately Rs. 4 crore on its opening day, according to Koimoi.com.
Trade analysts did not expect the Hindi version of the film to take a bumper opening like a big Bollywood movies would do, but they are of the opinion that the film could have had a Rs. 5+ crore opening day total. Meanwhile, the opening day collection of "Kabali" is in the same range as "Baahubali: The Beginning" (Rs. 5.15 crore). But "Baahubali" was riding high with positive reviews and strong word of mouth, whereas "Kabali" neither has a good word of mouth nor positive reviews in the north, so it will be difficult for the Rajinikanth-starrer to hold a good pace at the box office.
On the other hand, "Madaari" had a poor opening day at the domestic box office. The film, which had opened to mixed reviews, minted approximately Rs. 1.75 crore on its opening day at the box office. The film had a low occupancy in the morning shows and saw hardly any growth in the evening shows. "Madaari," directed by Nishikanth Kamat, is not a commercial film and hence targeted mostly multiplexes audiences.
But now, "Kabali" and "Madaari" will have to show a good jump in the business over the weekend to put up a good three-day total. Also, the Hindi version of "Kabali" and "Madaari" have only one week to rake in good figures at the box office, because next week Varun Dhawan, Jacqueline Fernandez and John Abraham starrer "Dishoom" is set to make a grand entry at the box office.