Vijay's "Kaththi", which is all set to reach ₹100-crore mark worldwide soon, and Shah Rukh Khan's "Happy New Year", which is racing towards the ₹200-crore mark worldwide, at the Bangalore Box Office. The two big releases from different film industries have ruled the collection centres, thereby taking toll on Kannada movies.
"Kaththi" was released worldwide on October 22. The Tamil movie got a dream opening in Bangalore with the film having 290 shows on the opening day. Whereas Shah Rukh Khan starrer "Happy New Year" released two days later on October 24. The Bollywood film had 260 shows in the Garden City.
The response for both the films has been fantastic and "Kaththi" and "Happy New Year" have ruled the market in the first weekend. While the Vijay starrer movie had around 1110 shows in five days (From Oct 22-26), the Shah Rukh Khan's flick had around 750 shows in three days (Oct 24-26).
"These figures are no less as it affected other movies mainly Kannada films. Indeed, these releases postponed a few big Kannada films. Producers here anticipated that "Kaththi" and "Happy New Year" would dominate the screens and it made them postpone their films," a theatre owner reveals to the IB Times.
"The two big movies also had some impact on new Kannada releases like "Namaste Madam starring Sringar Kitty, Ragini Dwivedi and Nikesha Patel and Prem starrer "Fair And Lovely," he adds.
"Kaththi" has earned around ₹4.5 crores in the first weekend in Bangalore and "Happy New Year" has made around ₹ 6 crores from the Mysore circuit.
As per the traders, the openings that "Kaththi and "Happy New Year" got is the biggest for both Vijay and Shah Rukh Khan in Bangalore. We have to note that it is not just the Garden City, the films have done well in a few other centres in Karnataka.
However, the collections have slowed down from Monday (October 27). Even the shows have drastically come down as "Kaththi" had 75 shows and "Happy New Year had 82 shows on October 26. Nontheless, both the flicks are heading towards creating new records at the collection centres.