Rajinikanth in Kaala
Rajinikanth's Kaala has opened to positive reviews from the overseas premieres.PR Handout

Rajinikanth's Kaala has ended up as the biggest Kollywood disaster at the worldwide box office this year. With its poor lifetime collection, the movie has incurred huge losses to its global distributors.

Amidst huge hype and expectations, Kaala was released in a record number of cinema halls on June 7 and received a good response, but the mixed word of mouth affected its collection in the following weeks. The movie has been withdrawn from most of the theatres a week before it completed 50 days.

Kaala has reportedly collected Rs 60.30 crore gross in Tamil Nadu, Rs 37.5 crore gross in other parts of India and Rs 52.6 crore gross in the US, the UK, Malaysia and other international markets.

Kaala has reportedly Rs 150.40 crore gross at the worldwide box office in 45 days of its release. The Pa-Ranjith-directed movie has ended up becoming the fifth highest grossing movie of Rajinikanth, as it has failed to beat the lifetime collection records of his previous films like Shivaji (Rs 155 crore) and Lingaa (Rs 154 crore).

Kaala has beaten the records of Theri and Vedalam, to become the seventh highest grossing Tamil film of all time. Here is the list of top 15 grossing Kollywood movies. All the numbers are in Rs and crore

Rank Movie Collection
1 Enthiran 289.00
2 Kabali 286.75
3 Mersal 244.80
4 I 239.00
5 Shivaji 155.00
6 Lingaa 154.00
7 Kaala 150.40
8 Theri 143.60
9 Vedalam 126.00
10 Thuppakki 125.00
11 Kaththi 125.00
12 Singam 2 122.00
13 Bairavaa 114.00
14 Kanchana 2 113.00
15 Vivegam 112.00

Kaala has been reportedly made with a huge budget of Rs 140 crore and its worldwide theatrical rights were sold for a whopping price of Rs 165 crore. The movie is estimated to have collected Rs 75.10 crore for its global distributors. The film has reportedly recovered 45.60 percent of their investments. It has incurred a huge loss of 54.40 percent (Rs 90 crore) for its distributors.

Here are the details of the theatrical rights' prices and earnings of Kaala in various areas around the world. These numbers are based on various reports and they may not match the actual ones. All the figures are in Rs and crore.

Area Rights Earnings Recovery [%]
Tamil Nadu 60.00 33.30 55.49
AP/Nizam 33.00 7.40 22.42
Karnataka 10.00 5.90 59.00
Kerala 10.00 2.00 20.00
Rest of India 7.00 2.10 30.00
Overseas  45.00 24.40 54.22
WW Theatrical 165.00 75.10 45.51