Rajinikanth has set a new benchmark at the Tamil Nadu box office. His latest movie "Kabali" has now become the fastest Rs. 50-crore grosser in the state. The multilingual film reached the mark on its fourth day.
"Kabali" minted Rs. 46.5 crore in its first-weekend in Tamil Nadu. The movie had got a fantastic start by earning Rs. 21.5 crore on the first day in the state. The single screens in the state had up to seven shows on the opening day outside Chennai.
But there were not many special shows on the second day, due to which the collection saw a huge dip and "Kabali" ended up collecting Rs. 11.3 crore to take its two-day collection to Rs. 32.8 crore. However, the business of the Tamil film improved on Sunday as the movie added Rs. 13.7 crore to take its first weekend total to Rs. 46.5 crore in Tamil Nadu.
The early estimates say that "Kabali" has earned around Rs. 6.5-7 crore on its first Monday to take its total tally to Rs. 53.5 crore in four days. The trade experts had predicted that the film would do an earth-shattering collection in the first weekend due to the hype that the flick generated before its release. However, the film's business on its fourth day is an indication of the flick being liked by the audience despite mixed reviews.
Rajinikanth's previous movie "Lingaa" had earned Rs. 31.7 crore at the Tamil Nadu box office in its first weekend. Now, "Kabali" has beaten the records of Ilayathalapathy Vijay's "Theri" and Ajith Kumar's "Vedalam," which had taken seven days to reach the Rs. 50-crore mark in the state.
"Kabali" is made on a budget of Rs. 100 crore and the film has earned over Rs. 225 crore from the sales of worldwide theatrical rights, audio and satellite rights and from various other deals. In the first weekend, the multilingual flick raked in over Rs. 200 crore and the trade experts say that it needs to gross over Rs. 300 crore in order to be declared a profitable venture for distributors and exhibitors.
[1 lakh = 100,000 | 1 crore = 10 million | 100 crore = 1 billion]