Rajinikanth's "Kochadaiiyaan" is performing well at the overseas box office. Tamil films of big stars have good markets in key foreign locations. With "Kochadaiiyaan" being a Rajinikanth film, it opened to roaring response worldwide.
Although the historic drama faced stiff competition from other-language films including "Manam" (Telugu) and "Heropanti" (Hindi), the film fetched good collections in major markets like the US, UK, Malaysia and Australia.
"#Kochadaiiyaan, the much-awaited Rajinikanth starrer, has fared exceptionally well in Malaysia in particular. Is good in USA, UK & Australia," film critic and trade analyst Taran Adarsh tweeted.
The Tamil version of "Kochadaiiyaan" performed much better than the Telugu version ("Vikramasimha") at the US box office.
The Tamil version minted ₹2.56 crore ($436,165) in its opening weekend in the US, while the Telugu version fetched just ₹7.28 lakh, according to Bollywood Hungama. [Note: The screen count for Tamil and Telugu version varies]
The Rajinikanth starrer outperformed Tiger Shroff's "Heropanti," which minted ₹13.37 lakh in its first weekend. However, the film failed to beat the collections of Akkineni multi starrer "Manam," which did fantastic business in the country.
"Manam" collected ₹4.96 crore ($844,271) and is racing towards the $1 million mark in the US. With the film receiving positive response from the audience, it is likely to perform better than other new releases in the future.
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"Kochadaiiyaan" has minted ₹32.61 lakh (US$ 55,478) from ₹18 screens in its opening weekend at the Canada box office. On the other hand, "Heropanti" minted just ₹5.17 lakh from five screens.
The Rajinikanth starrer has done decent business in the UK-Ireland box office. The film fetched ₹78.31 lakh from 34 screens in its debut weekend.
"Kochadaiiyaan" earned ₹64.73 lakh in the first weekend at the Australia box office. The film performed better than other new releases as well as some popular films that are still running in theatres.
The Rajinikanth starrer has surpassed the collections of Pakistani film "Waar," which had earned ₹51.31 lakh at the end of the second weekend. The epic drama is expected to beat the box office collections of Punjabi film "Jatt James Bond" (₹91.78 lakh) soon.
"Kochadaiiyaan" Tamil version has done exceptionally well in Malaysia. The film collected ₹92.45 lakh from 29 screens at the Malaysian box office. However, the Hindi version of the film managed to earn only ₹2.92 lakh from three screens.
"Kochadaiiyaan" Grosses ₹42 crore Worldwide
According to official statement from Eros (producers of "Kochadaiiyaan"), the film has grossed ₹42 crore at the worldwide box office - ₹30 crore from India and ₹12 crore from overseas markets. The Tamil version is doing well in both India and foreign areas, while the Telugu and Hindi versions have failed to set the cash registers ringing.