In terms of worldwide markets Kabali movie standing at No 1 position in Malaysia, No 3 at USA-Canada and in the United Kingdom at No 10 in terms of the opening day box office. The gangster drama has been shot in Chennai, Bangkok, Malaysia and Hong Kong, and also stars Taiwanese actor Winstan Chao as the principal antagonist. Despite receiving poor WOM, Kabali won't be affected till Sunday as it has already been sold out in major South markets. He doesn't need a festival to get the window for release.
Adarsh said Kabali had emerged number one in Malaysia taking into account Tamil and Telugu opening-day collections in that country and was number three in the U.S. and Canada. Rajinikanth's younger look in flashback drop is the main highlight in the film.
Fans of Indian superstar Rajinikanth offer prayers outside a cinema before the screening of "Kabali" in Chennai, India, Friday, July 22, 2016.
A few Kannada activists, led by former lawmaker Vatal Nagaraj of a regional Kannada Chakluvali Vatal Paksha protested against the hype and euphoria created by Rajini's fans, distributors, theatres, multiplexes, media and corporates by declaring holiday for their employees to watch the movie. Aftermath makes of "Kabali" are confident that the Rajinikanth starrer flick will mint in more cash than Sultan.
Fans cut their hair in the style of Rajinikanth's character and some even had his face tattooed on their arms as they awaited the release. No one had expected the Kabali collection first day to rise so much in such a short span of time and second day earnings are just the cherry on the top! Starting out playing small roles as a villain in Tamil cinema, he worked his way up, landing roles even in Bollywood, India's Hindi language film industry based in the country's entertainment hub of Mumbai. The movie also collected around Rs 100 crore outside India. The film, which was dubbed in Telugu, Hindi, Malayalam and Malay languages, has received thundering response internationally too.
Kabali Opening day box office collection: 50cr+.
Nambi Rajan, owner of Aurora Talkies, one of the last surviving single screen theatres in the city, told IANS: "It's like a Rajinikanth festival here".