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HindustanTimes Sun,21 Dec 2014

Banned success? Kamal Haasan's Vishwaroopam is a hit in US

Agencies  New Delhi, January 29, 2013
First Published: 20:06 IST(29/1/2013) | Last Updated: 20:36 IST(29/1/2013)

Even as Kamal Haasan fights various state governments to get his movie released in theatres in his own country, his fans across the globe are doing their bit to stand by him. Vishwaroopam reportedly earned $634,912 in the US.

An NDTV report said Vishwaroopam is already a hit in the UK and the US.

Trade analyst Taran Adarsh wrote on his Twitter account, " Tamil film #Vishwaroopam *opening weekend* UK  95,676 [Rs 81.23 lacs] on 19 screens ... USA $634,912 [Rs 3.43 cr] on 44 screens."

Kamal Haasan's controversial film Vishwaroopam was finally released on Tuesday in Karnataka after the state police gave an assurance of providing adequate security for the multi-lingual film.

"Vishwaroopam has been released in 40 theatres across the state, including 17 in Bangalore from the matinee show today. All 17 theatres screening the film are already going housefull," sole distributor of the film in Karnataka, HD Gangaraju said.

The film, facing a two week-ban in Tamil Nadu due to its alleged anti-Muslim content, hit screens worldwide on January 25 but its release was deferred in Karnataka following a police suggestion in view of Milad-un-Nabi and Republic Day and later in the wake of a group clash in Bhadravathi on Jan 26 over screening of the film.

(With PTI inputs)

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