Toppling the three Khans of Bollywood, Rajinikanth emerged as the winner on Saturday when the makers of Kabali announced that the film had made an opening collection of Rs 250 crore in the domestic market alone.
With figures like that, Kabali is now the all-time biggest opener in India. Shah Rukh Khan-starrer Happy New Year (2014) lags behind by a huge margin with Rs 44.97 crore as its opening collection. Prem Ratan Dhan Payo (2015) is a distant third with Rs 40.35 crore in its kitty on day one of the release.
Aamir Khan’s Dhoom 3 (2013) is close behind with Rs 36.22 crore followed by Chennai Express (2013) with Rs 33.12 crore, occupying the fifth and sixth slots respectively.
Salman’s Ek Tha Tiger (2012) earned Rs 32.93 crore making it the seventh in the pecking order while Ajay Devgn-starrer Singham Returns (2014) is ranked eighth with Rs 32.09 crore. Hrithik Roshan-Katrina Kaif-starrer Bang Bang (2014) made an opening collection of Rs 27.54 crore while Salman Khan’s Bajrangi Bhaijaan (2015) earned Rs 27.25 crore.
The large gap between Kabali and other big films can be attributed to the fact that many of the Hindi films released in one language while Kabali released in Tamil as well as in Telugu and Hindi in their dubbed versions. Also, Kabali released in approximately 8000-10000 screens all over the world, which includes 480 screens in the US, 490 in Malaysia and above 500 in Gulf countries.
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