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Kabali sets overseas record for opening weekend; Sultan nears Rs300 crore


The Rajinikanth-starrer nets $11 mn overseas; beats record set by Dhoom:3

Mayur Lookhar

Having set domestic records in the Tamil market, Rajinikanth's Kabali is making waves overseas. The film has bagged $11 mn (Rs74 Cr) from its overseas collection in its opening weekend. Kabali beat the earlier record ($10 million) set by Dhoom:3 (2013), as reported by BoxOfficeIndia.com. 

The film, which had over 5,000 screens worldwide, grossed $4.05 million in the US and Canada, the highest ever four-day figure for any Indian film. The three-day figure stood at $3.51 million, coming in second to PK (2014) which had grossed $3.55 million in these markets.

Trade analyst Taran Adarsh tweeted about its success in the overseas markets.

According to boxofficeindia.com, the four-day figure in the Far East markets (Malaysia, Singapore, Philippines) stood at $4.25 million. Meanwhile, the gross collection in the Gulf amounted to $2.25 million. The numbers for Europe, Oceania, UK and parts of Middle East are still to come, so perhaps, the opening weekend collection is likely to be in the region of $13 million.

While the numbers are great overseas, the collection for the Hindi dubbed version was merely Rs13.25 crore. Kabali had garnered over 750 screens for the Hindi version. The opening weekend collection is still better than the numbers generated by its competitor Madaari. The Irrfan Khan-starrer could only manage Rs8 crore in its opening weekend. Both films had released on 22 July 2016.

Meanwhile, Salman Khan’s Sultan lost its early momentum but is gradually nearing the Rs300 crore.  As per BoxOffIceIndia.com, Sultan got a nett of Rs11.50 crore in the third weekend, taking its three-week total to Rs 290 crore nett.