Despite some harsh reviews amid jubiliant supporters, Vijay-starrer Tamil film “Kaththi” was able to collect a whopping Rs.15.4 crore on its opening day, hoping to make it big this weekend after Rajinikanth and Kamal Haasan films.
According to trade analyst Trinath, “Braving all the controversy and low-key promotions, ‘Kaththi’ has registered Rs.15.4 crore at the ticket window on release day in the country. The numbers are phenomenal and the film is expected to set new opening weekend box office record.”
In Karnataka, the box office collections amounted to Rs.2 crore on the opening day in 102 screens. Released in 2,500 screens worldwide, it is one of the biggest non-Rajinikanth films to be released in so many theatres and the occupancy was more than 90% on the first day.
Reports from Tanjore-Trichy areas said it was housefull in many theatres while in Tirunelveli, Madurai and Kanyakumari, the film was seen running well beyond expectations.
Another trade analyst Sreedhar Pillai tweeted, “#Kaththi takes extraordinary opening on day 1 in TN. Trade very happy as all shows full, wide release & tax free”, though his estimates of box office in TN were “at Rs 12.5 Crore net (approx) on 1st day-Oct22, multiple screens & shows & tax free”.
Directed by AR Murugadoss and produced by Lyca Productions, “Kaththi” features Samantha Ruth Prabhu as female lead, besides Neil Nitin Mukesh and Tota Roy Chowdhury. The film is expected to beat Vijay’s career best film “Jilla”.
Directed by A.R. Murugadoss, “Kaththi” is about a crook who helps police nab the villain and also brings forth his human side to help farmers who are otherwise on the brink of committing suicide when their land was being taken over by an MNC.
Made with a budget of Rs.70 crore, “Kaththi” was released on Wednesday to coincide with Deepavali in Tamil Nadu. Vijay’s previous film “Thuppakki” grossed Rs.65 crore in its first week and soon joined the Rs 100 crore club that was confined to Rajinikanth and Kamal Haasan films in Tamil.