By: Settu Shankar
Thursday, June 21, 2007
At last our superstar Rajinikanth has done the impossible. His
magnum opus Shivaji-The Boss has become the first Tamil
film ever to find a place in the UK top 10. It is at 9th position
in the list. In Canada, it is No.2 with 9.7 marks out of 10.
The overseas distributor of the film Ayngaran International has
given some amazing data of the film's business in UK. In its
opening weekend, it collected £ 167,607 (about Rs.1.37 crores) from
12 screens. According to the distributor, it is the best opening
ever for an Indian film in Britain. Comparing with other biggies
like Fantastic Four, Ocean's Thirteen and Pirates of the Caribbean,
Shivaji commands a big lead in the weekend. The screen
average of Shivaji is Rs.11,45,314 (In 4 days) against the
Hollywood magnum opus Fantastic Four's Rs.6,33,210!
K. Karunamoorthy of Ayngaran International who is distributing
the film in UK and other European Countries said, "Shivaji
has set a new high in all these countries. It is because of
superstar Rajini's charisma. He has opened new markets for Tamil
films overseas. In Germany, the film made tremendous opening,
making us to continue the show till next weekend."