Even before the theatrical release of superstar Rajinikanth's Kabali, the film's producer 'Kalaipuli' S Thanu had expressed confidence over the movie's performance at the box office all over the world.
He had said the Pa Ranjith directorial will become the first Tamil film to cross the 500 Crore mark.
"I expect the movie (Kabali) to make more than Rs 500 crore when it releases. It will be bigger than 'Baahubali' because that is the power and stature of Rajinikanth," Thanu was quoted as saying to Firstpost.
Though the film-maker's claim seemed to be too tall for one's liking in the world of reality, it now looks possible as Kabali is off to a great start.
In foreign countries alone, Kabali is said to have grossed over 75 Crore rupees from its opening weekend, which is so far the best among Indian flicks.
In India too, the gangster drama is minting money with record collections at many places. In Chennai alone, the film has grossed 4.55 Crores from the first 4 days, it is said.
In Karnataka and Kerala, Kabali has grossed a whopping 9.78 Crores and 10.45 Crores respectively (opening weekend), becoming the first ever Tamil film to do so in these two states. At Kochi multiplexes alone the movie has grossed over 1 Crore rupees, which is huge.
With Kabali still going strong all over the world, the Rajinikanth-starrer is expected to cross the 500 Crore mark by the end of its second weekend.
Advance booking too, is said to be pretty impressive as fans and moviegoers are busy booking tickets to view the film in its second weekend.
"Extraordinary advance bookings for this weekend. Will be giving 8 shows for #Kabali , shows starting 9.15 am," Rakesh Gowthaman, Director, Vettri Theatres posted on his Twitter page.
Stay tuned for more updates on Kabali and its box office collections.