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With everything set for an imposing Kabali release, the next big question is how much can the Rajinikanth-starrer garner at the box office? Before you think it is too early to be talking about the movie's box office collections, producer Thanu has an answer for you.
But before we get there, those who have managed to pick popular trade analysts' brains, have reported that the much awaited film is on course to amass a whopping 100 Crore rupees from its opening weekend (first three days) itself.
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Meanwhile In Bengaluru...
Meanwhile, special shows of the movie, which were planned to be screened at popular star hotels in Bengaluru, have been cancelled citing various reasons.
Deputy Commissioner's Let Down
"The film can be screened in theatres and multiplexes, which have taken permission from the authorities concerned, as prescribed by the Karnataka Cinema (Regulation) Act, and not in five-star hotels as requested by you. Your appeal has been rejected." Deputy Commissioner of Bengaluru told Lahari Recording Company, according to a report from The Hindu.
Objections From Various Associations
It is said that The Karnataka State Film Exhibitors' Association (KSFEA) and the Karnataka Film Chamber of Commerce (KFCC) had objected the screening of Kabali at star hotels in Bengaluru.
In fact, it is reported that various associations and groups threatened to block the release of Kabali in theatres and multiplexes, if it is screened at five star hotels.
"Earlier, the Deputy Commissioner had said his permission was not necessary. Considering the objections raised by KFCC and KSFEA, we applied for a written permission, which was rejected by him today," Lahari Music told the Hindu.
Why This 'Kolaveri'?
The logical explanation behind the protest is that if movies are screened at places other than theatres, it will affect the livelihoods of theatre and multiplex owners and their employees.
'Kabali' Misses The Record Narrowly
Kabali was on course to become the first Indian movie ever to be screened at star hotels. Now that the plans have been cancelled, more than 15,000 people will get their tickets refunded.
Going by the number of tickets that have been booked worldwide, the makers and theatre owners have predicted a business of over 100 Crores in the opening weekend. Interestingly, the film has already gathered over 200 Crore rupees from distribution, satellite and audio rights.
When it comes to its overall box office collections, producer 'Kalaipuli' S Thanu is confident about Kabali's performance in India as well as overseas.
In fact, the veteran producer believes that the Pa Ranjith directorial will collect more than 500 Crore rupees post its release. What more, Thanu has even said that Kabali will dethrone Baahubali to become India's biggest grosser ever.
"I expect the movie 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," 'Kalaipuli' S Thanu was quoted as saying to Firstpost.
The worldwide box office collections of Baahubali: The Beginning stands at over 600 Crore rupees, only behind Aamir Khan's PK, which collected 792 Crores and Salman Khan's Bhajrangi Bhaijaan (Rs 626 Crore).
Baahubali is also the highest grosser for any South Indian film and the highest box office grosser in India. Though Rajinikanth has what it takes to break such a daunting record, unanimously positive reviews will go a long way in helping Thanu realize his dream.
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