Kaala earned 104.35 crores in its opening weekend. The film opened to a lukewarm response all over India and its foreign markets. It grossed 67.29 crores domestically and USD$5.49M (37.06cr) internationally - mediocre for a Rajini film.
Kaala grossed 35.50 crores in Tamil Nadu over 4 days. Considering its poor 1st day, Kaala did not drop significantly. But nevertheless, 35.50 crores is a poor number. The film fared well in northern regions in Tamil Nadu including Chennai City and the Chengalpattu district. But southern regions with more B&C centers had a very poor response from moviegoers. Kaala was poor in other domestic circuits too. It dropped drastically in Andhra/TS with its 1st day contributing 47% to its four days total. Kerala was even worse. The film’s Hindi version did not drop over the weekend, however, it still put up a very low figure compared to what Kabali’s Hindi version did back in 2016. Contrastingly, Kaala’s Tamil and Telugu versions fared decently in northern circuits. Kaala also found a decent opening in the neighboring state Karnataka despite the limited release on its 1st day.
Kaala fell below the standards of a Rajini film in foreign markets. The film grossed USD$1,625,150 [10.98cr] from the USA. Though the film is already the 3rd highest Tamil grosser in the country, the opening is still below par for a Rajini film. Kabali grossed a huge USD$3.65M in its three-day opening weekend back in 2016. Here is a breakup of Kaala’s box office numbers in key international markets:
Kaala grossed a total near 35 crores on its 1st day (Inclusive of its overseas premiers on Wednesday). It registered 21.19 cores domestically and USD$2.05M (13.86) internationally. Kaala’s opening was less than half of Rajini’s previous film, Kabali. Ranjith’s film opened well across A centers while having a lukewarm response in B and C centers. Several reasons are behind the movie’s poor response including its lack of pre-release buzz, the failure of Kabali, and Rajinikanth’s recent political statements.
Kaala grossed 11.97 crores in Tamil Nadu. It did fantastic in Chennai City setting an all time record by grossing 1.76 crores on its 1st day. The Changalpattu district brought decent returns while all other territories failed to please the trade. Kaala holds the 8th highest 1st day gross in Tamil Nadu - a very poor feat for a Rajini film. Other territories - Andhra/TS, Kerala, and Hindi circuits - also returned below par figures. In Karnataka, Kaala had a very limited release thanks to a ban staged over the film’s release in the state.
Tamil Nadu Breakup
|Region||Amount in Cr|
|Rest of India||0.45|
|Region||Amount in Cr|
|Rest of Europe||0.37|
|Rest of the World||0.21|