Odiyan sets industry record with Rs 21.5 cr domestic opening weekend total; 2.0 stacks up more records
Rs 7.2 crore, garnered by Mohanlal-starrer Odiyan, is the highest day one total in Kerala for any film in any language.
Mohanlal's fantasy thriller Odiyan, directed by senior ad filmmaker VA Shrikumar Menon, has set a new industry record in Mollywood by pulling in a solid domestic opening weekend total of Rs 21.5 crore.
Although the film faced a minor setback in Kerala on its opening day (14 December) owing to the sudden announcement of a strike by Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP), it did not dampen the spirits of Lalettan fans, as they registered a new opening day record in Kerala with a fantastic day one total of Rs 7.2 crore, besting the opening day gross of Rs 6.6 crore of Vijay-starrer Sarkar. The Rs 7.2 crore is the highest day one total in Kerala for any film in any language.
Odiyan has raked in nearly Rs 15 crore in Kerala during the opening weekend and failed to surpass the opening frame record of Baahubali 2: The Conclusion at Rs 15.8 crore. The huge drop on Saturday and Sunday because of across-the-board below-average reviews indicates a further decline in earnings during the weekdays for the film, which was bankrolled by Antony Perumbavoor under the banner Aashirvad Cinemas. Karnataka is the second best performing national territory for the film, followed by North India and the Telugu states.
In Chennai, Odiyan grossed a good revenue of Rs 16 lakhs, which is still better than the four-day opening weekend total of Kayamkulam Kochunni, Rs 11 lakhs. It is the highest ever opening weekend total for any Malayalam film in Chennai. The Bangalore opening weekend total of Rs 1.33 crore is also an all time record for any Malayalam movie.
The overseas opening weekend earnings of Odiyan remain good, although not extraordinary. In the US, the movie has collected $108.049 (Rs 77 lakhs), making it the second highest Malayalam grosser of 2018 in the region, only behind Nivin Pauly-starrer Kayamkulam Kochunni ($227K) and the 11th highest Mollywood grosser of all time.
Odiyan, which also marks the reunion of Prakash Raj and Mohanlal two decades after Mani Ratnam's classic political drama Iruvar, secured the second biggest Malayalam release in the UAE-GCC belt, a significant market for Mollywood films in the foreign ground. It has garnered a total of nearly Rs 14 crore from the UAE-GCC territory in three days, which is on par with the Kerala weekend total. The worldwide total currently stands at an excellent Rs 38 crore, making it the highest grossing opening weekend total for any Malayalam movie.
Holdover film 2.0, which is declared a super hit in the Telugu states and north region, is nearing its final leg of theatrical run worldwide and will pave the way for the string of new Tamil releases this week. In terms of domestic collection, 2.0, if all languages combined, has dethroned Baahubali: The Beginning and Dangal to become the second highest earning film in India after Baahubali 2: The Conclusion.
Despite a few low-profile Telugu releases such as Kavacham, Subramaniapuram, and Husharu, the Shankar-directed sci-fi magnum-opus topped the AP/T box office for the weekend ending 16 December. In Tamil Nadu, Chennai continues to be one of the most lucrative areas for the film. It topped the city box office for the third consecutive weekend despite new releases such as Odiyan, Aquaman and Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. Now, the grand Chennai total stands at a staggering Rs 22.37 crore. It is the highest grossing film ever in Chennai, besting the total of Baahubali 2: The Conclusion by a comfortable margin.
At the end of the third weekend, 2.0 has earned $5.38 million in the US (Rs 38.3 Cr), £ 725,817 (Rs 6.56 Cr) in the UK and A$ 1,367,363 (Rs 7.05 Cr) in Australia. In Pakistan, 2.0 has taken home earnings of a decent total of Rs 5.03 crore, lagging behind Rs 5.5 crore, the lifetime gross of Baahubali 2: The Conclusion. The film also topped the list of Top Trending Movies list on Google Search for 2018. The total admits in the UAE region has touched 257,000 and the collections stand at Rs 23.92 crore in 17 days.
With both Telugu and Tamil versions of 2.0 breaching the Rs 100 crore mark in gross revenue, it has now become the second Indian film after Baahubali 2: The Conclusion to attain the extraordinary feat in all three languages (Tamil, Telugu and Hindi).
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