While the Kannada version has managed to stay afloat at the box office, the dubbed versions have fared poorly so far
Kabzaa's box office continues to evoke curiosity among moviegoers and industry trackers alike. While the makers emphatically announce that the film has entered the Rs. 100 crore club and even celebrate the landmark through a success meet, trade reports reflect contradictory numbers.
Kabzaa might have joined the Rs. 100 crore club, no doubt, but certainly not by virtue of box office collections alone. The 3-digit figure that the makers boast about could be a combination of box office, satellite rights, digital or OTT rights and a few other parameters.
The R. Chandru, as per reliable trade sites, managed to collect close to Rs. 10.50 crores on the opening day of its release, with the Kannada, and original, version being the biggest contributor (Rs. 8 crores) of the share. This can be seen as a below-par beginning, no doubt, but one hoped to see the film equally well, if not better, over the next two days. However, Kabzaa's box office collections continued to drop and the film could muster up only Rs. 5.75 crores and Rs. 5.35 crores on the first Saturday and Sunday respectively. The Upendra - Shriya Saran starrer closed the opening weekend at Rs. 21.45 crores (net) at the domestic box office.
With the opening weekend, which is considered to be a highly crucial phase with respect to the box office, yielding less-than-favourable results, one deemed that only a 'miracle' of some kind could help Kabzaa gain traction through the week. Unfortunately, the film has encountered yet another slump with the same trade reports estimating that the film has collected only Rs. 3 crores (net) in India, taking the collections closer to the Rs. 25 crore mark.
The overseas collections of the film are yet to be disclosed but a few other reports claim that the R. Chandru directorial has grossed Rs. 35 crores worldwide.
Kabzaa also stars Kiccha Sudeep, Sunil Puranik, Nawab Shah, Murali Sharma, Sudha and others with Shiva Rajkumar making a cameo appearance in the film.