Kabzaa has completely failed to take off in the overseas market; domestic numbers, too, are quite disappointing.
Last Updated: 06.57 AM, Mar 24, 2023
R. Chandru's Kabzaa carried the promise of a bona fide commercial success into cinema halls on March 17. However, a week later, one finds the film to have not only failed to live up to the expectations but also infuriated many of its patrons by creating false hype. The latest box office numbers of Kabzaa reflect that the film is quite far from being the 'commercial success' that the makers seem to be gloating about.
We had previously reported that the Upendra starrer had encountered a major slump on the first weekday of its release (Monday, March 20) and managed to collect only Rs. 1.8 crores. Having closed the opening weekend at Rs. 21.45 crores (Rs. 25.3 crores in gross value) at the domestic box office, Kabzaa continued to fare poorly and has ended its first-week theatrical run close to Rs. 30 crores (net) in India.
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The Kannada version remains the only main contributor to the collections with the dubbed versions making no impact whatsoever, except the Hindi and Telugu releases which have Rs. 3.46 crores and Rs. 2.41 crores respectively.
Kabzaa's gross collections are approximately Rs. 35 crores (domestic) with the overseas earnings adding up to approx. Rs. 2 crores. Considering the budget at which the film was made and the scale at which it was mounted, these numbers are quite disappointing, to say the least.
However, the almost-unanimous negative response to the film put things in perspective. Many have chided the director & producer of Kabzaa, R. Chandru, for resorting to a blatant copy of the KGF films and for simply banking on star power (of Upendra, Shiva Rajkumar and Kiccha Sudeep) to lure the audiences to the theatres. Chandru and his team are now ready to extend Kabzaa into a franchise with Kabzaa 2 billed to be 'bigger and better' than the previous one.
Netizens, however, have not minced their words in criticizing him and have strongly urged him to not work on the sequel at any cost. Kabzaa is expected to drop shortly on Amazon Prime Video.