Just over two weeks ago, the film had become Hombale Films’ highest footfall recording project till date
Kantara’s magic at the box office is not showing any signs of waning and Rishab Shetty’s divine blockbuster is creating or breaking records every other day. Whether it is with regard to box office numbers in the various languages it has been released in, or the sheer number of people who have watched the film, Kantara is setting new standards all the time.
Just over two weeks ago, Hombale Films, the production house that backed Rishab’s movie, had announced that at 77 lakh footfalls in Karnataka, Kantara registered the highest number among all of their productions to date. And now, comes yet another – the film has accounted for a whopping 1 crore tickets sold in Karnataka, a figure that will continue to rise, given that Kantara is still going strong at the box office.
In fact, given its continuing good show in theatres, the makers have reportedly re-negotiated their deal with streamer Amazon Prime Video, which holds the digital rights of Kantara. Hombale Films had sold Kantara prior to its theatrical release, as its massive success was unexpected at the time. In fact, Kantara was released in Kannada only on September 30, and dubbing into other languages was meant to happen in time for its digital outing only, which was believed to be within a month. But the film struck a chord with audiences across the country, in its original version and demand rose for dubbed versions to be released in theatres.
Subsequently, the team had to get dubbed versions in Hindi, Tamil, Telugu and Malayalam out in just two weeks’ time. The film has done phenomenal business in Hind and Telugu, and moderately in Tamil and Malayalam, allowing Kantara to gross well over Rs 300 crore. It is being reported that the film has actually breached the Rs 350 crore mark also, which is a remarkable performance, given that Kantara was reportedly made for well under Rs 20 crore.
There is no confirmed news of Kantara's OTT outing yet. After initial reports that it would come out on November 4, there have been rumours of November 18 being the date, but going by how well Kantara is still doing in theatres, this too looks doubtful.