RRR's stellar theatrical run at the Japanese Box Office has been the deciding factor in this epic battle
Back in December of 2022, team RRR proudly announced that their film had become the highest-grossing Indian release in Japan. The S.S. Rajamouli had gone past Rajinikanth's 1990s cult classic Muthu in its pursuits to own the top spot at the Japanese box office, a coveted list that also includes big names like Baahubali: The Conclusion, 3 Idiots and others.
Turns out, the film was yet to reach its pinnacle at that point as over the next few weeks, the film outdid itself and continued to yield great results at the box office. According to the latest reports, RRR has collected more than Rs. 80 crores in Japan alone and by virtue of this, it has now become the third highest-grossing Indian film of all time.
The Jr. NTR, Ram Charan, and Alia Bhatt starrer has edged out Prashanth Neel's KGF: Chapter 2 for the podium finish in what seems to have been a neck-to-neck contest so far. RRR, as per the latest box office reports, has grossed close to Rs. 1258 crores worldwide with KGF 2, the film starring Rocking Star Yash, lagging behind by a very small margin.
But one could expect RRR to widen this gap over the next few weeks considering that the film is still ruling the box office in Japan. A trade website reports that the film, having already collected over ¥1350 million or $10 million in Japan, managed to earn ¥125 million in the 21st week alone. This has brought about a 600% hike compared to the 9th-week collections in Japan and a lot could be attributed to the recent Academy Award win, wherein it picked up the Oscar in the Best Original Song category for the track Naatu Naatu.
Well, few films of the modern era have such long-sustaining theatrical runs and S.S. Rajamouli have managed to put together something truly special. The same team looks quite keen on expanding the narrative in the form of a sequel (RRR 2) which, in all likeliness, will require a lot of time to come to life.