Updated: SS Rajamouli’s “RRR”, starring Ram Charan and NTR Jr, which is now the highest-grossing Indian film of all time in Japan, continues to do blockbuster business in the country. A Dolby Vision print of the film was released on January 20 and more IMAX screens were added, leading to an increase in admissions.
7,181 admissions on January 20, 14,102 on January 21 and 15,733 on January 22 and the film collected JPY67.4 million ($519,000) million over the weekend for a total of JPY650 million ($5 million). The previous Indian record holder at the Japanese box office was Superstar Rajinikanth’s “Muthu”, which collected JPY400 million ($3.07 million) in 1998.
Previously: SS Rajamouli’s blockbuster “RRR”, starring Ram Charan and NTR Jr, continues to rack up numbers at the Japanese box office.
After 20 days of release, the film collected JPY206 million ($1.4 million), making it the third highest Indian grosser in Japan after Rajamouli’s “Baahubali 2: The Conclusion”, starring Prabhas, which collected JPY300 million. “RRR” surpassed Aamir Khan’s “3 Idiots” which earned JPY170 million.
“‘Baahubali 2’ took almost half a year and two releases to gross JPY200 million,” said Keizo Kabata, distributor of “RRR” Japan. “For ‘Baahubali 2’, we released the international version first and followed it with the original version after five months and then proceeded to release the IMAX version after four months. But for ‘RRR’, there is no international cut as we edited the film. We didn’t want to do it. We released the Imax version along with the original version. We hope that the film will attract more viewers and run in theaters for a long time and try to bring the Dolby Cinema version of the film in Japan.”
Before: SS Rajamouli’s blockbuster “RRR”, starring Ram Charan and NTR Jr, is racking up numbers at the Japanese box office.
After an impressive worldwide run, where it grossed $145 million, including $14.5 million in North America, the film was released in Japan on October 21.
Keizo Kabata’s Twin opened in Japan on 209 screens and 31 IMAX screens in 44 cities and prefectures, the widest release for an Indian film in the country. Rajamouli, NTR Jr. and Ram Charan visited Japan for the film’s promotional tour.
In one week, “RRR” collected JPY73 million ($495,000), the highest first-week collection for an Indian film in Japan, according to Twin. “RRR” opened at No. 10 and the top nine films were all local Japanese films. “RRR” was the highest-grossing foreign film of the week ahead of “The Bad Guys”, “Spencer” and “Jurassic World Dominion”.
Twine assumes that “RRR” will recover release costs and enter profit within 10 days of release. After 10 days, the film grossed over JPY110 million.
“Muthu”, starring superstar Rajinikanth, is the highest-grossing Indian film of all time in Japan with a box office collection of JPY400 million. “Muthu” was released in 1998 in limited screens at Arthouse Cinemas and ran for a year. Despite being released 24 years ago, ticket prices have not seen significant inflation. Average ticket price of “Muthu” was JPY1,800 and “RRR” ticket price was JPY1,900.
Although historical data is lacking for Indian films at the Japanese box office due to releases in arthouse cinemas, distributors and industry insiders in Japan have compiled a chart.
Rajamouli’s “Bahubali 2: The Conclusion”, starring Prabhas, is second on the all-time Indian box office list in Japan, with JPY300 million, followed by Aamir Khan’s “3 Idiots” with JPY170 million, Sridevi’s “English Vinglish” with JPY130 million, Akshay Kumar’s “Padman” with JPY90 million. Also, Aamir Khan’s “Dangal” JPY80 million and Rajamouli’s “Baahubali: The Beginning” JPY75 million.
“Director Rajamouli is one of the most anticipated directors and has a solid fan base in Japan as ‘Baahubali 2’ ran for a year in 2017 and grossed JPY300M. Also, the Japanese theater market is returning to normal and audiences are expecting an exciting movie experience like ‘RRR’,” said Twins’ Kabata. diversity.
“Japanese audiences find that Indian films, especially ‘RRR’, are completely different from the films they usually watch and have a lot of energy, which makes them feel refreshed,” added Kabata.