Several movies from across various reaches of Indian cinema have been making up for the industry’s bumpy year by clawing out robust returns in theaters around the world this week.
The biggest claws of course belong to Salman Khan’s Tiger Zinda Hai, which got off to a rip-roaring start last Friday in 5,700 venues around the world. But the Hindi-language hit is far from alone in shaking up the international movie scene.
Apart from the Khan and Kaif-starring spy thriller, at least three pictures have done bang-up business in recent days in overseas territories.
The Tamil-language drama Velaikkaran (“The Worker”) enjoyed a solid five-day start in the USA, collecting $228,000 / ₹1.46 crore. Written and directed by Mohan Raja, Velaikkaran centers on a sales executive who battles against food adulteration committed by major corporations. The picture stars Sivakarthikeyan (Kaaki Sattai, Remo) and Nayanthara (Iru Mugan) and features a score by Anirudh Ravichandar.
The Telugu-language picture Middle Class Abbayi has overcome mixed reviews to top ₹30 crore worldwide in the past week. The Nani and Sai Pallavi-starring family drama surpassed $900,000 / ₹5.78 crore in USA multiplexes alone through Monday.
Another Telugu-language film that’s soared is the Akhil Akineni-starring romance Hello, which cooked up $713,000 / ₹4.57 crore in its first five days in the USA.
And then there’s the bustling Bollywood hit Tiger Zinda Hai. Salman Khan’s sequel to his 2012 spy thriller has amassed $8.5 million / ₹54.7 crore in its extended opening weekend, including $3.4 million in the UAE, $2.6 million in North America, $780,000 in the UK, and nearly $2 million in the rest of the world.