Director Prem recently claimed that his film The Villain, starring Shiva Rajkumar and Sudeep has grossed Rs 20.5 crore on the first day of its release last Thursday. There is valid scepticism about his claim, but at the same time industry insiders are unanimous that the first day collection of this film is the biggest ever in Kannada. Also Read - I-T Officials Raid Kannada Stars Yash, Sudeep, Shivarajkumar, Puneeth Rajkumar And Others, Interrogation in Progress
Jayanna, a top distributor told Bangalore Mirror, “The highest first-day collection was by Masterpiece. Hebbuli, Rajakumara and Dodmane Hudga came very close. The Villain has easily crossed the Masterpiece figures.” Many distributors said that four straight holidays, doubling of the ticket price and the release in nearly 500 screens in Karnataka helped the film receive such huge numbers at the Box Office. Also Read - Kannada Star Yash And Wife Radhika Pandit Celebrate Baby Shower; See Pictures
Jack Manju was expecting a gross collection of more than Rs 40 crore in the first week till Wednesday and said, “There is one more holiday in the week on Wednesday (State government holiday on account of Valmiki Jayanti). The gross for the first week will be over 40 crore. The film did not get an unanimous thumbs up. The intellectual audience and some critics did not like it. Otherwise, the film would have reached Rs 100 crore collection very easily. But it will break the highest collection record in two weeks”. Also Read - Kannada Film The Villain Starring Shiva Rajkumar-Sudeep is Superhit, Collects Rs 20 Crore on Day One at Box Office
Jayani thinks that the film will get a share Rs 25 to Rs 30 crore in the first week and a gross of around Rs 40 crore. “If the film continues its good box office run it could become the first Kannada film to reach the Rs 100 crore mark in three weeks. This year, we expected Kannada films to reach the Rs 100-crore collection figures for the first time. The Villain, Kurukshetra and KGF had that potential. All three films were delayed,” he said.
“I expect the first week gross for The Villain at Rs 35 crore and a producer’s share of Rs 20 crore. It is still the highest ever for a Kannada film. It is true that the opening four-day weekend was superlative. But collections are bound to have dropped from Monday. The film has set a milestone for the first four days and as a result for the first week also. But whether it has the power to sustain the collections in the subsequent weeks is doubtful. Ticket prices will also have to return to normal. Reports about the film are not all positive. So collections will drop,” another popular distributor not associated with the film said.
The Villain is produced by CR Manohar under his banner Tanvi – Shanvi Films on a budget of Rs 45 crore. According to reports, the producer managed to recover more than half of the budget through the pre-release business. With the first day collections breaking records, this multi-starrer is headed towards breaking quite a few other records in the Kannada film industry.