Besides the original Tamil version, the film has been released across the country and beyond with sub-titles in Hindi, Telugu and English. The film is facing a "ban" in the state over Rajinikanth's remarks on the controversial issue of sharing of Cauvery river water between the neighbouring states of Karnataka and Tamil Nadu.
Rough estimates say that for Rajinikanth's last film, Kabali, the film was released in more than 300 screens and each screen averaged a take of more than Rs 2 lakh a day.
Meanwhile, theatres in Karnataka are avoiding screening "Kaala", amid protests.
In Karnataka, the release was dampened as several outfits held protests against the film. In what is being perceived as a shocking setback to the Superstar's legend, his latest release Kaala is reported to have opened to a rather underwhelming response. Rajinikanth's film must not run.
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Earlier, Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy had suggested voluntarily backing off from the release in view of the sentiments of the protesters. Fans of the star assembled at most multiplexes since 8am, but theatre owners refused to screen the film.
One fan told NDTV, "We are all fans of Rajinikanth and we love to watch his movies here in Bengaluru". However, in Mangaluru there were no protests and the number of single screens was increased to three by Thursday evening.
In Chennai, Rajini fans offered milk to the poster of the 67-year-old actor and burst crackers before gathering in large numbers to watch the film in theatres.
One man outside Orion Mall said, "If even today he gives a report that I am not supporting this, we the Kannadigas will support Rajinikanth". Kabali is said to have earned more than 10 crores in Karnataka alone.