Kannada multi-starrer Kabzaa has grossed around Rs.26 crores across India on the first day of release on Friday, March 17. Out of this, the Kannada version has grossed Rs.11 crore in Karnataka alone. Trade sources in the film industry arrived at this figure and said that despite not obtaining any over-hype, the film has managed to get a very good opening at the box office.
On Friday, the first, second and late night shows picked up pace compared to the morning and matinee shows. The film was released in over 400 screens across Karnataka. Trade analysts Chitraloka spoke to say that Saturday and Sunday would see better business for the film and even advance bookings point towards this trend.
The film was released to coincide with the birthday of Puneeth Rajkumar and stars Upendra in the lead with Sudeep and Shiva Rajkumar in important roles. With the summer holidays and Ugadi festival coming up, the big-budget action extravaganza is likely to become the first Rs.100 crore grosser from Kannada in 2023. Will it achieve the feat within one week or wait for the second weekend to shore up grosses is to be seen. Trade expects the film to pick up pace on Saturday and Sunday while the weekdays are expected to be normal.
The film is produced by Sri Siddeshwara Enterprises of R Chandru who is also the writer and director of the film. This is Chandru’s biggest-budget film in his career till date. The film boasts of some of the most spectacular action sequences seen on Kannada screen and a stylish and grand making winning the accolades of the public who have watched it. Critics have praised the film’s grandeur, rich sets and design.