But his political entry and recent caste based films seems to have affected the opening and also, the release timing seems to have had big affect too.
With working day release, the movie had to wait till the weekend to put up better collections. Still, for four days from Tamil Nadu, movie could only collect Rs. 55 crores gross and Rs. 32 crores share.
Vijay's Sarkar got Rs. 32 crores gross on first day. Even though one can argue it released on the biggest holiday of the year other than Pongal, for Tamilians, Rajni proved that he grew beyond such metrics earlier.
So, this can be seen as a sign of younger lot preferring yonger stars. In Telugu movie is steady and in Hindi, movie grew exponentially from first day and on Sunday, it earned Rs. 34 crores Nett.
This is a huge jump and total weekend collections are Rs. 94 crores Nett, which is huge for Rajni-Shankar film and even close to Top 5th highest in Akshay Kumar films.
Even Baahubali-2 collections in North surprised many but it over performed expectations everywhere. We have to wait and see, where 2.0 headed after the initial weekend.
The four weekend said to have fetched movie a gross close to Rs. 350 crores and from Monday, the real litmus test for the movie, begins.