Kalki 2898 AD Rockets Through Specialty Box Office

Picture poster of Kalki 2898 AD

In a weekend marked by limited new releases, a few notable holdovers maintained their momentum at the specialty box office, with “Kalki 2898 AD” leading the charge. The Telugu sci-fi epic, produced by Prathyangira Cinemas, is proving to be a powerhouse, securing the No. 8 spot on 925 screens in its second week. This marks the second consecutive weekend the film has remained in the top 10, an impressive feat for an Indian movie, which typically sees the bulk of its box office earnings during the opening weekend.

Box Office Performance of Kalki 2898 AD

“Kalki 2898 AD” outperformed “Kill,” a Hindi action film that made its debut this weekend. With a gross of $1.79 million and a cumulative total of $16 million, “Kalki 2898 AD” has become one of the highest-grossing Indian films in North America over the past year. According to Comscore data, this achievement places it among other notable Indian films such as “RRR” ($15 million in 2022), “Animal” (also $15 million last year), “Pathaan” ($17.5 million in 2023), and “Baahubali 2: The Conclusion,” which earned $20 million in 2017.

On the other hand, “Kill,” a Hindi action film devoid of traditional Bollywood elements like musical numbers, received positive reviews but failed to resonate as strongly with the Indian diaspora and action movie fans. The film, distributed by Roadside Attractions, grossed $384.5k on 827 screens.

Additional Box Office Highlights

Among the other top performers was “Kinds of Kindness” from Searchlight Pictures, which completed its third week on 920 screens, bringing in an estimated $860,000 over the three-day weekend. This Yorgos Lanthimos film, featuring Emma Stone and Jesse Plemons, has now accumulated $3.8 million.

“Thelma,” distributed by Magnolia Pictures, also continued to show strong performance in its third week, collecting an additional $760,000 on 620 screens. Directed by Josh Margolin and starring June Squibb, the film’s cumulative earnings now stand at an impressive $6.85 million.

New Releases and Other Holdovers

Film Movement’s “Mother Couch,” directed by Niclas Larsson and featuring a star-studded cast including Ewan McGregor, Rhys Ifans, Ellen Burstyn, and Laura Flynn Boyle, made a promising debut. The film grossed $9,000 from its opening engagement at the Angelika Film Center, with plans to expand to Los Angeles next week and other top markets thereafter.

In its second week, Sony Pictures Classics’ “Daddio,” directed by Christy Hall and starring Dakota Fanning and Sean Penn, earned $90,000 on 220 screens, bringing its total to $770,700.

The specialty box office scene this weekend highlighted the sustained success of key holdovers and the potential of new limited releases to capture audience interest. “Kalki 2898 AD” continues to dominate, setting a high bar for future Indian films in the North American market.

In a weekend marked by limited new releases, a few notable holdovers maintained their momentum at the specialty box office, with “Kalki 2898 AD” leading the charge. The Telugu sci-fi epic, produced by Prathyangira Cinemas, is proving to be a powerhouse, securing the No. 8 spot on 925 screens in its second week. This marks the second consecutive weekend the film has remained in the top 10, an impressive feat for an Indian movie, which typically sees the bulk of its box office earnings during the opening weekend.

Box Office Performance of Kalki 2898 AD

“Kalki 2898 AD” outperformed “Kill,” a Hindi action film that made its debut this weekend. With a gross of $1.79 million and a cumulative total of $16 million, “Kalki 2898 AD” has become one of the highest-grossing Indian films in North America over the past year. According to Comscore data, this achievement places it among other notable Indian films such as “RRR” ($15 million in 2022), “Animal” (also $15 million last year), “Pathaan” ($17.5 million in 2023), and “Baahubali 2: The Conclusion,” which earned $20 million in 2017.

On the other hand, “Kill,” a Hindi action film devoid of traditional Bollywood elements like musical numbers, received positive reviews but failed to resonate as strongly with the Indian diaspora and action movie fans. The film, distributed by Roadside Attractions, grossed $384.5k on 827 screens.

Additional Box Office Highlights

Among the other top performers was “Kinds of Kindness” from Searchlight Pictures, which completed its third week on 920 screens, bringing in an estimated $860,000 over the three-day weekend. This Yorgos Lanthimos film, featuring Emma Stone and Jesse Plemons, has now accumulated $3.8 million.

“Thelma,” distributed by Magnolia Pictures, also continued to show strong performance in its third week, collecting an additional $760,000 on 620 screens. Directed by Josh Margolin and starring June Squibb, the film’s cumulative earnings now stand at an impressive $6.85 million.

New Releases and Other Holdovers

Film Movement’s “Mother Couch,” directed by Niclas Larsson and featuring a star-studded cast including Ewan McGregor, Rhys Ifans, Ellen Burstyn, and Laura Flynn Boyle, made a promising debut. The film grossed $9,000 from its opening engagement at the Angelika Film Center, with plans to expand to Los Angeles next week and other top markets thereafter.

In its second week, Sony Pictures Classics’ “Daddio,” directed by Christy Hall and starring Dakota Fanning and Sean Penn, earned $90,000 on 220 screens, bringing its total to $770,700.

The specialty box office scene this weekend highlighted the sustained success of key holdovers and the potential of new limited releases to capture audience interest. “Kalki 2898 AD” continues to dominate, setting a high bar for future Indian films in the North American market.

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