An epic Indian action film has achieved a rare feat, debuting at No. 2 at the Australian box office.
- RRR has been billed as the biggest Indian blockbuster of all time
- It debuted at number two at the Australian box office – a rare feat for a foreign language film
- The three-hour epic has already grossed over $168 million ($125 million) worldwide
RRR tells a fictional account of two real Indian revolutionaries who fought against the British Raj.
According to data from Screen Australia, RRR earned $2.43 million for the week ending March 30, putting it behind DC’s only superhero film The Batman, which earned $3.52 million.
The film was released in 133 locations across Australia in multiple languages, including Telugu, Hindi, Tamil, Malayalam and Kannada, and grossed a total of $3.02 million after its second week of release. showing in Australia.
It’s a big Australian box office debut for an Indian film and a non-English language film, but RRR director SS Rajamouli said he was not surprised.
“Australia has always valued good films and content,” said Rajamouli.
“They accepted Indian films as their own.
“Australia’s box office numbers reflect their love for Indian cinema.”
“Friendship knows no boundaries”
The period film is just over three hours long and features major Indian NT stars Rama Rao Jr and Ram Charan, as well as Northern Irish actor Ray Stevenson, known for his role as Volstagg in the Thor films.
“The main emotion of RRR is the bond between two accidental friends,” Rajamouli said.
“Friendship knows no languages or borders.
“I always believed that this topic would appeal to a wider audience and it’s good to know that we’ve achieved that.”
RRR’s $3 million haul to date is a solid start for a foreign-language film in Australia, with the top five at the box office typically dominated by English-language films.
In comparison, 2001’s Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon had a lifetime gross of $11.2 million in Australia.
Other top foreign film box office performers include 2019’s Korean drama Parasite and 2001’s French comedy Amelie, which grossed $5.9 million and $7.2 million respectively domestically. , according to data from Screen Australia.
A global blockbuster
Making RRR was a colossal undertaking, filming over 300 days in locations including Hyderabad, Bulgaria and Ukraine, with over 1,200 people working on the project daily.
RRR has the second-biggest budget ever for an Indian film, costing over US$72.4 million ($97.05 million) to make, and it is the most expensive film ever made in the Telugu language.
“As a filmmaker, I want my films to reach and connect with audiences around the world,” Rajamouli said.
“If the film is successful, it will reach more people and therefore also be reflected in box office receipts.”
RRR has already grossed over US$125 million ($168 million) worldwide since its January premiere, buoyed by a wide US release and a major IMAX release.