Kantara’s box office magic shows no sign of abating and Rishab Shetty’s divine blockbuster is making and breaking records every other day. Whether in terms of box office numbers in the different languages it was released in or the sheer number of people who saw the film, Kantara keeps breaking the mold.
A still image of Kantara
A little over two weeks ago, Hombale Films, the production house that backed Rishab’s film, announced that Kantara recorded 77 lakh footprints in Karnataka, the highest of any of their previous productions. And now for one more — the film has sold a whopping 1 crore tickets in Karnataka, a number that will continue to rise as Kantara continues to go strong at the box office.
In fact, given the continued good show in theaters, the creators have reportedly renegotiated their deal with streamer Amazon Prime Video, which holds Kantara’s digital rights. Hombale Films had sold Kantara prior to its theatrical release, as its enormous success was unexpected at the time. In fact, Kantara wasn’t released in Kannada until September 30th, and dubbing into other languages was only to come in time for its digital outing, which was expected to happen within a month. But the film struck a chord with audiences across the country in its original version, and demand for dubbed versions to be released in theaters increased.
Rishab Shetty as Shiva in Kantara
The team then had to release dubbed versions in Hindi, Tamil, Telugu and Malayalam in just two weeks. The film has done phenomenal business in Hind and Telugu and moderately in Tamil and Malayalam, grossing Kantara well over Rs 300 crore. The film is reported to have actually surpassed the Rs 350 million mark as well, which is a remarkable achievement considering Kantara was reportedly made for well under Rs 20 million.
There is no confirmed news about Kantara’s OTT outing yet. After initial reports that it would be released on November 4th, there were rumors that November 18th was the date, but considering how well Kantara is still doing in theaters, that too seems doubtful.