Debuts In 5th Place
At U.S. Box Office
‘SPYder’ star Mahesh Babu in a cat-and-mouse spy thriller.
The Rentrak numbers are in and they confirm that Mahesh Babu’s Telugu-Tamil language thriller SPYder crossed the $1 million threshold at American theaters on Tuesday. That makes it only the third Indian film this year, and only the sixth ever, to debut with a seven-figure box office tally in the U.S.
The film’s fifth-place finish at U.S. multiplexes on Tuesday behind such Hollywood blockbusters as Kingsman: The Golden Circle, IT,Jeepers Creepers 3 and The Lego Ninjago Movie, is an impressive achievement, one that puts it in rare company among foreign language films that have released in American theaters. The highest-ranked opening for an Indian film there was the third-place debut weekend haul of $10.4 million collected by Baahubali: The Conclusionback in May of this year.
SPYder’s $1,005,630 American premiere puts the AR Murugadoss-directed film a shade behind the all-time Tuesday box office record for Indian movies of $1,069,497, also set by Baahubali: The Conclusion, on its fifth day of release. The SS Rajamouli-helmed epic topped $1 million on six separate days, and $3 million twice, a feat that is unlikely to be repeated by an Indian picture anytime soon in North America.
It’s notable that the majority of the biggest Indian openers in the U.S. are Telugu and Tamil-language pictures. The two Baahubali pictures,Kabali, Khaidi No 150 and SPYder all rank among the biggest first-day debuts in the territory. Although Hindi pictures dominate the market, with eight of the 10 highest-grossing films overall there, Telugu and Tamil-language releases tend to be more frontloaded, with very large premiere days often followed by rapidly dwindling attendance.
Though it’s too early to tell, Wednesday’s preliminary box office reports suggest thatSPYder may follow that same pattern. The first estimate I’ve seen for SPYder‘s second day indicate a gross of just $113,000, which would represent a hefty tumble from its opening day.
In other overseas reporting, Rentrak put SPYder’s Australia debut at seventh place on the charts with A$108,731 collected from 56 venues, apparently a record for Indian pictures debuting Down Under.
Reports from India have the thriller off to an excellent start.