On Thursday, RRR began its international rollout in a few markets, including North America and the United Kingdom. The film made an estimated $4 million on its Thursday debut, implying a $7.50-8.50 million opening day, depending on how the actuals in Asian markets turn out.
In North America, S.S. Rajamouli’s epic historical drama debuted at #1 on Thursday, beating out The Lost City ($2.50 million) and The Batman ($2.46 million). With over 1200 screens, the film grossed an estimated $3.46 million (26.46) in North America, surpassing Baahubali: The Conclusion’s $2.25 million.
However, the film did had its first official #1 start in Australia, grossing A$ 702.560 (4.03 cr) on 120 screens on Friday, beating out The Batman (A$585K). In the Middle East and other Asian markets, Indian films frequently top daily box office rankings. There have been occasional instances of Indian films topping New Zealand box office statistics, but this was the first time an Indian film had ever topped the Australian box office charts, adding to Rajamouli’s long list of firsts. The opening day box office figures are the second-highest for an Indian film, after only Baahubali 2.
The film debuted at #2 in the United Kingdom on Thursday, behind The Batman, with a £240K opening weekend. The film cost just £50,000 less than the caped-crusader and was only shown in around a sixth of the theatres.
During the weekend, the film will be shown in around 2300 venues around the world.