RRR: SS Rajamouli’s RRR added another feather in its cap when it crossed the $10 million mark in Japan. This milestone it could have reached if the exchange rates of the Yen had not weakened in recent times.
However, the 21st week of the film’s run in Japan was its biggest week yet, with JPY 125 million, representing a 60% growth from the previous week. Analysts see this surge because of the “Oscars bump”. The film’s song Naatu Naatu won in the Best Original Song category at the 95th Academy Awards ceremony on March 12.
After winning the Oscar, composer MM Keeravani said in his acceptance speech: “There was only one wish on my mind…RRR has to win …the pride of every Indian…and it must put me on the top of the world.”
RRR may cross Rs. 1200 crores worldwide today
On Friday night, the SS Rajamouli-directed epic grossed JPY 1358 million ($10.15 million) in Japan. Consequently, the movie’s worldwide total now stands at a staggering Rs. 1199 crores and is expected to cross Rs. 1200 crores today on March 18.
Last week, RRR surpassed KGF Chapter 2 to become the third highest-grossing Indian film and is currently consolidating its position.
In Japan it has earned total JPY 1358 million ($10.15 million or Rs. 83 crores).
The film has barely shown any drop in collections over the last two months or so in Japan. The 20th week of the film was 5 per cent higher than its thirteenth week, that’s when the whole awards season surge started.
‘Drawing exceptionally high footfalls’
RRR’s official Twitter handle shared that the film has entered its 20th week of run in cinemas in Japan. The tweet read, “This tweet’s engagement and compliments demonstrate how RRR is gradually penetrating into the roots of Japan with each passing day. Glad that the film is drawing exceptionally high footfalls and is currently running in 202 cinemas in its 20th week! Love you Japan (sic).”
With such sustained momentum, it is difficult to predict where the film’s collections will end up, especially considering Japan’s tendency to produce such prolonged runs. However, it is highly likely that RRR will surpass the JPY 1.4 billion mark by the end of Sunday and comfortably hit JPY 1.5 billion, possibly targeting the coveted JPY 2 billion mark over the next couple of months.
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