Rajinikanth lost out to Ranbir Kapoor in north India

Superstar Rajnikanth rocked the box office down south with Endhiran, but the Hindi version of the mega budget sci-fi outing Robot lost out to Bollywood heartthrob Ranbir Kapoor’s mushy antics in Anjaana Anjaani in the northern region, where audiences are opting for the young romance saga.

The Ranbir-Priyanka Chopra starrer earned around Rs.260 million in the initial weekend, while Robot, which also stars Aishwarya Rai, raked in close to Rs.70 million. But in the southern region, Endhiran has broken all records by earning a staggering Rs.1 billion in the opening weekend and scalpers were even selling tickets for a whopping Rs.5,000.

Another release of the week, family comedy Khichdi – The Movie failed to invite much footfalls and lost to the two biggies. It could collect only Rs.55 million.

“The weekend was rocking. Anjaana Anjaani was very good with over 80 percent occupancy while Robot was in the second spot with close to 70 percent footfalls. Khichdi, however didn’t go as per expectations and managed only about 50 percent occupany,” Yogesh Raizada, corporate head (Cinemas) of Wave Cinemas, told IANS.

While Anjaana Anjaani was made on a budget of Rs.25 crore, Robot is Indian cinema’s most expensive movie with an investment of approximately Rs.1.75 billion.

Rajnikanth, 61, defied gravity and took artificial intelligence to the next level in his role as a Robot, again proving there is nothing that he can’t do.

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