‘Kayamkulam Kochunni’ has become the second Malayalam movie after ‘Pulimurugan’ to touch the coveted 100 crore mark. Hitting screens on October 11, the movie opened to tremendous response at the box office. The movie soon emerged as the fastest Rs 50 crore grosser in the in industry. A simultaneous release worldwide helped to movie to reap massive initial box office collections. With that kind of a huge opening, trade pundits had predicted that it would enter the Rs 100 crore club. The makers have now officially declared that the movie has done business of over Rs 100 crores. A detailed breakdown has also been given.
Box office collections from Kerala and Rest of India account to Rs 57 crores. Satellite rights for the movie was sold to a whopping Rs 15 crores. From the GCC centres, the movie has earned Rs 18 crores. From other overseas centres, the movie has earned a sum of Rs 4.82 crores (UK, Europe – 1.75 crore, New Zealand – Rs 17 lakhs, US- Rs 1.80 crore, Austraila- 1.10 crore). The audio and video rights were sold for Rs 1 crore. Dubbing rights for Rs 3.50 crore and Hindi remake rights for Rs 3 crore. The sum total of all this adds up to Rs 102.32 crore.
‘Kayamkulam Kochunni’ directed by Rosshan Andrrews is the story of Kerala’s legendary highwayman, Kochunni, who was active in the 18th century. Scriptwriter duo Bobby-Sanjay adapted the popular folk stories of Kerala and gave their own interpretation to it. Nivin Pauly played the titular role in the movie and superstar Mohanlal appears in an extended cameo as Ithikkara Pakki. The latter’s 15-minute-appearance is the movie’s major attraction.
Made on a budget of Rs 45 crores, ‘Kayamkulam Kochunni’ is one of the most expensive movies ever made in Malayalam cinema. Gokulam Gopalan of Sri Gokulam Films has produced the movie.