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Decoding Kaabil! Is this Hrithik Roshan film really at 'Hit' at the Box-Office?

Himesh Mankad | Updated on: 11 February 2017, 5:40 IST

Rakesh Roshan's Kaabil is about to end its run at the Box-Office with collections around Rs 95 crore. The Hrithik Roshan film had a below par start at the Box-Office however it managed to reach a decent total in its lifetime run which was boosted by the Republic Day holiday benefit.

The revenge saga is a profitable venture for the producers as they pre-sold all possible rights ahead of the film release. While the satellite rights are with Star Network owing to Hrithik Roshan's deal, the India distribution rights were sold to Cinekorn Entertainment for approximately Rs 42 crore.

While distributors have entailed profits, it is the sub-distributors at mass circuits who would lose around 20 to 25% of their investment whereas the ones at the metros have just about managed to break-even.

The overseas distributors too have entailed substantial losses by losing around 25% of their investment. The film could have done better all across, however the clash with Raees did put a major dent in the collections.

Economics of Kaabil:


Cost of Production: Rs 35 crore

Print and Publicity: Rs 15 crore

Total: Rs 50 crore


(For Producers:)

India Distribution Rights: Rs 42 crore

Overseas Distribution Rights: Rs 15 crore

Music Rights: Rs 10 crore

Satellite Rights: Rs 50 crore (Approx.)

Total Revenue: Rs 117 crore

Profit: Rs 67 crore

(For Distributors:)

Sold to sub-distributors: Rs 49 crore

Overseas Distribution Share: Rs 11 crore

Profit (India): Rs 7 crore

Loss (Overseas): Rs 4 crore

(For Sub-Distributors:)

India Distributor Share: Rs 43 crore (Approx.)

Loss: Rs 6 crore

The producers i.e. FilmKraft made healthy profit of Rs 67 crore out of which Hrithik Roshan would take away Rs 30 crore as his acting fees. Given the genre, the film would find it tough to justify the high price at which it is sold because of which Star Network too might entail losses.

PS: The numbers have been tracked from our independent sources in the trade and we don't claim them to be the 'exact' revenue and expenses of the films.

First published: 8 February 2017, 1:31 IST
Himesh Mankad @himeshmankad

Himesh Mankad is an entertainment journalist who has a B.Com degree from Narsee Monjee College, Mumbai. He prefers covering Bollywood and loves good stories and music. When not watching movies, he can be found on a cricket field strutting his stuff.