With the average ticket costing Rs 600, tickets were sold as high as Rs 1,200 per ticket even at an ordinary theatre.
Shamala Manogaran, 28, the manager of Lotus Fivestar cinema in Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman said they received a massive crowd of moviegoers for the first show this morning and the positive response has continued since.
They insisted that they wanted to watch the movie along with the actor's fans in a Chennai theatre as promised but were offered a screening elsewhere.
His last major film, the science fiction epic "Endhiran", was one of India's most profitable releases ever, grossing a record-breaking $13.8 million globally on its opening weekend in 2011 - including $4.4 million in the United States alone. But rest assured that Rajinikanth fans and they are legion will have no reason to go home unduly disappointed with all the sound and fury that the film whips up.
The film is being released in a number of countries including Malaysia, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, the US, France and Japan, where tickets are said to be selling out fast. Directed by Pa Ranjith, 'Kabali' has already broken records in many areas.
The film has also been released in Hindi and Telugu, apart from its Tamil version.
"Saluting" Rajinikant, celebrities like director S.S. Rajamouli, Madhur Bhandarkar, Kunal Kohli and Dhanush expressed their energised sentiments on Twitter while some shared their disappointment over missing the first day, first show of the film due to work.
Well, not only is the film creating loads of news but Rajinikanth's fans are also making headlines these days. Yes!
An Indian fan light a candle to bless an image of Rajinikanth outside a cinema on the first day of release of "Kabali" in Chennai on July 22, 2016.
Also, the other Critics looking so quite positive for the movie.
"Rajinikanth is not a human being".
The music album of Rajinikanth-starrer "Kabali" has seen a staggering 3 million streams on music streaming application Saavn. Said Raju, a fan, "The first-day, first-shows are meant for fans like us".
A fan with his body painted with an image of Rajinikanth poses outside a movie theater showing "Kabali" in Bangalore, India, on Friday.
"I am watching the film today for the unmatchable energy in the hall". Despite, the electrifying presence of megastar Rajnikanth, the movie's long running time and confusing subplots drag it down.