Defying trade predictions and reviews by critics, Thalapathy Vijay's Leo, directed by Lokesh Kanagaraj is unstoppable at the box-office.
The film which was one among several Indian and international releases during the long Dussehra weekend, seems to have emerged victorious at the global box-office with collections amounting to ₹200 crores.
Leo also becomes the third-highest grossing Indian film of 2023, after the likes of Shah Rukh Khan's Jawan and Pathaan.
Below is a break-down of the top global grossers for the weekend
1. Leo - $44.2 Million
2. Killers Of The Flower Moon - $44 Million
3. Taylor Swift: The ErasTour - $41 Million
In India too, the film witnessed new records. While it became the highest opener for an Indian film in 2023 at ₹148 crores, it also witnessed record-breaking business for a Tamil film in its home state Tamil Nadu.
But, trade experts have also observed that the makers did not choose to concentrate on the film's marketing in the Northern belt of India, which has witnessed lesser footfalls, in comparison to the Southern states. Only time will tell if the film stands this litmus test.
Leo is the story of Parthiban (Vijay), who will go to any lengths to keep his family safe, when their existence is threatened as he resembles a dreaded gangster Leo, who was presumed to be dead. When Leo's father Antony (Sanjay Dutt) and Harold (Arjun Sarja) come after him, Parthiban must do what it takes to stop them. With music composed by Anirudh Ravichander, the film also stars Trisha Krishnan, Madonna Sebastian, Mysskin, Gautham Vasudev Menon and Priya Anand.