Sandalwood cinema has come into the list of the highest-grossing film after the release of KGF Chapter 1, and the market gets expend on a large scale. The Kannada film industry has given top-notch content from the past decades and released super-hit movies. Apart from the popularity of Sandalwood cinema in Karnataka, it is getting worldwide recognition. Following KGF Chapter 2 on the top, the list includes Vikrant Rona, James, The Villain, and so on. Let us look at the top 10 highest first-day gross Kannada movies.
1. KGF Chapter 2 (Rs. 164 crores)
KGF Chapter 2 is a Kannada period action film sequel to KGF Chapter 1, directed and written by
. The film became the highest-grossing Kannada film and recorded the highest-opening day collection in India. KGF Chapter 2 collected Rs. 164 crores globally on the first day of its release, and its total collection reached to Rs. 1250 crores mark worldwide.
2. Vikrant Rona (Rs. 35 crores)
Vikrant Rona is a Kannada action-adventure film starring Sudeepa in the title role with
. The first-day gross collection of the film is Rs. 35 crores, which is the highest in Kannada cinema. The film collected Rs. 210 crores in 27 days from all five versions and became the third Kannada film to reach the mark of Rs. 200 crores after KGF Chapters 1 and 2.
3. James (Rs. 32 crores)
James is an action drama film released on 17 March 2022, on the occasion of
's birthday, and show him tribute. The film became a blockbuster at the box office and made a collection of Rs. 32 crores on the first day. It is directed and written by
and stars Puneeth Rajkumar and
in the lead roles.
4. KGF Chapter 1 (Rs. 25 crores)
KGF Chapter 1 is a period-action Kannada film that features Yash as the main character, with
. Despite having mixed reviews, the film performed well and collected Rs. 25 crores on its opening day. It became the first Kannada film to enter the Rs. 2 billion mark and become the highest-grossing Kannada film.
5. The Villain (Rs. 20 crores)
The Villain is a Kannada action thriller film released on 18 October 2018, directed and written by Prem. On the first day of release, it made a collection of exactly Rs. 20 crores. However, the film did not perform well on other days and only collected Rs. 60 crores in the first week. The film features
, Sudeepa, and as the main character.
6. Gaalipata 2 (Rs. 20 crore)
Gaalipata 2 is a Kannada romantic comedy film features Ganesh, Anant Nag, Diganth, ,
as the main cast. The first-day collection of the film is approximately Rs. 20 crores, and Rs. 35 crores in four days.
7. Roberrt (Rs. 17.24 crore)
Roberrt is a Kannada action thriller film featuring Darshan,
, Jagapathi Babu,
, Devaraj, and P.
. V. The film was released on 11 march 2021 with mixed reviews and collected Rs. 17.24 crores on its opening day. Written and directed by
, the film became the second highest-grossing Kannada film at the time of release.
Kurukshetra is a Kannada mythological war film directed by Naganna and based on the epic poem by Gadhayuddha by Ranna. It is one of the highest-grossing Kannada films, with a total box office collection of Rs. 90 crores. The first-day collection of the film was approximately Rs. 13 crores.
9. Kotigobba 3
Kotigobba 3 is a Kannada action thriller film starring Sudeepa and Madonna Sebastian as the main cast. The film was released on 15 October 2021 and earned more than Rs. 12.5 crores on its opening day. It is written and directed by
and is a sequel to the 2016 film Kotigobba 2.
Pailwaan is a Kannada sport-masala film directed and written by S. Krishna and features Sudeepa,
as the main character. The film was released on 12 September and made a first-day collection of Rs. 10 crores. The film received mixed reviews from the audience and critics and has grossed Rs. 53 crores worldwide.