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Vijay’s ‘Leo’ beats Leonardo DiCaprio’s ‘Killers of the Flower Moon’ at global box-office

Director Lokesh Kanagaraj‘s Tamil-language ‘Leo: Bloody Sweet’ starring Tamil superstar Vijay, debuted in third position at the global box office over the latest weekend, with $31.2 million planetwide, according to estimates released by Comscore.

The weekend was won by Martin Scorsese’s ‘Killers of the Flower Moon’ starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Robert De Niro, and Lily Gladstone, with $44 million, followed by ‘Taylor Swift: The Eras Tour’ with $41.5 million, reports ‘Variety’.

However, in terms of worldwide cumulative among new releases, ‘Leo’ scored $48.5 million (after four days) compared with the $44 million earned by ‘Killers of the Flower Moon’. An homage to David Cronenberg’s 2005 film ‘A History of Violence’, ‘Leo’ released on October 19.

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As per ‘Variety’, the action-thriller follows a docile cafe owner (Vijay) who is incited to return to his violent past. The cast also includes Sanjay Dutt, Arjun Sarja, Trisha Krishnan, Madonna Sebastian, Gautham Vasudev Menon, Mysskin, Mansoor Ali Khan, George Maryan, Priya Anand and Mathew Thomas.

The film is produced by S.S. Lalit Kumar and Jagadish Palanisamy for Seven Screen Studio.

In the U.S., ‘Leo’ was released by Prathyangira Cinemas and earned $2.1 million over the weekend. In the U.K. and Ireland, it was released by Ahimsa Entertainment and collected $1.3 million in its first three days of release.

‘Leo’ is the latest installment in Kanagaraj’s LCU or Lokesh Cinematic Universe, which began with ‘Kaithi’ (2019), continued with ‘Vikram’ in 2022, and retrospectively included the 1986 title ‘Vikram’.

Characters from ‘Kaithi’ and the 2022 ‘Vikram’ make appearances in ‘Leo’. This is the second time that Vijay, known to his fans as ‘Thalapathy’ (commander), is teaming with Kanagaraj. They previously collaborated on ‘Master’ which grossed $36 million. Vijay subsequently headlined ‘Beast’ (2022) and ‘Varisu’ (2023), both of which delivered numbers similar to ‘Master’.

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