Top Billing For Superstar
It is a well known fact that Superstar is among the highest paid film stars in India. About six months ago, there was a report on remuneration of various film stars and it was mentioned that Rajini was the highest paid Indian film star and he ranked second in the whole of Asia (behind Jackie Chan). CNN-IBN has dug up the same article and presented it with some disputable facts.
Rajnikanth's last release Chandramukhi reportedly grossed over Rs 70 crore in 2006 - this with a mere regional audience and without an NRI following like Bollywood movies have.
Rajnikaanth is the highest paid actor in Asia after Jackie Chan. While Chan might earn 68-70 Crores (in rupees), Rajni officiaally (sic) earned 14 crores for Chandramuki officially. He also gets a percentage of collection.
Hindi movies do enjoy a good following globally, but Tamil movies also have a reasonably large global viewerbase. You can easily come up with a list of atleast 10 countries (small and big) where Rajini movies get released. Unconfirmed reports put Rajini’s share of the Chandramukhi collection at 50%. He could have earned about Rs. 25 – 30 crores as his share from the distributor profits. This is in addition to his pay of Rs. 15 Crores. So, Rajini could have made about Rs. 40 crores from Chandramukhi.