Meanwhile, theatres in Karnataka are avoiding screening "Kaala", amid protests.
Sources at Chennai theatres say the film has found pre-bookings only for two days, which is extremely unusual for a Rajinikanth film.
The film, however, will have its full-fledged release in the state on Friday, The New Indian Express reported.
Rajinikanth starrer "Kaala" has opened up well. He is a Rajini fan.
In Delhi, earlier, the Supreme Court refused to stall the release of the film. "The promos of Kaala haven't established a connect with Hindi audiences". However, after 11 am it is likely that the film will begin.
"Kaala has to compete with a Steven Spielberg franchise Jurassic World which is a huge event".
Oscar-winning sound designer Resul Pookutty who has worked repeatedly with Rajini on Ra.One, Robot etc, agrees that Rajini's politics could be a negative force in his career.
According to the reports that have been doing the rounds, Kaala has been leaked online on the very first day of its release. While single screens did not try releasing the film, a few multiplexes started screening after 1 pm.
As directed by the Karnataka High Court on Tuesday, the state government deployed adequate police personnel at the theatres and multiplexes for the protection of fans and safety of public property after the activists urged distributors and exhibitors to avoid screening the film. Our honour and Kannada pride are at stake.
Back in India, the film was released to positive response with fans queueing up outside theatres to catch an early show of superstar's latest.
One man outside Orion Mall said, "If even today he gives a report that I am not supporting this, we the Kannadigas will support Rajinikanth".