Pongal Releases: ‘Thunivu’ vs ‘Varisu’
The highly anticipated Pongal releases of ‘Thunivu’ and ‘Varisu‘ have finally hit the theaters, and fans have been eagerly waiting to see which film will come out on top at the box office. Both films received a packed opening on January 11th, with ‘Thunivu’ occupying slightly more screens in Tamil Nadu.
Early Box Office Numbers
The early numbers are in, and it appears that ‘Thunivu’ has taken the lead in Tamil Nadu, earning over Rs 17.5 crores in the state. However, ‘Varisu’ has taken the lead at the worldwide box office, with a reported Rs 24 crores in the Indian market and around Rs 30 crores worldwide on day 1.
‘Thunivu’ Overview and Reception
‘Thunivu’ is written and directed by H Vinoth, and features Ajith as a baddie. The film sends a strong message to fans and has been praised for Ajith’s style, swag, and action sequences. Manju Warrier, Samuthirakani, John Kokken, Veera, Darshan, and Cibi Chandran among others play important roles, while the music is scored by Ghibran.
Despite ‘Thunivu’ leading in Tamil Nadu, ‘Varisu’ has a bigger all-India number, and the film has received positive reviews on day 1. The initial numbers for the Pongal releases are impressive, with the combined box office take of ‘Thunivu’ and ‘Varisu’ estimated at Rs 41 crores approx. The number could have been higher, but there were some early morning show cancellations in some centers.
‘Varisu’ Overview and Reception
Vijay starrer ‘Varisu’ collected Rs 30 crores approx in India on its first day, with Rs 20 crores approx coming from Tamil Nadu. The first day collections in Tamil Nadu are the sixth highest for the megastar, and have now crossed the Rs 20 crores figure for the first day with every release since ‘Mersal’ in 2017.
The film had better occupancies than ‘Thunivu’ on its opening day, but it fell short of capacity to go any higher at most prime centers. The excess demand from the first day is spilled over to the upcoming days, with the film having excellent advance throughout the holiday weekend.
The important thing is that the audience reception is on the positive side, and the film can easily make up for the lost revenue on the first day over the holiday period and beyond. The film also opened well outside Tamil Nadu, crossing Rs 4 crores in Kerala and Karnataka. The Telugu version of the film will release on January 14th, and now with the buzz from the good reception is expected to open to huge numbers.
‘Varisu’ Territorial Breakdown
The territorial breakdown for ‘Varisu’ first day in India is as follows: Tamil Nadu – Rs 20 crores approx, Karnataka – Rs 4.50 crores, Kerala – Rs 4.50 crores, AP/TS – Rs 25 lakhs (Tamil only), Rest of India – Rs 75 lakhs.
‘Thunivu’ Box Office Performance
On the other hand, ‘Thunivu’ starring Ajith Kumar collected Rs 29 crores approx in India on its first day with an excellent start in Tamil Nadu and Karnataka. The opening in Kerala and AP/TS was low, especially in the latter where it had a huge release but failed to take advantage of that.
The first day collections in Tamil Nadu are second highest for Ajith, behind his previous release ‘Valimai’, which collected Rs 28 crores on its first day. A solo release could have probably seen a new record for Ajith but once again the important thing is that the initial reception for the film looks better than Valimai and with added holiday benefit, it has the potential to emerge as a successful venture as the coming days.
The Box Office Battle Unfolds
As the weekend progresses, it will be interesting to see how the box office battle between ‘Thunivu’ and ‘Varisu’ unfolds. Both films have their own strengths and appeal to different audiences, and it will be a close race to see which film comes out on top.
Record-Breaking Tamil Nadu Box Office
One thing is for sure, the Pongal releases have set a new record for the Tamil Nadu box office, crossing the Rs 40 crores mark for the first time. This is a testament to the growing popularity of Tamil cinema, and the strong following that actors like Ajith and Vijay have in the industry.
In the end, both films have received positive reviews and have the potential to do well at the box office. It will be a wait and watch game to see which film emerges as the ultimate winner. But one thing is for sure, the Pongal releases have set a new benchmark for the Tamil cinema industry, and it will be exciting to see how the box office numbers evolve in the coming days.
Final thoughts and Conclusion.
In conclusion, the battle of box office between Thunivu and Varisu has been a close one, with both films having their own strengths and appeal to different audiences. While Thunivu has taken the lead in Tamil Nadu, Varisu has taken the lead at the worldwide box office. Both films have received positive reviews and have the potential to do well at the box office in the coming days. Pongal releases have set a new record for the Tamil Nadu box office, crossing the Rs 40 crores mark for the first time, which is a testament to the growing popularity of Tamil cinema and the strong following that actors like Ajith and Vijay have in the industry.
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