Chennai Box Office Collections: Weekend- Nadunisi Naaygal, Payanam on Top | Feb 18th - 20th

Ranking based on Chennai Box Office Collections from Feb 18th 2011 to Feb 20th 2011
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8. Aadukalam

Aadukalam is the result of Vettrimaran’s painstaking research about the rooster fighters and their lives. Dhanush in his career best and Tapsee in her opening best with other awe-inspiring performances by Jayabalan, Kishore et al.

Trade Talk:
The movie has been successful in the release centers, proving to be profitable for the producers and distributors.

Public Talk:
Vetrimaran opened account with his promising Aadukalam this year, as if to welcome the diversity Tamil cinema is going to witness this year.

No. Weeks Completed: 5
No. Shows in Chennai over this weekend: 42
Average Theatre Occupancy over this weekend: 50%
Collection over this weekend in Chennai: Rs. 3,38,343
Total collections in Chennai: Rs. 3.32 Crore

Verdict: Average


7. Kaavalan

Kavalan is Siddique’s Malaylam Bodyguard remade into Tamil to suit Vijay fans. Vijay carefully stays away from his image building exercise, ensuring that his acting is brought to the fore. Asin, is fresh as ever.

Trade Talk:
Vijay loyalists are ensuring that the movie keeps its head above water despite all odds.

Public Talk:
Asin’s comeback of sorts hasn’t done any significant changes to her career in Tamil, we think.

No. Weeks Completed: 5
No. Shows in Chennai over this weekend: 48
Average Theatre Occupancy over this weekend: 45%
Collection over this weekend in Chennai:Rs.3,72,640
Total collections in Chennai: Rs. 3.30 Crore

Verdict: Hit


6. Siruthai

Karthi’s Siruthai showcases him in a dual role as a career-first but the roles are largely aimed at mass masala lovers. It’s hard not to feel the Telugu-remake feeling throughout the movie.

Trade Talk:
Despite the negative reviews, this Pongal release has had good collections across its release centers.

Public Talk:
We are sure Karthi will have better movies up his sleeves this year.

No. Weeks Completed: 5
No. Shows in Chennai over this weekend: 63
Average Theatre Occupancy over this weekend: 56%
Collection over this weekend in Chennai: Rs. 7,48,089
Total collections in Chennai: Rs. 4.50 Crore

Verdict: Hit

5. Aadu Puli
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Aadu Puli is built around a clich├ęd and done-to-death story. The talented Aadhi seems to be getting into the image building business. Poorna plays his female lead in the movie that also features Prabhu, Meena and Sangeetha.

Trade Talk:
The weekend has seen average returns but with negative reviews, the movie has little scope to proceed further in the same fashion.

Public Talk:
Whatever makes directors direct such movies even in these modern times.

No. Days Completed: 3
No. Shows in Chennai over this weekend: 93
Average Theatre Occupancy over this weekend: 60%
Collection over this weekend in Chennai: Rs. 10,07,133

Verdict: Below Average Opening

4. Thoonga Nagaram

Madurai forms backdrop of Thoonga Nagaram that is about a bunch of friends and their lives in general. They get into trouble, they fall in love, they fight with each other and they get double crossed.

Trade Talk:
Trade is not gung-ho about the movie’s prospects at the box office. It has shown a negative trend in collections since its release.

Public Talk:
Kalavani Vimal can select better!

No. Weeks Completed: 2
No. Shows in Chennai over this weekend: 111
Average Theatre Occupancy over this weekend: 55%
Collection over this weekend in Chennai: Rs. 10,17,974
Total collections in Chennai: Rs. 1.04 Crore

Verdict: Average

3. Yudham Sei

This month has seen a tirade of crime thriller movies in Tami and Mysskin’s Yudham Sei seeks to reiterate the trend. With relatively unknown actors (excluding the veteran YGM), the movie is Mysskin’s bold attempt and has his quintessential lady in yellow sari number.

Trade Talk:
Multiplex audiences have given the movie required attention although rural centers have registered poor attendance.

Public Talk:
Mysskin, the mystery, proves his mettle with yet another dark subject.

No. Weeks Completed: 2
No. Shows in Chennai over this weekend: 124
Average Theatre Occupancy over this weekend: 70%
Collection over this weekend in Chennai: Rs. 17,40,046
Total collections in Chennai: Rs. 1.51 Crore

Verdict: Hit

2. Payanam

Radhamohan’s first thriller deals with a plane hijack, bringing the director’s writing skills to the fore. Peppered with brilliant performances by innately talented actors namely Prakashraj and Nagarjuna, the movie is also sprinkled with practical humor throughout.

Trade Talk:
Glowing reviews and good word of mouth marked the opening weekend. The movie’s collections seem to be going good for now at the box office.

Public Talk:
Yet another path breaker in terms of doing away with songs!

No. Weeks Completed: 1
No. Shows in Chennai over this weekend: 156
Average Theatre Occupancy over this weekend: 75%
Collection over this weekend in Chennai: Rs. 21,87,360
Total collections in Chennai: Rs. 97 Lakhs

Verdict: Average Opening

1. Nadunisi Naaygal

Gautham’s Nadunisi Naaygal is a novel attempt at a thriller in Tamil cinema with no songs and background music. Gautham’s source of inspiration is varied. The movie has traces of many famous psycho thrillers in Tamil and elsewhere. Gautham’s neat execution of the plot also deserves to be mentioned.

Trade Talk:
The movie has done good business over the weekend, thanks to Gautham’s loyal fans.

Public Talk:
Despite scope for blood, gore and other repulsive scenes, Gautham has done away with many of those necessities making his movie a slickly directed thriller.

No. Days Completed: 3
No. Shows in Chennai over this weekend: 212
Average Theatre Occupancy over this weekend: 86%
Collection over this weekend in Chennai: Rs. 46,93,514

Verdict: Average Opening

Because of the grand opening and more expectation Nadunisi Naaygal got #1 collections in chennai, since the movie had some bad reviews, not as expected, there may be more changes in the coming week. Due to Cricket world cup some big expected movies postponed their release dates.

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