While there is a big furore on social media on the collection details of the recent big Tamil Pongal releases Viswasam and Petta (due to back and forth provocative tweets from Sun Pictures and KJR Studios) there is no denying the fact that both the films have done extremely well for themselves. The two films released on January 10th and mostly ran to jam-packed shows throughout, till the end of the Pongal holidays on January 17th. It was the best ever week in Tamil Nadu in terms of total gross collections - Kollywood will never forget this Pongal. Both the films deserve their share of credit for this historical box office opening gross in the state, with Viswasam on the higher side.
Viswasam has emerged as Thala Ajith’s career-best grosser in the state crossing the TN numbers of his blockbuster Vedalam in just 8 days. His top 5 grossers in TN are Viswasam, Vedalam, Vivegam, Arrambam and Veeram. All his 4 films with director Siva find a place in the Top 5; it just goes to show the importance that the director has in the star’s career.
Superstar Rajinikanth’s Petta is chasing the lifetime TN gross numbers of his recent successes like Kabali (sure to be crossed soon), Enthiran and 2.0. Both Viswasam and Petta are expected to have a strong run till at least February 1st when the next set of big films like Vandha Rajavadan Varuven, Peranbu and Sarvam Thaala Mayam arrive.