Superstar Rajinikanth's Petta and Ajith's Viswasam, which hit the screens last week, are ruling the box office as expected. The films are doing well both in domestic as well as the overseas market.
While the clear numbers have not been given by trade sources, there is huge speculation that Viswasam leads in Tamil Nadu in the collections, but Petta is way ahead in the rest of India and overseas. There were collection numbers going around on social media which seemed to indicate that Viswasam is taking a lead in Tamil Nadu.
Meanwhile, Sun Pictures, the makers of Petta, asking people to refrain from making such unofficial collection statements, tweeted, "So called trackers, we fail to understand how you are so confidently tweeting #Pettaâ€™s BO numbers as we ourselves are yet to receive the official numbers from 600+ theatres in TN. Fans, enjoy Pongal with both your favourite heroesâ€™ movies & donâ€™t fall prey to fake propaganda."
So called trackers, we fail to understand how you are so confidently tweeting #Pettaâ€™s BO numbers as we ourselves are yet to receive the official numbers from 600+ theatres in TN.
Fans, enjoy Pongal with both your favourite heroesâ€™ movies & donâ€™t fall prey to fake propaganda.â€” Sun Pictures (@sunpictures) January 14, 2019
Producer Dhananjayan too posted his thoughts on Twitter.
I don't see anything wrong in Trade Analysts/Box Office trackers posting their estimated collection figures @claythoughts for new films...they are sharing the information they obtained. Producers can either accept or reject by sharing actual numbers.They have a job to do right?https://t.co/us2dmlBG8Nâ€” Dhananjayan BOFTA (@Dhananjayang) January 14, 2019
Whatever information trade is sharing with me & what I know, both #Petta & #Viswasam are big hits & going to make huge money for exhibitors, distributors & their Producers. My estimate is TN Box Office will earn Rs.200 crore in January itself due to these two films. Great showâ€” Dhananjayan BOFTA (@Dhananjayang) January 14, 2019
Request to the 'Hyper Active' social media fans - pl. forget about which film collected more to say who is a bigger star etc. Both #Petta & #Viswasam are loved by audience (including me & shared on 10th) & box office is roaring for both. Everyone is happy. That's enough. Relaxâ€” Dhananjayan BOFTA (@Dhananjayang) January 14, 2019
While Petta had a simultaneous Tamil and Telugu release, Viswasam was released only in Tamil and the Telugu version is expected to hit the screens in the coming week.
Petta, which marks Subbarajâ€™s first-time collaboration with Rajinikanth, also stars Trisha, Simran, Sasikumar, veteran filmmaker Mahendran, Megha and Bobby Simhaa in key roles. Trisha is sharing screen space with Rajinikanth for the first time. The film, which has been shot predominantly in north India, has music by Anirudh Ravichander.
Viswasam, on the other hand, marks the fourth consecutive collaboration of Siva and Ajith and features the actor in dual avatars - in salt-and-pepper and fully dyed black look. D Imman is the music composer of Viswasam and the core technical crew includes Vetri for camera and editing by Ruben. The film was bankrolled by Arjun Thyagarajan and Sendhil Thyagarajan under the banner Sathya Jyothi Films.
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