Chennai box office (Pongal special) - January 14 to 17

Wednesday, 19 January, 2011, 06:15

On January 14, Aadukalam and Siruthai released, with the former getting a better opening.On January 15 - Pongal day - Ilaignan and Kaavalan released. In the suburbs, Kaavalan opened with a matinee show, but loyal Vijay fans thronged the theatre to give it a good opening.The picture changed dramatically by January 17 (Kannum Pongal). As per early indication, Dhanush's Aadukalam was the clear number one at the CBO, thanks to its good word-of-mouth, strong multiplex preference and fantastic publicity on the Sun Network.At number two was Karthi's Siruthai, torn apart by critics but loved by the mass audiences. The film - after a very dull opening day - picked up considerably in multiplexes on Sunday and Monday.Karthi and his team promoted the film aggressively by appearing on all television channels.Vijay's Kaavalan, on the other hand, released without any fanfare. It is the first-ever 'big' film to release without any publicity!Added to that, Vijay's favourite screens like Albert, Thyagaraja, Bharath, Kasi and Kamala were screening other Pongal releases!In spite of the odds stacked against the film, it managed to open well in limited screens and is at number three.In fourth position is Ilaignan, which released in good theatres - including prime shows in multiplexes - and has taken an ok opening.In fifth position is Ravi Teja's Mirapakay, which is the best among Sankranthi Telugu releases.

Box-office top 5

1 Aadukalam

Cast : Dhanush, Jayabalan, Kishore, Taapsee
Director : Vetrimaran
Trade Facts : Super opening

Dhanush, songs, screenplay
A bit too long
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2 Siruthai

Cast : Karthi, Tamannaah, Avinash, Santhanam
Director : Siva
Trade Facts : Super opening

Mass film
Predictable, cliched
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3 Kaavalan

Cast : Vijay, Asin, Vadivelu, Mitra Kurein, Raj Kiran
Director : Siddique
Trade Facts : Good opening

Vijay, feel-good factor, comedy
Asin, songs
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4 Ilaignan

Cast : Pa Vijay, Kushboo, Meera Jasmine, Namitha, Remya
Director : Suresh Krishna
Trade Facts : OK opening

Some powerful dialogues & Vadivel
Has an ancient look
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5 Mirapakay

Cast : Ravi Teja, Richa, Deeksha Seth, Prakash Raj, Sunil, Brahmaji
Director : Harish Shankar S
Trade Facts : Good opening

Ravi Teja and his antics
Old wine in new bottle
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Courtesy : Moviebuzz