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Chennai Box- Office- Pongal Special (January 11 to 16)

Thursday, 17 January , 2013, 12:13

Box office reports
Every year we come out with a special Chennai Pongal box- office report. Pongal is a long holiday weekend. This year Pongal holiday weekend stretched from January 11 to the `Kannum Pongal` day, Jan 16.

Kanna Laddu Thinna Asai is the big Pongal winner, though it was released on January 13. The word-of-mouth was so good that family audiences lapped it up during the holiday season and it emerged a winner and is in the number one slot.

At number two is Alex Pandian, which released on January 11 and took a decent day one opening, before negative talk hit the film. It got a free run of two days before there other films were released, and is at number two.

In the third place is Samar, which opened in limited screens in Chennai city, with multiplexes not giving as many shows as the other two films. But the film managed to take an average opening as it carries good reports. It will go higher in its second weekend when more screens and shows will be added.

In the fourth place is the Telugu film Seethaamma Vakitlo Sirimalle Chettu, which carries good reports. And at number five is the other Sankranthi release Nayak. Both these films suffered as Tamil films got priority and more screens during Pongal.

Kanna Laddu Thinna Aasiaya
Cast: Santhanam, Srinivasan, Sethu, Vishakha Singh, VTV Ganesh
Director: K S Manikandan
  Comedy, Power Star-Santhanam combo
Silly, low IQ comedy
Trade Facts : Super Hit
Alex Pandian
Cast:Karthi, Anushka, Milind Soman, Santhanam
Director: Suraaj
  Hype before release, comedy
Old Fashioned, nothing new
Trade Facts : Good opening
Cast:Vishal, Trisha, Sunaina
Director: Thiru
  Screenplay, twists, locations
Nativity, second half
Trade Facts : Average
Seethamma Vaakitlo Sirimalle Chettu
Cast:Venkatesh, Mahesh Babu, Samantha, Anjali, Prakash Raj
Director: Srikanth Addala
  Charm of the lead actors, climax, camera
Lack of story, artificial moments, characterization
Trade Facts : Good opening
Cast: Ram Charan, Kajal Agarwal, Amala Paul
Director: V V Vinayak
  Songs, Charan
Nothing new story-wise, predictable, climax
Trade Facts : Good opening
Courtesy : Movie Buzz

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