|2013 has seen nearly 23 releases in Malayalam, up to February 28. There has been a steady flow of releases but most of them have been disasters.
But some of them have turned profitable thanks to the high cost of satellite rights. For example the Mammootty- Dileep multi-starrer Kamath & Kamath failed to collect in theaters (Rs 3 Cr from theatricals), but was able to sell its satellite rights for Rs 4.75 Cr! The film made at a cost of Rs 7.5 Cr may just break even, taking into consideration all rights.
From theatrical collections alone, only one film has been able to recover its cost and make a profit, the comedy entertainer Romans. The Chackochan- Biju Menon combination continues to rock, and is the first big hit of the year. It is reported to have collected an amazing share of Rs 5.25 Crore in 35 days from Kerala and is number one at the KBO. The film has collected a share of 37 lakhs from Ernakulam and is a super hit.
At number two is Kamal Haasan`s Vishwaroopam which is rumoured to have grossed nearly Rs 3.5 Cr. The film was shown in very few main centers in government theaters due to a dispute with Kerala Exhibitors Federation, which controls screens in A stations. Imagine what would have been its collection if it was screened in all main stations!
In the third place is Kamal`s Celluloid, which due to its sweeping Kerala state awards after release picked up. The film will ultimately do business worth Rs 2.5 Cr from theatricals and add satellite price it is profitable.
At number four is Vinayans Dracula 3D, which took an opening and did decently in B & C Centres. And in the fifth place another break even film is Annayum Rasoolum, which got a share of nearly Rs 15 lakhs from Ernakulam alone. But the bottom line is that only Romans is a super hit.