Chennai box-office report (July 23 - 25, 2004)

Last Updated: Thu, Jul 29, 2004 05:42 hrs

Last week the Chennai box-office threw a surprise as Dhanush's Sullan which released on Saturday turned to be a damp squib. The web slinger, Spider-Man 2 is the clear number one as the film is drawing huge crowds in 17 screens in Chennai and suburbs.

Prashanth's Shock is able to draw full houses in cities especially to Satyam Cineplex which has a superb sound system.

New manages to hold on despite family and women audiences rejecting the film. The old favourite Ghillli is celebrating 100 days and is still going steady.

Click on the images to read movie reviews.

Film Cast Plusses Minusses Trade fact

Spider-Man 2
Toby Maquire, Kirsten Dunst Great family entertainer with astounding computer generated action scenes. Super hero is human as he tries to win over his girl’s heart but the call for duty is bigger. At times too sentimental. Had the biggest ever release for a dubbed film in recent times as it opened in 72 screens all over Tamil Nadu (17 screens in Chennai and its suburbs). This strategy of the distributor Celebrate screens backfired as there was not enough pressure for tickets.

Shock
Prashanth, Meena An urban thriller that is slickly shot and faithful to the original, Bhoot. The highlight of the film is its sound system, which scares the audience! There is nothing for the B and C audience. It has opened to 100 percent collections in Chennai, Combatore, Madurai and other key centres. Weak in rural areas as theatres there do not have DTS sound system.

New
S.J.Suryah, Simran Simran's glamour, Rahman's peppy music Lewd and double meaning dialogues that is keeping away the family audience Super hit. Grossed an amazing, Rs 1.12 Crore on the opening day itself from 120 theatres in Tamilnadu.

Sullan
Dhanush, Sindhu Tolani Dhanush’s eagerly awaited action movie. Hyped for good action scenes and Vidyasagar’s music. The wonder boy just could not be convincing as an action hero, which is the biggest drawback of the film. The opening day was good but by Sunday the feedback was not so encouraging. Theatres in Chennai city did not report houseful shows. At the box-office the distributors and theatres which had paid huge MG’s, will lose heavily.

Ghillli
Vijay, Trisha, Prakash Raj Fast pace, peppy songs, good action Superstar driven, predictable tale Blockbuster. Celebrating 100 days all over and still doing well. Made on a budget of Rs 8 Crore the film is likely to collect Rs 21 Crore!


(Ratings are based on the box office collections and the cost of the film)



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