Chennai Box-Office: Pongal weekend – January 14 to 18

Wednesday, 21 January, 2015, 02:36

The Chennai Pongal weekend box-office is booming. Shankar's big budget Vikram-Amy Jackson fantasy romantic revenge story I took a gargantuan opening. Footfalls across mall multiplexes and single screens were very high during Pongal holidays.Riding on I, Sundar C's Vishal starrer Aambala and GV Prakash's Darling which got the spill-over audiences too rocked. Al the three films are winners in their own way, and are profitable for their producers.The clear winner by miles and miles is I, the undisputed number one at CBO. The film had a occupancy of 95% across the screens and has grossed a mind blowing Rs 4.07 Cr during the five-day weekend. Even though the film was torn apart by the critics, the audiences thronged the screens.At number two is Vishal's Aambala, which was not liked by critics and majority of the audiences. But thanks to Vishal's strategy of releasing it for the festival season and pitting it against I, paid off. The spill-over audiences and tax free status helped it to generate decent numbers in Chennai city, around 70 lakhs.In the third place is GV Prakash's Darling, a horror comedy, which was surprisingly liked by audiences and critics. The film generated Rs 20 lakhs in Chennai city with from limited screens and shows. And thanks to its shoe-string budget will make money for all concerned.Aamir Khan's PK in the fourth place continues to attract audiences in multiplexes, though the number of shows and screens has been cut down due to Pongal releases. In the fifth position is Kappal.

Box-office top 5

1 I

Cast : Vikram, Amy Jackson, Santhanam, Suresh Gopi, Upen Patel, Ramkumar, Ojas Rajani
Director : Shankar
Trade Facts : Super Hit

Vikram, Vikram, Vikram, Granduer
Nothing new storywise, Climax, Weak villains
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2 Aambala

Cast : Vishal, Hansika, Santhanam, Prabhu, Ramya
Director : Sundar C
Trade Facts : Hit

Comedy, Packaging, songs
Crass, predictable, Loud
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3 Darling

Cast : GV Prakash Kumar, Naan Kadavul Rajendran, Nikki Galrani
Director : Sam Anton
Trade Facts : Hit

Comedy, packaging
Predictable climax, Long drawn out flashback
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4 PK

Cast : Aamir Khan, Sanjay Dutt, Anushka Sharma
Director : Rajkumar Hirani
Trade Facts : Mega Blockbuster

Aamir Khan & Raju Hirani's packaging
Long winded
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5 Kappal

Cast : Vaibhav, Sonam Bajwa
Director : Karthik G. Krish
Trade Facts : Average

Comedy elements in first half
Length of the film and sagging climax
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Courtesy : Moviebuzz