Top 10 Tamil grossers of 2011

Last Updated: Thu, Dec 29, 2011 09:41 hrs

Tracking box-office collections for Tamil films is almost impossible. 

Unlike Hollywood or even Bollywood, there are no authentic collection figures or agency tracking movie revenues.

Everything in Kollywood as far as b-o collections are concerned has to be taken with not a pinch, but a spoon of salt. It is an industry driven by star fans who claim that every film of the star is a super hit and collections are more than any Hollywood blockbuster!

Under these circumstances, has put together a top ten based on trade reports.  We will not be reporting the actual figures, as every star worth his salt will go out of their way to prove that their film is a hit. Please note in an industry where actual figures are difficult to obtain, a flop can be made into a hit with a bit of star power thrown in. 

Drawing up a list of commercially successful movies, Sify will only rate the film as a Blockbusters, Super Hits and Hits. These are the films selected after talking to trade analysts, theatre owners and distributors. You are welcome to disagree with the sify list. 

Why Factor- The film became a blockbuster due to the star power of Ajith and his fantastic opening. Added to that it was a solo release and got a five-day holiday weekend.

Why Factor- A complete mass masala entertainer which had comedy laced with horror, glamour and sentiments. Worked wonders with lady audiences and kids, though it carried an ‘A’ certificate!


Ko - Correct mix of peppy songs, action, lush locales and KV Anand’s content and packaging which was different.
Siruthai - The Karthi- Santhanam comedy combo clicked big time along with mass masala content. It proved that a remake of a proven hit with local nativity is always a safe bet.

Engeyum Eppothum- Debutant director Saravanan film on a bus accident with two parallel love stories with Jai- Anjali & Sarva- Ananya in the lead along with fresh music worked wonders.


Velayudham- Ilayathalapathy Vijay’s one-man show had the audiences lapping it up.

7aum Arivu- Aggressive promotions and Suriya’s charisma worked in favour of the film.

Deivathirumagal- Smart marketing, Vikram’s life-like performance with wonder kid Sara clicked.

Aadukalam- Dhanush’s award winning performance, Vetrimaran’s script & GV’s music helped.

Vaanam- STR's opening plus good content along with noted performances made the film a hit.

# Please note films like Kaavalan, Avan Ivan and Mayakkam Enna were moderate hits.