Box Office: Ajith Kumar starrer Valimai Final Worldwide Business
Valimai has exhausted its run at the box office with Rs. 118 crores in India and Rs. 153 crores globally. Ajith Kumar starrer action thriller had an excellent start in Tamil Nadu with the biggest non-holiday opening day in the state but the business slowed down fast after that. The movie performed well on the weekends, recording big growth every Saturday and Sunday, but the collections came at a very level on weekdays in the first week, from where it wasn’t just nearly enough to make up for those.
The film closed its Tamil Nadu business just shy of Rs. 100 crores, with Rs. 99 crores earning distributor share of Rs. 53 crores. It is the ninth highest grosser ever in the state and second-biggest for Ajith behind Viswasam. Now, Rs. 99 crores or for what it's worth Rs. 100 crores is a very good number in itself but the business structure in Kollywood or South India in general is very hostile to the distribution sector. The big-ticket movies are sold at SUPER HIT or BLOCKBUSTER prices and then even a HIT business comes out as a failure. In fact, when a film does BLOCKBUSTER business, there are barely any profits in distribution. This is something that happens often and was the case with this film as well. Valimai distribution rights in Tamil Nadu were valued at Rs. 64 crores approx, with final realisation ending up around Rs. 10 crores short.
Outside Tamil Nadu, AP/TS performance can be termed fair with a gross of Rs. 6 crores plus coming against competition from Pawan Kalyan’s Bheemla Nayak which sucked out showcasing from the movie, second day onwards. Karnataka had a good opening but dropped heavily after that while Kerala was a washout.
Overseas performance was quite average as well with usual Tamil business hubs like Malaysia giving underwhelming numbers. The Middle East had a very good start but (you guessed it...) dropped heavily after that. Ajith’s overseas market has been stagnant for some time now. Valimai looked like a film that could have changed it being a high production value actioner, but numbers remained ordinary.
The worldwide closing territorial breakdown for Valimai is as follows:
Tamil Nadu - Rs. 98.90 crores
AP/TS - Rs. 6.30 crores
Karnataka - Rs. 6.40 crores
Kerala - Rs. 2.90 crores
North India - Rs. 3.60 crores
India - Rs. 118.10 crores
Middle East - $1.40 million
Malaysia - $0.80 million
North America - $0.55 million
Singapore - $0.55 million
Sri Lanka - $0.35 million
UK and Europe - $0.75 million
Australia - $0.15 million
Rest of World - $0.10 million
Overseas - $4.65 million / Rs. 35 crores
Worldwide - Rs. 153.10 crores
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