Varisu and Thunivu Day 2 box office collections; Good hold for both, Vijay takes the lead in Tamil Nadu

To the uninitiated, the second-day drop of Varisu and Thunivu may look like a killer but given the ongoing pre-Pongal period and day two being a working day, this is a very good hold.

Updated on Jan 13, 2023   |  10:33 PM IST  |  237.2K
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Ajith in Thunivu and Vijay in Varisu (image courtesy of Bay View Projects and SVC)

After a big opening day on Wednesday, both Tamil Pongal releases had a big drop of nearly 60 per cent on Thursday in Tamil Nadu. The combined business of both films was Rs. 17.50 crores approx in Tamil Nadu yesterday, which would have been the biggest non-holiday second day if it was for a single film. There will be another drop in collections today before the weekend and holiday period begins and then there will be a big surge in collections tomorrow through weekdays. 

To the uninitiated, the second-day drop may look like a killer but given the ongoing pre-Pongal period and day two being a working day, this is a very good hold. The first-day numbers of the big star films are inflated by the early morning shows which have very high ticket prices and make up a huge share of first-day collections. Since there are no such shows on the second day, that anyways makes the second-day drops look huge for these films and here it was an added limitation of a dry pre-holiday period.

Vijay starrer Varisu took the lead on the second day in Tamil Nadu, ever so slightly, with Rs. 9 crores approx. It was already leading nationwide on the first day and cemented the lead there further yesterday with Rs. 12 crores. The two days total of the film is Rs. 42.50 crores approx in India, with Rs. 29.25 crores coming from Tamil Nadu. The film was held back by capacity constraints on the first day but that cleared up a bit better yesterday and it went ahead of Thunivu. 

Today it will be further extending its lead over Thunivu and tomorrow it is gaining some of the bigger capacity screens at many centres and is placed very well for utilising them during the holiday period. The Telugu version of the film releases tomorrow, which will be propelling the all-India numbers up significantly.

The territorial breakdown for the two days box office collections of Varisu in India is as follows:

Tamil Nadu - Rs. 29.25 crores
Karnataka - Rs. 6 crores
Kerala - Rs. 5.70 crores
Rest of India - Rs. 1.55 crores

Total - Rs. 42.50 crores

Ajith starrer Thunivu collected Rs. 8.50 crores in Tamil Nadu and Rs. 10.75 crores nationwide. The two days total of the film stands at Rs. 39.50 crores approx, with Rs. 29.50 crores of that coming from Tamil Nadu. The film also held well in Karnataka, crossing Rs. 5 crores in two days. Just like Varisu, the hold is pretty good given the holiday period ahead which should benefit the film. 

The territorial breakdown for the two days box office collections of Thunivu in India is as follows:

Tamil Nadu - Rs. 29.50 crores
Karnataka - Rs. 5 crores
AP/TS - Rs. 2.40 crores
Kerala - Rs. 1.90 crores
Rest of India - Rs. 0.70 crores

Total - Rs. 39.50 crores

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