Tamil audience have been flooded with movies almost every weekend in the last couple of years. The year 2015 has not been an exception either as Kollywood produced over 200 films, and the count is still on with few more weeks to go in the year.
The industry witnessed some expected hits made by big banners, and some bombs at the box office. Below, we bring you the top ten highest grossing Tamil movie (worldwide) in 2015:
Movie Name: Baahubali
Lead Stars: Prabhas, Rana Daggubati, Anushka Shetty and Tamanna Bhatia.
Budget: Rs 120 Crore
Worldwide Collection: Rs 600+ crore from 4 versions
Domestic Collection: Rs 518+
Overseas Collection: Rs 82+
SS Rajamouli created history by making the biggest blockbuster of the Indian film industry of all time. It was made, simultaneously, in Tamil and Telugu, and was dubbed in Malayalam and Hindi versions. All the four versions were received well by the audience. The production and the high-end graphics remain the biggest highlights of the movie.
Movie Name: I
Lead Stars: Vikram, Amy Jackson and Suresh Gopi.
Budget: Rs 100+ crore
Worldwide Collection (Estimation): 240+ crore
Domestic Collection: Rs 188 Crore
Overseas Collection: Rs 52+ crore
Vikram and Shankar, who had collaborated for "Anniyan" before, joined hands again for "I". Upon release, the film met with mixed reviews. But Vikram's dedication towards the role was highly appreciated. People ignored the ordinary story but fell in love with Chiyaan's performance.
Movie Name: Vedalam
Lead Stars: Ajith, Shruthi Haasan and Lakshmi Menon.
Budget: Rs 61+ crore
Worldwide Collection: Rs 117 crore
Domestic Collection: Rs 87+
Overseas Collection: Rs 30+
Ajith returned to his peak form with "Vedalam". The movie, which was released for Diwali this year, kept the cash registers ringing at the collection centres. It has to be underlined here that the heavy rain in Chennai did not take much toll on the movie.
Movie Name: Kanchana 2
Lead Stars: Raghava Lawrence, Taapsee Pannu.
Budget: Rs 18 crore
Worldwide Collection: Rs 120 crore
Domestic Collection: Rs 102.5 crore
Overseas Collection: Rs 17.5 crore
Like its first instalment, "Kanchana 2" performed well at the box office. The best part of the success story is that the film made huge profits while it was made with a little budget. Producers, distributors and exhibitors all made money from the film.
Movie Name: Puli
Lead Stars: Vijay, Sudeep, Shruti Haasan, Hansika Motwani and Sridevi.
Budget: Rs 100+
Worldwide Collection: Rs 102 crore
Domestic Collection: Rs 77+
Overseas Collection: Rs 25+
"Puli" may have crossed Rs 100-crore mark but it is still considered as a flop, given the investment made by the producers. The film should have earned at least about Rs 200 crore considering the huge budget.
Movie Name: Yennai Arindhaal
Lead Stars: Ajith, Anushka Shetty and Trisha Krishnan.
Budget: Rs 60+
Worldwide Collection: Rs 96 crore
Domestic Collection: Rs 68+
Overseas Collection: Rs 28+
"Yennai Arindhaal" was not a regular action entertainer as it was made in Gautham Menon's style. The film managed to impress the urban audience. Even though it garnered mixed reviews and did not impress masses it turned out as an average hit in collection centres.
Movie Name: Massu
Lead Stars: Suriya and Nayantara.
Budget: Rs 55+
Worldwide Collection: Rs 79 crore
Domestic Collection: Rs 56+
Overseas Collection: Rs 22+
"Massu" was simultaneously released in Tamil and Telugu languages. The movie got good opening for both the versions but the film failed to perform well post first weekend as it got mixed reviews. In the end, it was decalred a decent hit.
Movie Name: Thani Oruvan
Lead Stars: Jayam Ravi, Arvind Swamy and Nayantara
Budget: Rs 25 crore
Worldwide Collection: Rs 78 crore
Domestic Collection: Rs 68.5+
Overseas Collection: Rs 9.5+
"Thani Oruvan" is the sleeperhit of 2015 in Kollywood. The movie gave a good break for both, Jayam Ravi and Arvind Swamy. Nobody expected the film to perform so well. The film earned profits for all distributors, exhibitors and the producer.
Movie Name: Anegan
Lead Stars: Dhanush, Amyra Dastur and Karthik
Budget: Rs 38 crore
Worldwide Collection: Rs 63 crore
Domestic Collection: Rs 52+
Overseas Collection: Rs 11+
Dhanush starrer "Anegan" performed well to some extent. It was loved by the urban audience.The brilliant narration backed by "Kolaveri Di" singer's acting won the audience's heart.
Movie Name: Kaaki Sattai
Lead Stars: Sivakarthikeyan and Sri Divya
Budget: Rs 23 crore
Worldwide Collection: Rs 62 crore
Domestic Collection: Rs 47+
Overseas Collection: Rs 15+
Sivakarthikeyan starrer "Kaaki Sattai" was a mass-masala entertainer and it was a profitable venture for the makers of the film.
Note: Compiled from various online resources and the actual number might vary from the figures given in the article.