The first quarter in 2015 has been completed and Kollywood has performed better than 2014 in the same period. The industry witnessed a record 58 releases and only countable films kept cash register ringing at the box office.
In the first three months, Kollywood produced some big-banner commercial movies as well as content-rich films. Apart from stars' films, some low-budget films also did some reasonable business in the first quarter.
The real fireworks at the box office kick-started with Pongal. The release of Vikram's "I", Vishal Krishna's "Aambala" and GV Prakash's "Darling" pulled the audience to theatres in huge numbers during the festive season. While all three movies got good openings, it was Shankar's film, despite getting mixed reviews, that did earth-shattering business in India and abroad.
The month of February was an exciting time for cine-goers with the release of Ajith's "Yennai Arindhaal". The movie was released to huge expectations and the Gautham Menon directorial emerged as the big winner of the month. Dhanush's "Anegan" and Sivakarthikeyan's "Kaaki Sattai" are the other big films, which created buzz at the collection centres.
In March, no A-list star's films were released and the theatres were dominated by small-budget films. Saravanan's "Valiyavan" starring Jai and Andrea got a decent start by the end of the month.
Apart from these commercial entertainers, some movies that really won the critics' hearts were SJ Suryah's "Isai" and Siddharth's "Enakkul Oruvan".
After analysing the performance of all the films, we can safely say that it is Ajith's "Yennai Arindhaal" and Vikram's "I", which ruled the box office in the first quarter. Below, we give bring you a few stats.
Biggest releases in terms of screen count:
'Yennai Arindhaal': 500
Biggest Commercial Hit