R Madhavan-Kangana Ranaut starrer "Tanu Weds Manu Returns" has become one of the biggest hits in 2015. The Bollywood movie has raised hopes of becoming the first Hindi film of the year to reach the elite ₹100-crore mark.
However, Suriya's multilingual film, "Masss", is posing a threat to "Tanu Weds Manu Returns", which has the chance of becoming the first Bollywood film of the year to cross ₹100 crore in India, according to trade trackers.
"Masss" is set to be released in about 900+ screens across the country. It means the Madhavan starrer will now have to share big screens with the Tamil movie and at some parts the Suriya starrer is expected to replace the Bollywood film.
Especially down South, "Masss" is dominating the screens. In Tamil Nadu alone, the film will have 400 screens, followed by Andhra Pradesh (250+), Kerala (150+) and Karnataka (100+). The Telugu version, "Rakshasudu", is likely to get additional screens and it means Suriya's movie is having a grand release across South India.
On the other end, "Tanu Weds Manu Returns", which was released last week in 2,200 screens across India, has earned ₹55.25 crore in just five days. The film has a very good word-of-mouth from the audience. As a result, the business has remained stable.
When "Masss" hits the screens this weekend, the screen count of the Bollywood film is expected to come down. Traders are curiously looking forward to see whether Suriya's film will affect the Madhavan starrer at the collection centres.
Going by the current trend, the film could reach ₹65-70-crore mark by the end of its first week in India. If so, "Tanu Weds Manu Returns" will have a tough task of collecting ₹30 crore with fewer screens next week.