Kamal Haasan's much-awaited movie "Uttama Villain" is all set for a global release on 1 May. Latest reports suggest the movie is ensuring maximum number of screens, even as the prediction over the movie's box office collection gains momentum.
Industry analyst are waiting to see if the movie can break the recent box office records of movies such as "Lingaa", "Kaththi", "I", "Anegan", "Yennai Arindhaal" and "Kakki Sattai".
Though exact figures of Rajinikanth starrer "Lingaa's" first day collections are not out, the movie reportedly made a record collection of ₹16.75 crore on its opening day in Tamil Nadu. Vijay's "Kaththi" collected about ₹12.5 crore on day one, whereas Vikram's "I" minted ₹7.4 crore nett in Tamil Nadu alone.
Dhanush's latest flick "Anegan" also had a dream run at theatres and reportedly collected ₹6.55 crore on its first day in India. Ajith's "Yennai Aindhaal" too received an overwhelming response, grossing ₹14.05 crore on the first day in India alone.
When it comes to "Kakki Sattai", Sivakarthikeyan had the biggest opening of his career with the movie grossing ₹ 4.62 crore in Tamil Nadu alone on its first day.
Considering the popularity of Kamal Haasan across the world, the makers of the movie and industry experts expect it to have record-breaking opening. Moreover, "Uttama Villain" is Kamal Haasan's movie after two years; his last release was "Vishwaroopam" in 2013.
Meanwhile, a section of trade analysts feel "Uttama Villain" won't have a easy ride at the box office. First, the Kamal Haasan flick is going to clash with Aishwarya R Dhanush's much-awaited movie "Vai Raja Vai", which has already managed to create a huge buzz among film lovers with its trailers.
Secondly, the Tamil box office is already having a good run with recent releases like "Kanchana 2" and "OK Kanmani", making it difficult for the latest releases to get ample screen count. This has in fact resulted in a big dilemma for distributors and theatre owners, as they have to allot decent number of screens for "Vai Raja Vai" and "Uttama Villain" without affecting the success runs of Raghava Lawrence – Mani Ratnam movies.
Those who managed to watch the first screening of "Uttama Villain" have claimed that the movie has all the elements expected from a Kamal Haasan starrer. This, in a way, has raised expectations far too high.