Ilayathalapathy Vijay's Pongal release Bairavaa (Bhairava) is off to a fantastic start at the Tamil Nadu box office. The movie, which was released on Thursday, January 12, has reportedly beaten several records by doing an earth-shattering collection on the first day.
Bairavaa (Bhairava) 1st day box office collection: As per the leading trade expert, Sreedhar Pillai, Bairavaa has got a good opening. But the movie has not set any fresh record. "#Bairavaa has taken a good opening, but no new records. Now 4 days Pongal weekend is sure to make it a safe bet 4 the distributors. [sic]" he tweeted.
It means the movie has not made over Vijay's previous best of Rs 13.5 crore, set by Theri. However, some reports claimed that the Tamil movie has minted Rs 16.5 crore, although it appears to be false.
Bairavaa was released in over 500 screens and had enjoyed stupendous response for the pre-release booking. Hence, the good start at the box office was expected by the trade experts. However, the final official number is awaited.
However, the trade experts are expecting Bairavaa to set the box office on fire, given the hype long weekend.
Below, find the top five openers in Kollywood:
|1||Kabali||Rs 21.5 crore||550+|
|2||Vedalam||Rs 15.5 crore||520+|
|3||Theri||Rs 13.5 crore||425|
|4||Lingaa||Rs 12.8 crore||550+|
|5||Kaththi||Rs 12.5 crore||400+|
The advance booking of Bairavaa had met with stupendous response. Notably in Chennai, the tickets in multiplexes and single screens sold like hotcakes. Bairavaa is reportedly register an above 90 percent occupancy on the first day in the capital city of Tamil Nadu and earned over Rs 90 lakh on the first day.
Sri Green Productions acquired the entire Tamil Nadu theatrical rights of the movie for an undisclosed price and sold the distribution rights to multiple parties. Bairavaa should gross over Rs 60 crore to be declared a profitable venture for them in the state.
Bairavaa has got a decent opening in Kerala and Karnataka. Among the overseas centres, the movie is releasing big in Malaysia. The film has seen the light of the day in over 50 countries.
[1 lakh = 100,000 | 1 crore = 10 million | 100 crore = 1 billion]