Kollywood produced over 200 movies in 2016. The first half of the year was dull, but the second half witnessed a couple of hits at the box office. The demonetisation move had a huge impact on the business of films in the last couple of months.
Chennai is one of the biggest markets for Tamil movies. A successful film generates over 15-20 percent of its revenue from this region. Hence, the city plays an important role in Kollywood.
Here are the top 10 highest grossers of the year at the Chennai box office in 2016:
The movie was released on July 22 and got an earth-shattering opening. The Rajinikanth-starrer tops the list by having made over Rs 12 crore at the Chennai box office. The movie had over 4,000 shows in its life time in the capital city of Tamil Nadu.
Vijay's Theri is the second highest grossing Tamil movies in Chennai in 2016. The movie was released on April 14 to mixed reviews. But the movie was liked by the family audience, eventually helping it to become a hit at the Chennai box office. It had over 3,100 shows, from which it earned over Rs 11 crore.
Sivakarthikeyan's career took a big boost in 2016. The actor moved from nowhere to the league of A-list actors. The consistent performance of his films helped him gain more popularity. As a result, his Remo figures in the top three. The movie, which was released on October 7, had over 1,800 shows in the city in its life time.
Iru Mugan performed well despite getting mixed reviews. The movie, which was released on September 7, had over 1,800 shows in its life time and earned close to Rs 6 crore at the Chennai box office.
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The Gautham Menon-directorial venture gave the much-needed break to Simbu. The movie, which was released on November 10, earned over Rs 5.55 crore from over 1,900 shows in Chennai.
Suriya, Samantha and Nithya Menen-starrer 24 was a moderate hit at the box office. The movie, which was released on May 6, earned around Rs 5.5 crore. It had about 1,500 shows in its life time in Chennai.
Thozha starred Karthi and Nagarjuna in the lead roles. The movie was released on March 24. It had over 1,300 shows in Chennai, from which it made over Rs 3.75 crore.
It is Sivakarthikeyan's second movie in the list after Remo. The movie collected close to Rs. 3.60 crore from about 1,300 shows.
Vijay Sethupathi's Dharma Durai earned over Rs 3.5 crore from over 1,200 shows in Chennai. It turned out to be a profitable venture for the distributors as well as the producer.
Madhavan's Irudhi Suttru turned out to be a hit at the box office. The Tamil film earned more than Rs 3.35 crore from over 1,200 shows.
[1 lakh = 100,000 | 1 crore = 10 million | 100 crore = 1 billion]