Ilayathalapathy Vijay starrer "Puli" has successfully completed its first week run in theatres in Tamil Nadu. The movie has done a notable business in its eight-day opening week in the state.
Released on Gandhi Jayanthi, "Puli" has made close to Rs 40 crore in eight days. In the first weekend, the Tamil movie had raked in Rs 31.50 crore and managed to add approximately Rs 9 crore in the next four days, say trade reports.
The occupancy on the weekdays is above 60% in the state. On an average, it has earned Rs 2 crore plus on working days. The Tamil movie is expected to perform well in this weekend as well. The turnout of the family audience is expected to be high on Saturday and Sunday in Tamil Nadu.
There is no major film releasing this week and this will help "Puli" do good business in the weekend, say traders. However, the movie should still perform well to recover the investment.
"Puli" has garnered mixed talks and this had some serious impact on its box office collections. The makers of the movie have shelled out over Rs 100 crore and they are likely to get some profits considering that the satellite rights of three versions have been sold for a good price.
However, the movie will need to run well for a few more weeks for the distributors to recover the amount. They are said to have paid fancy amounts for the theatrical rights of the film.
Meanwhile, the worldwide box office collection of "Puli" is estimated to have crossed Rs 75-crore mark. The movie has also done good business in Karnataka and Kerala.
"Puli" stars Vijay, Kannada superstar Sudeep, Shruti Haasan, Hansika Motwani and yesteryear sensational actress Sridevi Kapoor in pivotal roles.