Valimai vs. Bheemla Nayak: On the first weekend, Pawan Kalyan outperforms Ajith Kumar
Despite mixed reviews, Ajith Kumar’s Valimai, Pawan Kaylan’s Bheemla Nayak, and Alia Bhatt’s Gangubai Kathiawadi have kept audiences coming back to the theatres.
Because of Ajith Kumar’s Valimai, Pawan Kaylan’s Bheemla Nayak, and Alia Bhatt’s Gangubai Kathiawadi, theatres across the country have reopened in full force in the last week. Despite mixed reviews, these films have kept audiences coming back to the theatres. It also marks the start of what could be described as a high-voltage film season, with a slew of big-budget films set to hit theatres in the coming weeks.
These films have done an admirable job of rekindling the public’s interest in returning to the cinema and overcoming the Covid-induced apprehension. During the pandemic, southern moviegoers were more eager to return to the theatres than their northern counterparts.
Valimai debuted at the box office on Thursday, grossing approximately Rs 35 crore domestically, a first in Ajith’s career. The early morning and late-night shows were critical in extending the company’s earnings during the opening weekend.
The Ajith-starrer grossed Rs 28 crore on its first day alone in Tamil Nadu. On its first day, the film earned over Rs 3 crore in Karnataka, over Rs 1 crore in Kerala, over Rs 2 crore in Telugu states, and less than Rs 1 crore in the rest of the country. In Tamil Nadu, the film held strong throughout the weekend.
Meanwhile, Pawan Kalyan’s Bheemla Nayak did exceptionally well in the overseas market during its first weekend. According to Taran Adarsh, a film trade analyst, the film’s overseas earnings totaled more than Rs 42 crore.
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