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Box office: Ajith’s Viswasam, Rajinikanth’s Petta set cash registers on fire

According to reliable trade sources, both Petta and Viswasam managed to storm into the Rs. 100 crore club worldwide in the opening weekend

Karthik Kumar

Tamil filmdom witnessed one of the biggest box office clashes last week as superstar Rajinikanth’s Petta and Ajith Kumar’s Petta were released amid very high expectations and managed to surprise the trade with an impressive start the ticket window.

According to reliable trade sources, has learnt that both Petta and Viswasam managed to storm into the Rs100-crore club worldwide in the opening weekend and the trade couldn’t ask for a better start. Interestingly, both the films are going neck and neck at the box office as they look at a two-week uninterrupted run.

In an audio conversation that has surfaced online, well-known Tamil Nadu-based distributor Tirupur Subramaniam has called and congratulated Rajinikanth on the grand success for Petta. In his call, he is heard telling the 68-year-old star that Petta is doing extremely well all over TN and has emerged as a genuine hit this festive season.

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After struggling with his form with films such as Kabali (2016) and Kaala (2018), Rajinikanth bounced back strongly with Shankar’s 2.0 (2018). With Petta, which is being celebrated as his true comeback after a lull with lot of 1990s nostalgia, he has regained his position at the box office.

Meanwhile, Viswasam, directed by Sivakumar Jayakumar, has also been declared a hit. In his fourth collaboration with Ajith, director Sivakumar played safe by a churning out a tried-and-tested rural entertainer which has worked big time with the masses. In Tamil Nadu, Viswasam took a better first day opening with a gross of Rs17 crore approximately.

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Petta is doing exceptionally well in the US market as well with an estimated gross of $1.6 million. Viswasam, on the other hand, fell flat, but managed to impress outside Tamil Nadu in markets such as Karnataka where it is expected to enter the profit zone by Tuesday.