Chennai, January 13 - The two Pongal releases, Thalapathy Vijay's Varisu
and Ajith Kumar's Thunivu
are having neck-to-neck competition at the box office with the former having a little advantage at the domestic box office after two days.
Both films had a good hold on their second day despite dropping in the range of 50% each. The two days domestic gross collection for Thalapathy Vijay-starrer is approx. 45 crores while Ajith-fronted has grossed 42.50 crores.
"Varisu" witnessed another good hold on its 3rd day and scored an estimated 12 crores gross, dropping approx. 10%. The total domestic collection for the movie now stands at approx. 57 crores after 3 days with 2 big weekend days ahead of it. The movie is eyeing 85+ crores gross in the 5-day opening weekend.
"Thunivu", on the other hand, sees a bigger drop of around 23% than "Varisu" on its 3rd day/first Friday for an estimated 10 crores gross. The total domestic gross collection for the movie reaches approx. 52 crores in 3 days.
The direct clash between "Varisu" and "Thunivu" has clearly dented both's box office chances as none of them are able to utilize their full potential. It is also not yet clear which film will end with a higher lifetime collection, however, "Varisu" is having a good run overseas and might become the top grosser between the two.