Will Jailer of Rajinikanth beat Vikram of Kamal Haasan?
Kamal Haasan’s Vikram, directed by Lokesh Kanagaraj, set the box office on fire in its third week. The film surpassed the record of Baahubali: The Conclusion in Tamil Nadu and is now the highest grossing film in the state. This is an incredible feat, especially since Baahubali 2 has held this record for five years now. Will Rajinikanth’s next film, Jailer, directed by Nelson Dilipkumar, be able to beat Vikram?
VIKRAM SURPASSES BAAHUBALI 2 IN TAMIL NADU
Director Lokesh Kanagaraj’s Vikram stars Kamal Haasan, Vijay Sethupathi and Fahadh Faasil in the lead roles. The film was released in theaters on June 3 in several languages and is a fantastic success at the box office. Recently, Vikram broke the five-year record of Baahubali 2 in Tamil Nadu. It took five years for a Tamil film to reach this milestone in the homeland.
Business analyst Sreedhar Pillai pointed out that Baahubali 2 made a whopping Rs 152 crore. Now, Vikram has grossed Rs 155 crore (with a share of Rs 80 crore) in 17 days to dethrone Baahubali 2.
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In 1989, Kamal Haasan’s Apoorva Sagodharargal held the record for the highest-grossing film in Tamil Nadu. Six years later, Baasha of Rajinikanth came to claim the place. 33 years later, Kamal Haasan has once again claimed the top spot. Over the years, films by Rajinikanth, Thalapathy Vijay and Ajith have achieved this record.
WILL THE JAILER OF RAJINIKANTH SURPASS VIKRAM?
After Kamal Haasan’s Vikram, superstar Rajinikanth is preparing his next release, Jailer, with Nelson Dilipkumar. All eyes are on Jailer as Rajinikanth and Nelson desperately need a blockbuster fling to redeem themselves. Will Jailer dethrone Vikram in Tamil Nadu?
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A theater owner, speaking on condition of anonymity, said: “It’s too early to tell. We haven’t seen any Jailer-related material yet. That said, Rajinikanth has huge box office pull and even today he can draw hundreds of thousands to theaters without major promotions Jailer could break box office records, but it remains to be seen if he’ll live up to Vikram, who has stormed the box office.
VIKRAM’S THEATER RUN IS NOT OVER YET
When IndiaToday.in contacted trade analyst Ramesh Bala to ask if Rajinikanth, Thalapathy Vijay or Ajith would dethrone Vikram, he said we “have to wait and see”.
“Vikram’s theatrical run is not over yet. According to my sources, the film has grossed nearly Rs 160 crore and the trend is expected to continue for the next couple of weeks. If this continues, Vikram could end up with Rs 175 crore , which sets the bar very high. Then it will be difficult to break the bar. We will have to wait and see how Vikram finishes its theatrical run”, explained Ramesh Bala.
ARE THE MULTI-STARRERS THE TRICK?
Vikram was a multi-star film with Kamal Haasan, Vijay Sethupathi and Fahadh Faasil in the lead roles. Another A-lister, Suriya, played an explosive five-minute cameo as Rolex. Additionally, the film had an in-form director like Lokesh Kanagaraj at the helm.
Ramesh Bala said, “After Baahubali 2, many films of Rajinikanth, Ajith and Vijay performed well at the Tamil Nadu box office. crore established by Baahubali.. In retrospect, these are single hero films. So in my opinion, a multi-star film could do well at the box office. For example, if Rajinikanth, Kamal Haasan, Ajith and Vijay team up for a movie then all their fans would celebrate the movie otherwise the heroes would have to team up with legendary or in-form directors like Shankar, SS Rajamouli, Lokesh Kanagaraj and Atlee to dethrone Vikram A movie like Indian 2 starring Shankar and Kamal Haasan has the potential to beat Vikram.”
RAJINIKANTH AND NELSON DILIPKUMAR ARE ABOUT TO BOUND BACK
Rajinikanth’s last two films, including Annaatthe and Darbar, did not perform exceptionally well at the box office. Although they were money-distributors, they were unable to break box office records. Likewise, Nelson Dilipkumar’s latest film, Beast, starring Thalapathy Vijay, did not receive favorable reviews. Thus, Rajinikanth and Nelson Dilipkumar badly need a hit at this stage of their careers.
Only time will tell if Jailer can provide much needed respite from Rajinikanth and Nelson. Regarding Vikram’s record, as Ramesh Bala said, “it will be difficult to break the mark”.