7aam Arivu earned about Rs 37 crore, while Velayudham managed to collect Rs 31 crore in the first week
Tamil cinemas were on a roll this Diwali with tough competition between Suriya and Vijay’s films 7aam Arivu and Velayudham respectively. But the box office report easily points out to which film made it and which tanked. Suriya’s 7aam Arivu stood out as the clear winner according to the opening week sales. The directorial by AR Murugadoss, in spite of getting mixed reviews, managed to rock the BO. According to trade pundits, 7aam Arivu earned about Rs 37 crore, whereas Velayudham managed to collect Rs 31 crore in the first week. 7aam Arivu had the advantage of 1,000 prints worldwide while Velayudham was released in about 650 theatres only. But Velayudham began to garner attention after critics gave thumbs up and the word-of-mouth spread. In addition to all this, Shahrukh Khan’s RA.One dubbed in Tamil has also been rated at No 3 at the Tamil box office. In about three days, RA.One managed to collect about Rs 6 crore. Coming back to the south films, apparently, the collections of 7aam Arivu are expected to go slow as theatre owners plan to increase the screenings of Velayudhum by reducing Suriya’s film screenings. The entire dynamics will change after that. Let’s wait and watch what the collections for the second week would turn out to be!