Kaavalan faced many troubles during the making of the film and while releasing the film. Theatre owners, who were demanding Vijay to to pay 35 % of Sura's loss, threatened him during release that they would not screen the film if he failed to reimburse. They also underestimated the movie stating Vijay's series of flops.
Finally, after Vijay's interference the movie got 350 screens for the release, which is said to be very less considering the actor's earlier releases. Meanwhile, its first week collection was not up to the mark and it received mixed response from the critics. But the movie has done well in the second week, says report.