We had earlier predicted that Vishal's recently released Marudhu will go on to collect close to 5.5 Crores and 65 Lakh rupees at the Tamil Nadu and Chennai box office respectively, over its opening weekend (first three days).
But the action entertainer has taken many by surprise with its impressive collections. Marudhu has exceeded all expectations to collect a massive 8.5 Crore rupees at the Tamil Nadu box office alone.
Despite heavy rains that lashed many parts of the state last week, the Muthiah-directed movie has managed to draw movie goers into cinema halls. As expected, the film is getting massive responses from B & C centres.
In Chennai alone, the film, which is set against the backdrop of Rajapalayam, has grossed a whopping 83.48 Lakh rupees from its first three days, according to a report.
In the capital city, the movie has fared way better than its contemporaries like X-Men: Apocalypse and Mahesh Babu's Telugu flick Brahmotsavam.
While Hollywood biggie X-Men: Apocalypse has managed to gross 48 Lakh rupees, Brahmotsavam has, so far, gathered 45.79 Lakhs.
Marudhu, which is bankrolled by GN Anbu Chezhiyan, also stars Sri Divya, Radha Ravi, RK Suresh and Soori in important roles.
Meanwhile, officials responsible for tracking down the piracy business in Tamil Nadu, have seized one Lakh illegal CDs and computers worth more than 20 Lakh rupees in Madurai. The action was taken based on a complaint from Vishal.
In Salem too, similar crackdown on people involved in the illegal business instilled fear among their contemporaries all over the state.
Members of Nadigar Sangam, Ramana and Nandha accompanied police officials in Salem, where they seized many pirated DVDs.
Vishal, the General Secretary of the South Indian Artistes' Association (SIAA), has been directly involved in the crackdown on piracy from a long time now. Can he, along with the newly formed Nadigar Sangam, put an end to piracy in Tamil Nadu? Let's wait and watch.