Karthi and Mani Ratnam’s film Kaatru Veliyidai and its Telugu version Cheliyaa (Cheliya) have opened to average response in Thursday premiere shows and registered poor box office collection at the US Box office on Friday.
Cheliyaa, which has been distributed by JollyHits overseas, was released in 110 screens across North America. On other hand, ATMUS Entertainment, which acquired the rights of its Tamil version, released Kaatru Veliyidai in 112 screens in the country. Both the versions were premiered in a large number of screens on Thursday night.
The romance film set in Kashmir opened to mixed reviews on Friday (April 14) but all the shows including the special morning shows screened on the first three days houseful in 20 theaters across the city. The film has had a total of 368 shows in three days with a phenomenal 95% occupancy. With this the film has collected a whopping Rs.1,54,53,650 making in the Best ever opening for the hero Karthi as well as director Mani Ratnam in Chennai.
A film collecting above Rs.1.5 crore has been possible only for the film featuring A list heroes. No other film has raked in this much collections in its opening weekend. If Kaatru Veliyidai has made this big an achievement despite the mixed reviews it is only because of the power of Mani Ratnam-A.R.Rahman combo among all sections of audience.