Pongal advance booking status – the race begins!
The Pongal race at the box office is already underway. The releases are yet to hit theatres but the competition has already begun and going by the look of things it is going to be really interesting. All three movies are in the action genre and this puts everyone on an even keel. It is going to be a test of star power at the box office.
In the race this time are Vijay’s Pokkiri, Ajith’s Aalwar and Vishaal’s Thaamirabarani. The films have received very good reports from advance booking counters throughout Chennai city. It looks as if at least one of the three films can be declared a hit even before it opens on screens for Pongal.
Pokkiri and Aalwar are releasing on the 14th and Thaamirabarani is releasing on the 15th and all three have already cashed in on the lengthy Pongal weekend if reports are to be believed. According to trade sources, all tickets for Pokkiri in Chennai city have been sold out till the 21st of the month. That is one week of shows booked in advance. Out of this the first two days have been taken up by Vijay fans exclusively.
As for Aalwar, it too has received a very good response with tickets being sold out till the 18th. A shade behind Pokkiri, but with one more day to go before release, things are expected to improve.
Tickets for Thaamirabarani will not be available until after the 17th of the month. However, noon show slots remain open. But, even this response (three days of shows booked) is very good for an actor who is doing only his fifth film.
One can’t help wonder whether the ticket price revision by the government has a major role to play in the whopping bookings received. As for Pokkiri, the euphoria is only understandable as a
Vijay film is releasing after one year. The last was Aadhi for Pongal 2006. The real picture of hit, average and flop will emerge only after the first week. Till then, the Pongal releases will bask
in the glory of advance bookings.
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