Thursday, December 22, 2005

2005 Box Office

Sify has come out with the final box-office tally for 2005. No surprises on the first four entries in the list. We know that Chandramukhi has been breaking BO records and the fact it is the biggest hit in Tamil cinema history made sure there was no suspense about the top spot on the list of 2005's moneyspinners. The fact that Anniyan and Ghajini were superhits was no surprise either and with reports (and claims from both Vijay and Perarasu) that Tiruppaachi was an even bigger hit than Gilli, its place on the list was a given.

But the fifth entry came as a surprise to me. Was Arindhum Ariyaamalum really that big a hit? I knew the movie got good reviews and was a hit but its superhit tag comes as a surprise. So it was a bigger hit than movies like Raam, Kanaa Kanden and Ullam Ketkume?

When I saw AA, I liked it but didn't exactly see it as becoming a commercial hit. It had a regular start that laid the foundation for a common-man-against-dada story but followed it up with a nice twist that made the second half very unexpected in both plot and tone. I liked the surprise and the new direction the story took but I thought the change in tone(to comedy) after setting the viewers up for action would disappoint viewers. I guess it didn't! And Yuvan's chartbusting music couldn't have hurt.

The director, Vishnuvardhan, was the same guy behind the irritating Kurumbu and AA was a big step up for him. I read somewhere a little while back that he would be directing Vikram next. But he has recently started Pattiyal with Arya, Bharath, Pooja and Padmapriya. Not surprisingly, Yuvan will be scoring the music again. I said in my AA review, "if he follows this trajectory, his next film will be something to look forward to". So I guess I'll be looking forward to Pattiyal :-)

21 Comments:

At 11:23 PM, Blogger மு.கார்த்திகேயன் said...

You are right Balaji. I am also wondering on seeing AA on top 5..not even in top 10.

And Vijay's Sachein, which was there in theatre for 200 days was not there and also not sivakasi..

 
At 11:52 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

My Analysis:

CM- Was definitely a BLOCKBUSTER

Anniyan - Superhit (Could have been a blockbuster taking into revenues of both TN and AP, but cost of production was way to high for this flick)

Ghajni - Superhit (Again, cost of production was unreasonably high for a Surya flick, 8 crs. It wasn't justified on screen, where there was nothing amazing technically. The story is what made this film run, and by story, I mean the romance b/w Surya and Asin)

Thirupachi - Hit. But Vijay does a lot of publicity for even loss ventures. Once, he did a bash for 100 days of flop ventures like Youth, Bhagavathi, Badri etc. You can't believe much from him. But I think the film did run well in B and C centres. Even the storyline would predict that much.

Coming to AA, I think that with the shoe-string budget it was made on, returns may have made it a hit. But superhit, it probably wasn't. I assume this might be one of those fake records or publicity that we see mostly in Telugu films. I doubt AA ran better than films like Ullam Ketkume or even other hits.

Sivakasi - Definitely wasn't a hit as expected. But cost was recovered. We can't stop Vijay anna from doing fake publicity for his own films.

On the note to end 2005: I am severely disappointed to think that Maniratnam's next film is going to be a hindi one. (Source: lazygeek) I was eagerly waiting for another masterpiece (w/o guns) from him. How I would love another Mouna raagam.

-Kajan

 
At 12:31 AM, Anonymous Sandya said...

Balaji,

Actually, to tell you the truth, I am not surprised the Arindhum Ariyaamalum was termed a 'superhit.' I have read enough about the film (and heard enough people rant about it and Arya!) that I don't suspect that there could be anything particularly fake or surprising about the 5th spot going to AA. The other 3 films you have mentioned: Raam, Ullam Ketkume and Kanaa Kandaen.. all 3 have markings of box office revenues only in A centers. But AA might have very well become the only film that may very well have gone to cash in some money in B and C centers and more over as Kajan mentioned it was indeed made on a shoe-string budget..

How very very unfortunate for me that I have yet to see Arindhum Ariyaamalum considering that I'm sitting here raving and ranting about its spot in the top 5 films at the box office.. Coconut Hill is still working on getting a new copy into their DVD collection (don't know how many more months it will be before I get to see the film!). By that time, Vishnuvardan would have completed Pattiyal and released it!! :-)...

 
At 4:07 AM, Blogger Me said...

feel like putting a "GOD" to u in bitsian terms...

 
At 11:24 AM, Blogger Balaji said...

karthik, almost everybody agreed 'sachein' was just made to run. and 'sivakasi' had a good start but fizzled out later.

kajan, nice analysis. btw, there've been too many rumors about manirathnam's next. lets wait and see. considering the BO fate of his last 2 hindi ventures, it seems unlikely he'll venture into a pure hindi flick again. i think every tamil cinema viewer would luv another 'mouna raagam' :)

sandya, AA's defly worth a dekho. but i'm not sure itll make it to personal top 10 :) but i thot it had the feel of an A centre only pic too...

me, didn't get that. what is "GOD in bitsian terms"? btw, u need to expand on it only if it isnt something derogatory :)

 
At 8:13 PM, Anonymous ram said...

bb, forget about the Box office...i looked at your 2005 list...only 3 movies that are 3 stars or higher...what a pathetic year, ille! realized that one had to go back to 2001, to the wonderful movie KUTTY to see a 4-star "this is an amazing movie" kinda rating from u...not that u've become tougher (in my not-so-humble-opinion!) but in general, onnum apdiye 4-star rating deserve kooda pannale...except maybe Autograph for which I would've personally given 4 stars...ippo udaney neenge Kudaikkull Mazhai-ya pathi "comment" adikka venaam, seriya?!

 
At 8:23 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

this is the best case of SIFY contradicting itself .

in the half yearly box office report of sify the highest box-office grossers were in the order are

1)chandramukhi
2)anniyan
3)tirupachi
4)sachin
5)AA

but now durin the annual report this is the case

1)chandramukhi
2)anniyan
3)ghajini
4)tirupachi
5)AA

wat happened to sachin . maybe the editor forgot abt it.

 
At 11:04 PM, Blogger Balaji said...

ram, yep. and 1 of those 3 is technically a 2004 movie! so yes, 2005 sucked big time as far as quality goes :)
so KM wouldn't get 4 stars? surprised! but even for me, there were a few movies(autograph, hey ram to name a couple) that came close to 4 stars. they just lacked that li'l something that pushed them over the last 1/2 star :)

anon, i'm just hypothesizing here... 'ghajini' could've earned more than 'sachein'. And if AA, which was still running when the half-year BO report was compiled, eventually went on to overtake 'sachein', that would push 'sachein' out of the list :)

 
At 11:58 PM, Anonymous Sandya said...

Just read this at Rediff.com. Were these 5 films indeed the top Tamil films for 2005? I am definitely okay with TT, Raam, Kaadhal (despite its release in Dec 2004!) Kana Kandaen on the list.. but by god, Anniyan..

Why does the 5th film always have to be the controversial and/or unbelievable choice?

 
At 4:10 PM, Anonymous Krishna Sivarmapuram said...

Talking about "Kutty"... That kind of movie happens once in a lifetime for any established director. And that was Janaki Vishwanathan's first... I really thought I'll see that in the oscar list... Of course the Crap-centric Indian Film Board thought otherwise...

 
At 7:18 PM, Blogger Narayanan Venkitu said...

Sad not to see Kamal in this list.!!

 
At 7:07 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Naa.. Balajina...
Sivakasi 7.26 lakhs in one day sonnappa neenga kindal adicheenga...
Ana ippa top 5'la illanonne namburinga..
Sivakasi flop anathule ungalukku kushi tangaloiya..
Neenga ennathan Vijay pudikkumnu sonnalum, poi mathirithan irukuthu...

 
At 1:46 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

previous post has said sivakasi is a flop , who said its a flop??

if the film isnt in top 5 means its a flop thn all the other films released shud hv been flops .

but still sivakasi is a super hit according to THE HINDU

 
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