Kamal Haasan after Vishwaroopam did not have any hits at the box office. He has been hounded with various problems for his films. If he was injured on sets during Sabaash Naidu shoot, he couldn’t release Vishwaroopam 2 on schedule as producer had financial issues.
His Manmadhan Ambu and Uttama Villain couldn’t get smooth release as distributors tried to halt release for reimbursement of previous failures from production companies involved and political pressures. Even his low budget Thoongaavanam/ Cheekati Rajyam, Papanasam (Drishyam remake) went through troubles prior to release. Indian 2 had to be halted due to an accident and troubles between producers, director, actor.
As Udayanidhi Stalin owned Red Giant Movies involved with Vikram, the movie had a smooth release. At Vikram success meet, Kamal Haasan told the same and commented that Vikram is the only film in ten years that he could release without any problems. During Vishwaroopam release he even made a statement that he would leave to US due to the political pressures.
Well, Vikram has become the new Industry Hit for Tamil films in Tamil Nadu region. Even for major Overseas markets, Vikram has emerged as All Time Highest Grosser. Movie is the ATHG for any Tamil movie in Kerala, as it collected Rs. 35 crores gross. Movie has breached Baahubali 2 collections and 150 crores mark in its third weekend.
Some Industry trackers predict it to collect above 175 crores in Tamil Nadu only and Overseas gross of the film is also above 100 crores say distributors. Movie will touch 400 crores Gross Box Office in lifetime collections and may end up close to Rs. 425-430 crores. It won’t touch 2.0 collections and the movie collected 700 crores Gross. It will remain Highest Grosser as Telugu states, Karnataka, Hindi markets, Overseas performed well for the film, in first two weeks and helping it to cross 500 crores.
Vikram on the other hand created a strong IP and Lokesh Cinematic Universe giving way to new movies based on the characters from Vikram, Kaithi world. At Vikram success meet, Kamal Haasan and team Vikram – Vijay Sethupathi, Anirudh Ravichander, Lokesh Kanagaraj ate dinner with all the distributors, exhibitors. Kamal kissed Anirudh, Lokesh, VJS, Udayanidhi.