Tamil superstar Vikram’s much-anticipated film, “Cobra” has finally been released in cinemas and the early reports suggest that it has opened on a good note in the southern states yesterday.
Directed by R. Ajay Gnanamuthu, it is his third film which is backed by S.S. Lalit Kumar under the banner Seven Screen Studio. Along with Vikram, it stars Srinidhi Shetty (KGF film series), Irfan Pathan (Aslan Yilmaz), Mirnalini Ravi, Roshan Mathew, and Miya George in the key roles.
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The movie received mostly negative reviews from the critics, BO tracker and movie critic Manobala Vijayan rated the film 2 3/4 stars and called the film “Venom-Less” in his one-word review. Critics from India Today, The Indian Express, and The News Minute gave the movie 2 out of 5 stars while TOI, Pinkvilla, Cinema Express rated the film 2.5 out of 5 stars. It is being panned for its long duration and shabby screenplay.
Box Office Collection Day 1
Industry tracker Ramesh Bala informed that Chiyaan’s film opened well in the southern states on Wednesday.
#Cobra has opened well in all Southern states yesterday.. 🔥 @chiyaan
— Ramesh Bala (@rameshlaus) September 1, 2022
As per the reports, Cobra had an excellent morning occupancy but seems like negative reviews played spoilsport for the movie as the trend was flat during noon, evening, and night shows in TN. Cobra had an overall 44.39% Tamil occupancy and 35.63% Telugu occupancy on Day 1.
As per the trade estimates, Cobra accumulated 20-22 cr gross range on Day 1. It is a mid-week release film, so, it needs a good word of mouth to gain momentum over the weekend.
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Screen Counts & Budget
As per the reports, Vikram has occupied around 800 theatres in TN, 265 screens in Kerala and around 450 theatres in Telugu states, for a worldwide total of 3500-4000 screens. Cobra is said to be made on a budget of 90 crores and Vikram reportedly has charged 25 crores as remunerations.
Vikram starrer had amazing advance bookings, it had sold tickets worth 6.19 crores for Day 1, the advances were minimal from the Telugu while in the home state it had a blockbuster response. As per the trade reports, over 90% of advance earnings came from the Tamil version (Rs 5.53 crores).