According to trade pundit’s statistics, Ajith’s ‘Viswasam’ is little better in collection in Tamil Nadu box office than that of Thalaivar Rajinikanth’s ‘Petta’. But in the world box office, Rajini’s Petta has got big advantage than ‘Viswasam’.
This judgement is based on the releasing day’s(January 10) collection statistics of theatres across Tamil Nadu.
Trade analyst Ramesh Bala tweeted about this unique feat achieved by Ajith. He wrote, "The last time a #SuperstarRajinikanth movie opened at No.2 on Day 1 at the TN Box Office was Oct 25th, 1992 when #ThevarMagan opened better than #Pandian It took nearly 27 years and #Thala #Ajith's #Viswasam opened better than #Petta at the TN Box office on Day 1(Jan 10th, 2019)"
Normally, other stars would not dare to release their movie along with that of Rajanikanth’s movie. Most of the stars would postpone their release to avoid the clash on box office with that of Rajinikanth’s blockbuster movie. This is after long years, Ajith’s, another super star, Viswasam was locked horn with that of Rajini’s ‘Petta’ at box office.
27 years ago, a similar scenario happened in Tamil box office. Then, in 1992, Kamal Hassan’s movie fought with that of Rajinikanth’s movie. That time, Kamal Hassan’s cult classic, Thevar Magan overtook Rajinikanth’s Pandian and fared well in collection. Some critics say with Viswasam beating Petta at Tamil Nadu box office, Ajith has repeated history of 1992. But still, Rajinikanth’s Petta is topper in world box office.