Chennai: The grand opening of actor Ajith's film Vedalam is being seen as a new high at the Tamil box office. Industry sources reveal Ajith's Diwali release has collected close to a whopping Rs 15.5 crores on day one and around Rs 12 crores on the second day.
Experts say it's the biggest ever opening, beating even superstar Rajinikanth's Lingaa that clocked Rs 13 crores last year. Many now look at Thala, as he's fondly called, as the next superstar in the making. (Also Read: Vedalam Breaks Records to Become Tamil Cinema's Biggest Opener)
Sreedhar Pillai, journalist and entertainment industry tracker, says "It has broken all records. He has a huge fan base and he could well be the superstar in the making although there are few others in the race."
Ajith, who has made over 60 movies and is known for his grand openings, commands a huge fan base. However, he has now restricted himself to only one movie a year.
Fans are excited. Sadhana Kannan, a college student from Chennai, says "This Diwali became special for us because of Ajith's movie."
Her brother Sanjay, a hardcore Ajith fan, woke up at 2 am on Diwali day to watch the first day first show and says, "Ajith could well be the next Rajinikanth."
While many see Ajith's box office record as the beginning of a new era in Tamil cinema, all eyes will now be on Rajinikanth's next film Kabali which may or may not prove he's still the boss of the box office.