The Eid 2016 weekend saw the release of five films at the Kerala Box Office - the Mammooty-starrer Kasaba, The Kunchacko Boban-Jayasurya-starrer Shajahanum Pareekuttiyum, Manju Warrier's Karinkunnam Sixes, Biju Menon and Asif Ali's Anuraga Karikkin Vellam and Bollywood film Sultan starring Salman Khan and Anushka Sharma.
Here is the Catch round-up of the Eid releases at the Kerala Box Office:
As expected, Kasaba set the Kerala Box Office on fire with a record breaking opening. The Mammootty-starrer collected a record-breaking Rs 2.45 crore on its opening day.
The film, which saw Mammootty reprise his best-loved avatar of a cop, reaped the benefits of the four-day Eid weekend.
The film has been praised for the entertaining first-half and the performance of Kannada actress Neha Saxena, who made her debut Malayalam outing with the Mammookka film.
By the end of week 1, Kasaba grossed around Rs 9.50 crore to become the all-time second highest Malayalam film after Premam. The film is all set to dominate the second week as well, thanks to a lack of new releases this week.
The Kunchacko Boban-Jayasurya-starrer Shajahanum Pareekuttiyum opened to mixed reports at the Kerala Box Office.
The film was expected to do excellent business in Kerala, but the average reviews have worked against the film - more so at the multiplexes.
At Cochin multiplexes, the Salman Khan-starrer Sultan performed better than the Boban-Samuel directorial. At the end of its nine-day run, Shajahanum Pareekuttiyum minted Rs 4.25 crore at the Box Office.
Anuraga Karikkin Vellam
After an average opening, Anuraga Karikkin Vellam made a strong comeback at the Box Office. The Khalid Rahman-directorial faced strong competition from all Eid releases but managed to put up good numbers on its opening day at the Box Office.
The family entertainer has been praised for its storyline as well as the performances of all lead actors, Biju Menon, Asha Sarath, Asif Ali and the newcomer Rajisha Vijayan.
At the end of its eight day run, the film has grossed Rs 4 crore at the Box Office - delivering a much-needed hit for actor Asif Ali.
Like Shajahanum Pareekuttiyum, Deepu Karunakaran's Karinkunnam Sixes also struggled to perform well at the Box Office. The Manju Warrier-starrer was released on fewer screens than the other Eid releases - a factor that worked against it. While the film has garnered good reviews, it failed to hold its own against the Kasaba wave at the Box Office.
The makers' decision to release the film on Eid - where it clashed with four major releases - has proved costly for Karinkunnam Sixes. The film has minted an average Rs 3.60 crore from the 9-day weekend.
The Bollywood sports drama completed Week 1 on a terrific note. The collections of the film at multiplexes were almost at par with the Mammootty-starrer Kasaba, which is surprising considering that the Hindi film had to face four Malayalam films.
The film has set new records at the Kerala Box Office by beating the lifetime collections ofBaaghi within nine days of its theatrical release. Sultan has minted nearly Rs 1.80 crore at the Kerala Box Office.