Unlocking the Enigma: Vijay’s ‘Leo’ Soaring in South but Faltering in North India – A Deep Dive

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In a surprising turn of events, Thalapathy Vijay’s latest blockbuster, "Leo – Bloody Sweet," has enjoyed remarkable success in South India while facing a lukewarm response in North India. This article delves into the factors that have contributed to this intriguing contrast in box office numbers.

Opening Triumph


On Day 1 of its release, "Leo – Bloody Sweet" commanded an exceptional opening in South India, with the film crossing the impressive Rs 100 crore mark. This success came despite mixed reviews from both critics and audiences, which make it all the more intriguing.

Lack of Promotions and Hype

ETimes spoke with senior Trade Analyst Ramesh Bala, who shed light on the film’s unique release strategy, characterized by minimal promotions and pre-release buzz. Bala emphasized that Tamil movies typically don’t adopt an aggressive approach to pre-release promotions, unlike their Telugu or Kannada counterparts.

"Some of the Tamil movies are not good at promotions. Historically, they don’t promote movies like Telugu or Kannada movies are promoted. The producer of ‘Leo’ got busy with other work and didn’t do any promotion. Right now, whatever number of screens it has in North India is sufficient. In Hindi, the opening was expected to be soft, and we will have to see how it goes with word of mouth over the weekend. Tamil and Telugu versions have had a good opening."

Day 1 Show Timing Confusion

Another challenge faced in the South markets, the film’s primary target, was the confusion surrounding Day 1 show timings. This confusion resulted in fewer early morning shows than initially anticipated.

"At what time the shows will start and how many shows can run in a day was an issue. The state government controls it in Tamil Nadu. So, the state government had said that the exhibitors can start ‘Leo’ screenings at 9 am in the morning with a maximum of five shows. But the producers went to the court asking for a start time of 4 am with seven shows. But the courts told them to go back to the state government. ‘Leo’ had to settle for the 9 am start with five shows. So, basically, that was the issue and it was solved. In Kerala and Karnataka, it released with 4 am shows."

Global Success

Despite these challenges, Ramesh Bala had predicted that "Leo" would collect an impressive Rs 100 crore on Day 1 from worldwide collections. Astonishingly, the film exceeded expectations by amassing a whopping 148 crores from around the world.

Multiplex Chains Constraint

One significant obstacle for the film’s box office prospects was the presence of a four-week holdback clause. This clause prohibits National multiplex chains from screening the film in North markets, significantly impacting the film’s domestic numbers.

"It will affect the business going ahead, too. But now I am checking the non-multiplex theatres in Mumbai, it’s not like the film is sold out or anything because there’s not much promotion there."


In conclusion, "Leo – Bloody Sweet" has demonstrated a unique pattern of success in the Indian film industry, with a stunning performance in the South and relatively modest numbers in the North. Factors such as the lack of promotions, Day 1 show timing confusion, and the multiplex chains constraint have all played their part in this distinctive box office journey.

It will be fascinating to observe how "Leo" fares in the coming weeks and whether word-of-mouth and regional preferences continue to influence its performance.

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[Source: ETimes]

South vs. North: Analyzing Vijay’s ‘Leo’ Box Office Success Divide

Will Vijay’s Leo break box office records?

Film trade analysts are confidently predicting that Vijay’s Leo is poised to shatter multiple box office records when bookings officially commence. The anticipation is already building, with pre-booking for Leo having initiated in the UK. What’s more, the film’s distributor proudly asserts that it has already set a remarkable precedent by breaking records for an Indian film. It’s safe to say that Vijay’s Leo is on the path to rewriting history in the world of Indian cinema.

How much money did Vijay & Lokesh Kanagaraj make before Leo?

In an astounding feat, Vijay and Lokesh Kanagaraj’s Leo stands as the first Tamil film to amass a staggering 400 crores in revenue even before its official release. This remarkable achievement has not only set a record within the Tamil film industry but has left an indelible mark across all platforms. The renowned filmmaker, Lokesh Kanagaraj, with his stellar track record, has unveiled his next ambitious project, building on the extraordinary success of Leo.

Did ‘Leo – Bloody Sweet’ reach Rs 100 crore?

Thalapathy Vijay and director Lokesh Kanagaraj’s ‘Leo – Bloody Sweet’ made a grand entrance on its opening day, and while Day 2 saw a slight dip, the film easily crossed the coveted milestone of Rs 100 crore in domestic earnings. Despite a mixed reception, the film’s ability to achieve this impressive feat reflects its undeniable box office success.

Did Leo break the box office records of Rajinikanth’s ‘Jailer’?

For the devoted fans eagerly awaiting whether Leo could surpass the box office feats of Rajinikanth’s recent hit ‘Jailer,’ there’s good news. Ahimsa Entertainment, the UK distributor of Vijay’s starrer, reports a record-breaking number of tickets sold for the first day of screenings in the UK. The battle for box office supremacy is on, and Leo seems to be off to a promising start.

What is the box office collection of Leo?

The official worldwide box office figures for ‘Leo’ have been declared, amounting to an impressive Rs 148.5 crore. In comparison, SRK’s ‘Jawan’ managed a global haul of Rs 129 crore on Day 1, showcasing the remarkable performance of ‘Leo.’ It’s worth noting that Rajinikanth’s ‘2.0’ was previously celebrated as the most successful Tamil film on the worldwide stage, having achieved Rs 100 crore on its release day.

Is ‘Leo’ movie a blockbuster?

The creators of the film have officially dubbed ‘Leo’ as a blockbuster, and their satisfaction with the audience’s response is evident. Released on October 19, Vijay’s ‘Leo’ has garnered a positive reception from fans worldwide. The declaration of "blockbuster" reinforces its success in the eyes of both the makers and the audience.

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