Tamil action-drama Vella Illa Pattathari (VIP), which is Dhanush's 25th film, has raked in a whopping Rs 19.08 crore in its opening week in Tamil Nadu, becoming the year's first blockbuster in the language.
The film, directed by debutant R Velraj, was made on a budget of approximately Rs 5 crore.
"VIP has collected a staggering Rs 19.08 crore in its first week at the ticket window. Since the film had received a clean U certificate, it got tax exemption as well. This is turning out to be the biggest blockbuster in Dhanush's career," said trade analyst Trinath.
Trinath believes the Ramzan holiday will come in very handy for the film.
"Tuesday is a state government holiday for Ramzan in Tamil Nadu. VIP continues to do good business and it is expected to pick up in the next four days on the occasion of holidays. Since no other big Tamil film has released, it will continue to rule the box office," he added.
Dhanush, who had also produced the film, had sold it to Madan of Escape Artists before its theatrical release.
The film also features Amala Paul, Samuthirakani, Saranya Ponvannan, Vivekh and Amitesh in important roles.