'Viswasam' screened in 73 theatres while 'Petta' was accommodated in 67

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Directed by Karthik Subbaraj, Petta features Rajinikanth as a hostel warden with an intriguing past. "I don't want anybody else to dub Rajinikanth's voice as his voice is unique and matches his signature mannerisms", he explained. Going by the reports that have been doing the rounds, the Rajinikanth starrer has fetched above 1 Crore on day 1 whereas Viswasam has managed to fetch close to 90 Lakhs.

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However, the movie could not match up to the opening day collections of 2.0 and Kaala. Petta has also performed better than Viswasam at the Chennai market, which was expected as maximum screens were alloted to the Rajinikanth starrer.

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As Rajinikanth's movie release is a kind of festival for his fans, a young couple - Anbarasu and Kamatchi, both ardent fans of the actor - solemnised their marriage at the Woodlands theatre premise in Chennai to coincide with the release of the film. On the other hand, Ajith, who was last seen in the 2017 blockbuster Vivegam, is all set to entertain the audience with an out-and-out commercial potboiler Viswasam. Petta made $133k in the United States from 194 locations, while Viswasam made $18k from 71 locations. Petta marks the Tamil debut of Bollywood actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui. The Tamil film Producer Council head and Nadigar Sangam Secretary, Vishal taking various precaution measures before every movie release, yet it continue to release illegally.

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While the film had only released a day ago, piracy site TamilRockers has leaked the entire film online.