2012 has been a landmark year for Tamil film industry. A new record of 168 films released (by December 28), and there have never been so many releases in the last three decades.

As per trade sources, nearly 17 films at the time of writing have recovered their cost of production, with most of them turning profitable or break even. The list has been compiled from trade sources in distribution and exhibition.

The chart has been put together estimated from Indian domestic theatrical collections, overseas, audio and television rights and other revenue sources. It need not be exactly correct and may vary.

We have categorised the films on the basis of Top grosser of the year, blockbuster meaning 100% on Return On Investment (ROI), Super Hit meaning 50% ROI, Hits 20 to 30% ROI, Above Average which means marginal profit of 5 to 10% and Average meaning will cover cost.

Number 1 @ the Box-Office - Top Grosser of the year

The Vijay film directed by AR Murgadoss is estimated to have taken a theatrical distributors share of approximately Rs 60 Crore from Tamil Nadu alone. It is the third highest theatrical collections for any film in Tamil after Enthiran and Sivaji.

Blockbusters - 100% on Return On Investment (ROI)

Oru Kal Oru Kannadi


Kumki (may go higher up by Jan as film released on Dec 14)

Super Hit 50% on Return On Investment (ROI)

Naan Ee



Hit 20 to 30 % ROI


Mannam Kothi Paravai

Kadhalil Sodhapuvadu Yeppadi

Above Average 5 to 10 % on ROI


Vazhakku Enn 18/9




Average Break Even



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