USA is gripped with the thrilling magic of our Ilayathalapathy Vijay of late!
The superstar's latest entertainer 'Thuppakki' opened big with premieres in 40 locations across USA. Incidentally this AR Murugadoss's first outing with Vijay had garnered huge expectations among fans.
Generally it's uncommon for people in USA to go for movies during week days. In spite of a Monday premiere and with last minute show time updates by theatres due to print arrival and keys for digital prints, lots of fans were seen patiently waiting to watch Vijay on premiere. Our sources shared that people even waited for more than an hour for shows to start in places like Austin and Minneapolis.
The word of mouth is great for the movie and ATMUS Entertainment, the distributor believes this will turn out to be the first big movie to be a blockbuster in 2012. In spite of date getting pushed from 9th (a weekend) to 13th, ATMUS still managed to release it in 52 screens with 40 premieres.
In Bentonville, Arkansas a second premiere show was added due to people turning up from neighbouring locations. For the records, this is a very small town where they screen only one show normally and the only other movie that required a second show was 'Billa-2' premiere. Here you can catch few glimpses of the excitement that happened during the Bentonville premiere - where Vijay fans carried on the typical tradition of garlanding and Milk Abhishekam to Ilayathalapathy's banner!