Low budget films, which were high on creative content, emerged as the real winners in 2014. Offerings like "Yaamirukka Bayamey" and "Karthikeya" not only set the cash registers ringing but also spelt profit for the investors in the southern filmdom, which otherwise registered a mere five percent hits out of about 500 releases.
In a nutshell, while small made it big, it was a disappointing year for southern biggies.
- Mere five percent hits of about 500 releases.
- Biggies like "Lingaa", "Kaththi", "Veeram" and "Aagadu" struck gold at the box-office, but couldn't qualify as successful ventures.
- The most profitable Tamil films of the year were "Vella Illa Pattathari", "Aranmanai", "Yaamirukka Bayamey", "Thegidi", "Goli Soda", and "Maan Karate".
- Except for 'Aranmanai', all other films were made for under Rs.10 crore, but managed to collect nearly double the amount invested in them.
- Biggest Tamil hit in terms of return on investment was Dhanush's "Vella Illa Pattathari". Made for Rs.8 crore it collected a whopping Rs.53 crore.
- Akkineni family's Telugu family drama "Manam" was a successful because of the low cost involved