Vijay starrer 'Puli' received negative reviews from critics and even the word-of-mouth is poor for this high-budgeted flick. But, These factors didn't stop Superstar from showering praises on the film.Post watching the fantasy flick, Rajinikanth said he really liked 'Puli' very much and such films deserve encouragement. He particularly praised the graphics and lavish production values.Rajinikanth: "Vijay's performance impressed me and Sridevi's acting is brilliant. 'Puli' is thrilling from start to finish and on par with Hollywood standards. It has got elements loved by kids and which could be watched by entire family. Hats off to the Puli Team".
'Puli' grossed Rs 31.5 crore at Tamil Nadu Box Office in the first Weekend due to fantastic advance bookings all over the state. On Monday, The occupancy was just around 30% in the theaters and there is hardly any scope for improvement. In AP & Nizam, Puli collected a gross of around Rs 5.5 crore. The Hindi version managed just over Rs 3 crore. Overall, The Worldwide gross of 'Puli' during the first weekend could be close to Rs 50 crore and it has to collect two times more in the full run to become a hit.