Has Vijay-starer Mersal trumped Rajinikanth's Kabali to become biggest opener in Tamil Nadu?

FP Staff

Oct,20 2017 18:27 30 IST

Tamil superstar Vijay's latest film Mersal was unarguably the most awaited release this year. And it quite stood to the entire buzz around the film. The film, as expected, has set the cash registers ringing after its release on Wednesday. Not just that, the cash has flown in such surplus amount that the Vijay-starrer has reportedly become Tamil Nadu's all-time biggest opener, even surpassing Rajinikanth's Kabali.

There were many factors behind the film's glorious feat at the box-office — A. The film was shouldered on none other than Vijay 'Ilayathalapathy' B. It was made at a whopping budget of Rs 130 crore C. It had the biggest release so far in 3292 screens worldwide, which is way more than that of major money-spinners like Baahubali 2: The Conclusion or SPYder.

Clockwise: Mersal, Golmaal Again, Secret Superstar and Judwaa 2. Images via Facebook

Clockwise: Mersal, Golmaal Again, Secret Superstar and Judwaa 2. Images via Facebook

The fruits of the makers' labour and the audience connect with Vijay have all come in unison to steer the film to a fabulous weekend collection. Ramesh Bala, noted film trade analyst, posted on Twitter:

He also posted the box-office collections of Day 1 of Mersal (18 October):

He even provided the breakup of the overseas collection:

He further provided the film's Day 2 collection (As on 19 October):


Directed by Atlee, Mersal stars Vijay in a triple role and he will be seen romantically paired with Kajal Aggarwal, Nithya Menen and Samantha Ruth Prabhu. SPYder villain SJ Suryah will be seen in an antagonistic role in this film as well.

Also read: Mersal: 10 thoughts we had while watching the first day, first show of Vijay's latest entertainer


The other films that released this festive season include the Rohit Shetty horror-comedy Golmaal Again starring Ajay Devgn, Tabu, Parineeti Chopra, Tusshar Kapoor, Kunal Kemmu, Arshad Warsi and Shreyas Talpade.

Film analyst Taran Adarsh tweeted saying this franchise of Golmaal has already set the box-office on fire. It has been released in more than 4232 screens worldwide.

The other film to release this Diwali is Aamir Khan-Zaira Wasim starrer Secret Superstar. Adarsh said, in spite of a mild box-office performance on Diwali, the film is expected to catch up because of the strong word-to-mouth publicity of the film, something similar to Khan's previous Taare Zameen Par.

While these films — Mersal, Golmaal Again and Secret Superstar — will make their fortunes as per the weekend's performance at the box-office, David Dhawan's three-week-old romcom Judwaa 2 has emerged as a superhit. The film continues to grow stronger even after three weeks of its release. Judwaa 2 stars Varun Dhawan (in a double role), Jacqueline Fernandez and Taapsee Pannu in lead roles. Adarsh tweeted: