Mersal expected to cross 100-crore mark at box office; Secret Superstar earns Rs 4.8 cr

FP Staff

Oct,21 2017 13:44 47 IST

This week saw the release of two films with big stars in their cast. While Aamir Khan took the back seat in Secret Superstar, which threw the spotlight on his Dangal co-star Zaira Wasim, Tamil actor Vijay was at the center of Mersal directed by Atlee.

Vijay in Mersal (L); a still from Secret Superstar. Images from Twitter/@Atlee_dir and Youtube screengrab

Vijay in Mersal (L); a still from Secret Superstar. Images from Twitter/@Atlee_dir and Youtube screengrab

Secret Superstar minted Rs 4.80 crore on Diwali, the makers of the film have said. In a statement issued by them, they said that it is garnering strong word-of-mouth appreciation. According to trade analyst Taran Adarsh, Secret Superstar released in 1,750 screens across India and in 1,090 screens overseas.

The film to earn more on the second day. Directed by Advait Chandan, the film released on Thursday. It revolves around a teenager named Insiya played by Wasim, who dreams of becoming a famous singer and how she changes her life and the lives of everyone around her. Khan plays the quirky character of Shakti Kumaarr in the movie.

Critics have lauded the film for being one of the few mainstream Bollywood releases to deal with the subject of domestic abuse. The film has been backed by Khan and his wife Kiran Rao under their banner Aamir Khan Productions, along with Zee Studios.

21 October marks the third day at the box office for Vijay-starrer Mersal, which is currently mired in controversy for criticising the newly-implemented Goods and Services Tax (GST) and the Digital India initiative. However, this does not seem to have deterred its box-office collections.

It made Rs 43.3 crore on its opening day after being shown on 4500 screens. Theatres saw an occupancy of 95 percent on the second day, when it is said to have earned Rs 70 crores. Analysts are expecting the film to cross the Rs 100 crore-mark at the global box office shortly, and in Chennai, the film has already earned Rs 1.18 crore (gross). Mersal saw Vijay play a triple role, and critics appreciated him for holding the narrative together.

With inputs from IANS