Mersal box office: Vijay film beats Secret Superstar, Golmaal Again in key foreign markets
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Mersal box office: Vijay film beats Secret Superstar, Golmaal Again in key foreign markets

After five days of its release, the Diwali release had made over Rs 16.49 crore across international markets -- North America, Malaysia, New Zealand, UK and Australia.

regional movies Updated: Oct 23, 2017 15:54 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
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Vijay in a still from Mersal.

Vijay’s latest film Mersal has already earned over Rs 100 crore worldwide at the box office and is sprinting towards a mammoth total, with international markets also fuelling its upward graph. The film, which released on October 18 worldwide, has managed to do better than the two Hindi releases -- Ajay Devgn’s Golmaal Again and Aamir Khan’s Secret Superstar -- in certain international markets.

After five days of its release, the Diwali release had made over Rs 16.49 crore across international markets such as North America (Rs 7.61 crore), Malaysia (Rs 3.57 crore), New Zealand (Rs 13.62 lakh), UK (Rs 3.11 crore) and Australia (Rs 2.07 crore). The film’s UAE collections are yet to come in.

Trade analyst Taran Adarsh, quoting Rentrak, tweeted the figures on Monday. He also wrote, “Tamil film #Mersal is chasing a MASSIVE TOTAL in international markets, despite stiff opposition posed by the two Hindi releases... It won’t be erroneous to state that Tamil film #Mersal is collecting more than the two Hindi releases in some key international markets.”

He wrote:

Tamil film #Mersal - NORTH AMERICA - Total till Sat, 21 Oct 2017… USA: $ 967,487 CANADA: $ 203,081 Total: $ 1,170,568 [Rs 7.61 cr]

Tamil film #Mersal - MALAYSIA... Sat MYR 394,942 Sun MYR 268,021 Wed to Sun total: MYR 2,325,004 [Rs 3.57 cr] Reported screens only. @Rentrak

Tamil film #Mersal - NEW ZEALAND... Thu NZ$ 6,535 Fri NZ$ 5,038 Sat NZ$ 9,000 Sun NZ$ 9,431 Total: NZ$ 30,004 [Rs 13.62 lakhs] @Rentrak

Tamil film #Mersal - UK... Wed + Thu £ 146,179 Fri £ 51,297 Sat £ 87,026 Sun £ 76,899 Total: £ 361,401 [Rs 3.11 cr] @Rentrak

Tamil film #Mersal - AUSTRALIA... Wed + Thu A$ 170,202 Fri A$ 73,693 Sat A$ 101,662 Sun A$ 61,065 Total: A$ 406,622 [Rs 2.07 cr] @Rentrak

Mersal has had a fantastic run since its release. As per reliable sources, the film has made Rs 51 crore worldwide on day 1. It is believed that the Vijay starrer, which has been directed by Atlee, raked in around Rs 34 crore from domestic market and Rs 17 crore plus from overseas market.

The film’s day 1 figures in Chennai city (which is among the biggest markets for Tamil films) the film picked up Rs 22.5 crore and just fell short of Rajinikanth’s Kabali record (Rs 23.5 crore), reported Forbes.

Made at an estimated budget of Rs 130 crore, Mersal is the most expensive film in Vijay’s career, surpassing his action-adventure flick Puli, which was made at a estimated budget of Rs 100 crore.

Since its release Mersal has been dragged into controversy. The Tamil Nadu state unit of BJP on Thursday objected to what it called “incorrect references” on the Goods and Services Act (GST) in Mersal. It demanded that the said scene be removed from the film. “Incorrect references have been made in Mersal about GST (Goods and Service Tax)... celebrities should desist from registering wrong information among people,” said BJP state unit president Tamilisai Sounderrajan.

The issue grew into a major controversy with rival political parties expressing their views. PMK youth wing leader and Lok Sabha MP Anbumani Ramadoss said that the reference to GST in the film was made in the context of providing free medical care.

However, Mersal has been receiving a lot of support from the film fraternity. Kamal Haasan, Rajinikanth, Kabali director Pa Ranjith, ace camaraman PC Sreeram and actor Sarath Kumar have all come out in support of Mersal.

Kamal Haasan tweeted: “Mersal was certified. Dont re-censor it. Counter criticism with logical response. Dont silence critics. India will shine when it speaks.”

The film, which sees Vijay essay triple role as a father-son combination, also stars three leading ladies -- Kajal Aggarwal, Nithya Menen and Samantha Akkineni.

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First Published: Oct 23, 2017 15:53 IST