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Box Office Roundup: Mersal Makes Waves In The International Market; Golmaal Again Has The Second Biggest Opener This Year


Last week was all about Mersal. Vijay’s film stumbled from one controversy to the other with the film releasing on Diwali. Tamil Nadu BJP’s stand against the film has snowballed into a big row but from the business perspective it’s not such a bad news for Mersal’s producers. Golmaal Again, despite what critics said, has managed to bring in the moolah and overtake Aamir Khan’s Secret Superstar.

Mersal (Tamil)

A film that has been pegged as the most-awaited one in Kollywood, Vijay’s Mersal finally released on Diwali. A few days since its release, and the whole country is already talking about it. What began with people comparing similarities between Atlee’s film and the Kamal Haasan-starrer Aboorva Sagodharargal, it has now become a political controversy, with Tamil Nadu BJP opposing the criticism of GST and demonestisation in the film.

Starring Vijay in triple roles, the film has a star cast of Samantha Ruth Prabhu, Kajal Aggarwal, Nithya Menen, Vadivelu, and S J Suryah. With music by AR Rahman, it has the distinction of being Thenandal Film’s 100th project.

The film opened to a record-breaking box-office collection in Tamil Nadu. According to a report in Forbes, first day collection was approximately Rs 31.3 crore. With Rs 18-19 crore gross collection in Tamil Nadu alone, Mersal is now next to Rajinikanth’s Kabali, which collected Rs 23.5 crore in Tamil Nadu on its opening day last July.

Overseas, also Mersal is doing a great business. Mersal beat the opening day grosses of Dangal and Raees in the United States, and as of Wednesday, it was approaching a $500,000 total there. Openings in other territories were at or near record levels, with the UK tallying £94,311 (₹ 81 lakhs), Malaysia scoring MYR 586,665 (₹90.3 lakhs), and Australia A$33,057 (₹ 68 lakhs),” reported Forbes.

According to trade analyst Taran Adarsh, Mersal is “collecting more than the two Hindi releases in some key international markets.”

Read: Silverscreen’s review of Mersal

Secret Superstar (Hindi)

The Advait Chandan directorial, which released on Thursday, revolves around a teenager named Insiya (Zaira Wasim), who dreams of becoming a famous singer and how she changes her life and the lives of everyone around her. Aamir Khan plays the quirky character of Shakti Kumaarr in the movie.

The film had a good start on Diwali and is garnering strong word of mouth, read a statement issued on behalf of the makers.

According to trade analyst Taran Adarsh, Secret Superstar released in 1,750 screens across India and in 1,090 screens overseas, minting Rs 4.80 crores on its opening day. On Friday, the film made Rs 9.30 crores, and on Saturday, the film made Rs 8.65 crores, in total making Rs 22.75 crores in India alone.

Read: Silverscreen’s review of Secret Superstar

Golmaal Again (Hindi)

Golmaal Again is the fourth installment from Rohit Shetty’s popular Golmaal franchise. The film stars Tabu, Parineeti Chopra, Ajay Devgn, Shreyas Talpade, Arshad Warsi, Kunal Khemu, Tusshar Kapoor, Prakash Raj and Neil Nitin Mukesh. The film takes on the horror-comedy genre, with most of the characters reprising their roles from the original film.

The fourth installment managed to open a massive response on its opening day, minting Rs 30.4 crores on Friday, making it the second biggest opener in 2017. The film has so far made $ 1.17 million [Rs 7.61 crores] in its overseas market.

Read: Silverscreen’s review of Golmaal Again

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