Maanaadu, the Silambarasan-starrer Tamil film that released on big screens on Thursday, collected approximately Rs 7.50 crore nett at the box office, in Tamil Nadu, on the first day of release, a source in the know told Silverscreen India on condition of anonymity.
It collected about Rs 75 lakh in Chennai city and about Rs 1.77 crore in the Chengalpattu region, the source added. The Chengalpattu region, that stretches from East Coast Road toll booth to Red Hill, is said to be the biggest territory for the Tamil film industry box office.
It is to be noted that Maanaadu is the first Tamil film to hit the screens after the Tamil Nadu state government announced that vaccination is mandatory for those visiting public spaces such as cinema theatres. The film’s producer, Suresh, had written to the government to reconsider its decision. While not much response was yielded for the makers on that front, a day before the scheduled release of the film, there was confusion hovering around the release date. The morning shows (5am) were cancelled due to financial issues, but resumed from 7.30 am on Thursday. The delay in delivering KDM (Key Delivery Message) as a consequence of the financial issues, delayed the morning shows.
Maanaadu was first slated to release for Diwali, but had opted out of the race.
Set against the backdrop of a political convention, Maanaadu explores the sci-fi concept of time loop and marks the first collaboration of the director and actor. It opened to positive reception. The film also starred actor-filmmaker SJ Suryah, Kalyani Priyadarshan, Daniel Annie Pope, YG Mahendran, SA Chandrasekhar, and Premji in prominent roles.