Mersal opened to generally positive feedback from audiences over the Diwali festival and was welcomed with a grand opening at the box office. The film became Vijay and Atlee’s highest grosser after just five days at the global box office. It managed to surpass the prestige 200 crore mark by its second weekend. Vijay and Atlee join the south Indian “200 crore club” along with Baahubali 2, Baahubali 1, Enthiran, Kabali, and Shankar & Vikram’s “I”. Mersal finished its run with 174 crores in India with approximatley 126 crores from Tamil Nadu itself. Gross wise it is the 6th highest domestic grosser of 2017. The film grossed nearly USD$11.87M outside of India, a remarkable feat for a south Indian film. Mersal is currently Kollywood’s 3rd highest grosser behind Enthiran and Kabali. When comparing with just the Tamil versions of Kollywood films, Mersal is the highest Kollywood grosser. Baahubali 2’s Tamil version (A Tollywood film) grossed nearly 251 crores globally making Mersal the 2nd highest Tamil grosser worldwide.
Tamil Nadu Performance
- Day 1 - 23.75 crores
- 1st Weekend Total (5 Days) - 78 crores
- First Week Total (7 Days) - 90 crores
- 2nd Weekend Total (12 Days) - 113.20 crores
- 26 Days Total - 123.75 crores
- 33 Days Total - 124.80 crores
- Closing Total - 126 Crores
With a gross of 126 crores in Tamil Nadu, Mersal is the 2nd highest grosser in the state after Baahubali 2’s 135.30 crores. Vijay’s film has a cume total of 19.84 crores in Kerala becoming the 2nd highest grossing non-malayalam film in the state. In Karnataka, Mersal is a clean success with Bangalore doing on par with Chennai City. It is the 4th highest Tamil grosser and the 7th highest non-Kannada/Hindi grosser in the state. Distributors have been left with quite sustaining returns in all domestic areas. With a valued domestic theatrical rights of 84.50 crores, Mersal has returned a distributor share of approximatley 93.75 crores.
In the overseas markets, Mersal put up a massive figure of $11.87M (70.94 crores). It surpassed Vijay’s previous sucesss, Theri, to become the highest grossing Indian film in Sri Lanka. It finished its run in Singapore with a gross of SGD$1.65M only to be behind Enthiran and Kabali. Mersal has grossed about $2.06M in the Middle East and $2.08M in Europe. Mersal has an approximate distributor share of 33 crores in the overseas market, well ahead of its 25 crore overseas rights.
Extra Box Office Notes
Chennai City Gross - 13.10 Cr
Chengalpet Circuit Gross - 25 Cr
Coimbatore Circuit Gross - 18.20 Cr
Total Global Total - 251.21 Crores.
- North America - USD$1.92M
- Europe - USD$2.28M
- Middle East - USD$2.29M
- Malaysia/Sri Lanka/Singapore - USD$4.81M
- Australia/New Zealand - USD$0.427M
- Rest of the World - USD$0.143M
- Closing Total - USD$11.87M
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