Atlee’s directorial latest Tamil action offering Mersal has taken an excellent start at box office from Tamil states- Tamil Nadu and Kerala. Being superstar Vijay starrer, it is one of most anticipated Tamil movies of the year and has been released with huge excitement of fans. As expected the movie has come out as a worthy entertainment package and received very favorable response from audience.
Most of the critics too have reviewed Mersal positively, which has generated good word of mouth about it. As per critics, the actor has given wonderful performance as always. His presence on screen is very delightful, which is enough to hold audience till the end. Leading ladies Samantha, Nithya Menon, and Kajal Aggarwal has also given a charming performance.
On the first day, Mersal started its journey with tightly packed theaters and recorded more than 90% of occupancy across the states. With steady performance through out, the movie registered the superb opening of 22.50 crores from Tamil Nadu and 4.50 crores from Kerala. With this, it has become the highest opener of Vijay’s career by dominating the opening record of Bairavaa (16.61 cr TN).
Mersal reportedly has been released in over 550 screens in Tamil Nadu. The advance booking in Chennai and parts of Tamil Nadu met with stupendous response, indicating that Mersal would get a fantastic start at the Tamil Nadu box office.
Mersal collected $103,787 at the US box office in the advance sales for its premiere. ATMUS Entertainment tweeted: “#Mersal USA Premiere advance sales $103787 from 71 screens as of 10am EST. Starts with a century in style!” With the premieres over, the distributors are now busy compiling the numbers.
But early estimates show that Mersal collected $300,000 at the US box office in the premiere shows on Tuesday. The movie has shattered the record of Vijay-Atlee’s previous film Theri, which minted $251,000 in its US premieres. Noted south India’s trade analyst Idlebrain Jeevi tweeted: “#Mersal premiere sales as of 7:30 pm PST is $300k. It already crossed #Theri’s premiere no $251k from same combo!”
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