Mani Ratnam’s Ponniyin Selvan-1 crosses Rs 100 crore-mark at Tamil Nadu box office

In just five days, Mani Ratnam's multi-starrer grossed $300 million worldwide.

Mani Ratnam’s Ponniyin Selvan-1 crosses Rs 100 crore-mark at Tamil Nadu box office
Trisha Krishnan and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan/Twitter
  • S Subhakeerthana

Last Updated: 09.35 AM, Oct 05, 2022


Mani Ratnam's Ponniyin Selvan adaptation is doing exceptionally well at the box office. The movie, which was released on September 30 in Tamil, Hindi, Telugu, Malayalam and Kannada (alongside Dhanush's Naane Varuven), brought in Rs 27.5 crore on Tuesday, the fifth day of its release, in India.

Its astounding current total is roughly Rs 165.5 crore. The Dussehra/Ayudha Puja vacations immensely helped the film, which is anticipated to gross between Rs 205-210 crore domestically in its first week, according to Pinkvilla.

Ponniyin Selvan-1 earned a total of Rs 165.5 crore domestically via its first five days of release: Friday: Rs 38.50 crore, Saturday: Rs 35.50 crore, Sunday: Rs 39 crore, Monday: Rs 25 crore, and Tuesday: Rs 27.50 crore.

Except for Andhra Pradesh, Ponniyin Selvan, made on a budget of Rs 500 crore, saw a slight drop in recent days in most major states.

On the fifth day, Ponniyin Selvan 1, had amassed almost Rs 300 crore at the box office, and it was clear that the movie was on track to become one of the biggest hits in Tamil cinema history.

Hrithik Roshan and Saif Ali Khan in Vikram Vedha
Hrithik Roshan and Saif Ali Khan in Vikram Vedha

Vikram Vedha had released on the same day as Ponniyin Selvan-1 and made between Rs 5.80 and Rs 6.20 crore. Based on the fabled story of Vikram and Betaal, it was written and directed by the husband-and-wife duo Pushkar-Gayatri. The film follows the game of cat-and-mouse between a gangster and a police officer, featuring Saif Ali Khan, Hrithik Roshan, Radhika Apte, Rohit Saraf, Sharib Hashmi, and Yogita Bihani.

Notably, PS-1 became the fifth movie in Tamil Nadu to gross over Rs 100 crore, following Vikram, Valimai, Beast and KGF: Chapter 2. By the end of its second week, PS-1 hopes to surpass the milestone set by Kamal Haasan's Vikram, minting Rs 175 crore.

Based on a five-part novel of the same name by Kalki Krishnamurthy, Mani Ratnam, has been wanting to make this film for the past 40 years, and it faced its set of challenges before becoming a reality.

Vikram in PS-1
Vikram in PS-1

Vikram, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Jayam Ravi, Karthi, Trisha Krishnan, and Sobhita Dhulipala are among the actors who appear in the historical drama.

Ponniyin Selvan-1, which was funded by Madras Talkies and Lyca Productions, broke a few records for Tamil-language film. The Mani Ratnam directorial had the greatest opening day ever for a Tamil-language movie, earning $9.8 million on the day of release.

The movie had the highest opening for a Tamil movie in the country in the US., debuting in sixth place with $4.01 million. In addition, among the top 10 movies, it had the highest $8,036 per screen average.

It was the best three-day opening for an Indian movie in Malaysia, where it made MYR8.4 million ($1.8 million), making it the greatest three-day opening for the country this year.

The tale of Ponniyin Selvan was reduced by Mani Ratnam and his writers Elango Kumaravel and Jayamohan into two movies. The second part, for which filming is finished and will be released in 2023, picks up where the first leaves off.

A still from RRR
A still from RRR

In the last three months, more than a dozen south films have been part of the Rs 100-crore box office club.

SS Rajamouli's RRR, made history on day one, by amassing the largest opening day box office total of any Indian film—Rs 223 crore. The Hindi version alone brought in Rs 107.59 crore at the box office in five days.

Allu Arjun's Pushpa: The Rise, which was released in late December 2021 and earned over Rs 300 crore globally, laid the groundwork for remarkable box office success for the movies coming out in 2022.

According to trade reports, James by Puneet Rajkumar, Radhe Shyam by Prabhas, and Bheemla Nayak by Pawan Kalyan all made between Rs 100 and 200 crore at the box office.

Ajith in Valimai
Ajith in Valimai

Within ten days of its release on February 24, Valimai (Tamil) joined the Rs 200-crore club.

The Kashmir Files, directed by Vivek Agnihotri, made over Rs 235 crore worldwide, while Alia Bhatt's Gangubai Kathiawadi made over Rs 100 crore, globally.

The run of box office successes can be attributed to the unmet demand as well as the significant influx of high-quality content. People have not been able to view movies on large screens for the past two years, so when they can, they throng the theatres.