Actor Vikram’s ‘Iru Mugan’ in its second week remains unopposed as it continues to dominate the box office in Tamil Nadu. So much so that the film has been declared this year’s third biggest hit after ‘Kabali’ and ‘Theri’.
Meanwhile, the film is also Vikram’s second biggest opening after director Shankar’s ‘I’, which was released in 2015. It also gave him the much-needed break as his last outing ‘10 Endrathukulla’, which was directed by Vijay Milton, was a box office disaster.
The film was released on about 450 screens and it has managed to garner nearly Rs 30 crore in Tamil Nadu alone. The worldwide collection of the film crossed Rs 50-mark in its first weekend itself. The film was released last Thursday and it recorded a spike in collections over the weekend. And the holidays for Eid and Onam ensured more footfalls for the film.
The performance of its Telugu dubbed version, Inkokkadu, opened to a decent response in Andhra Pradesh. Unlike Tamil Nadu, where it had no rival, the film had a stiff competition from Mohanlal and Jr NTR starrer ‘Janatha Garage’ in Telugu regions.
In Kerala, the collection of ‘Iru Mugan’ was affected by Mohanlal’s ‘Oppam’ and Prithiviraj’s ‘Oozham’. In Karnataka, however, its collection suffered due to ongoing Cauvery water dispute.
The ‘Iru Mugan’ team held the success meet in Chennai recently, where distributor Mahesh of Auraa Cinemas said, “Theatre owners were willing to continue screening of the film till third week.” The film may continue its winning streak as it has no major competition until next week at the Tamil Nadu box office.
While actor Dhanush’s much-awaited film ‘Thodari’ will release on September 22, Vijay Sethupathi’s ‘Aandavan Katalai’ is slated for September 23 release.
According to reports, all the distributers of ‘Iru Mugan’ were happy as the film was sold at a very reasonable price that assured them of a good profit margin.
Speaking at the event, Vikram appreciated producer Shibu Thameens for making this film. “Without Shibu, Iru Mugan wouldn’t have happened. There was a situation that the film would never begin but Shibu sorted out all the issues within two days and on top of it, he also brought the best actors and technicians for the film,” said the 50-year-old actor, according to a Sify report.