Mani Ratnam’s Ponniyin Selvan Part I continues to shatter records at the box office. After a terrific opening, the historical drama saw a 40 per cent jump in collections of the Hindi version, bringing the total to Rs 4.35 crore. Meanwhile, the film has grossed Rs 138.45 crore worldwide within two days of release.
As per trade analyst Manobala Vijaybalan, the film saw a drop in its collections on day 2. “Ponniyin Selvan WW Box Office Day 1 – ₹ 78.29 cr Day 2 – ₹ 60.16 cr Total – ₹ 138.45 cr,” he tweeted.
According to Box Office India, the film saw a Rs 28.50 crore total on its second day for its Hindi version, bringing the all India total to Rs 59.75 crore nett. The film is doing extremely good business in Tamil Nadu and is set to challenge Vikram, which was one of the highest grossers this year.
The star-studded film that features Karthi, Jayam Ravi, Trisha, Vikram and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan among others had collected around Rs 80 crore on its opening day, making it the biggest Tamil opener at the Worldwide Box Office, and will see a more rapid increase during the festive holidays.
The film had opened to Rs 25 crore in Tamil Nadu and earned Rs 34.25 crore overseas. Film trade analyst Manobala Vijayabalan had tweeted the figures.
Ponniyin Selvan had faced stiff competition from Hrithik Roshan and Saif Ali Khan’s Vikram Vedha, but the Hindi crime thriller failed to have an impressive opening, despite strong word of mouth.Vikram Vedha had earned approximately Rs 11.56 cr on its opening day.
Ponniyin Selvan: I, based on Kalki’s popular works, has received glowing reviews. Indianexpress.com’s Kirubhakar Purushothaman hailed it as a ‘faithful’ and ‘brilliant’ adaptation with no dull moments. In his review, he wrote, “Mani Ratnam understands Kalki’s novel is a mainstream page-turner, so he retains its flavour and neither intellectualises it nor dumbs it down.”