The film is expected to make a big release and it has to be seen whether Villain would break Mersal's record or not.
Among the movies of Vijay, it is Theri that registered the highest opening day business from multiplexes by earning Rs 12.87 lakh. As per early trade estimates, the Thalapathy-starrer has earned Rs 31.3 crore on the first day.
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Before Mersal, the record for the best opening for a Tamil movie at the Kerala box office was held by the Rajinikanth starrer Kabali, which reportedly had fetched 4.27 Crores on its opening day at the Kerala box office. In the U.S., it has minted above Rs 2.25 crore.
How well was Mersal's box office performance on its opening day? Taran Adarsh said Malaysia had a "mania" for Mersal, where the film debuted by collecting MYR 586,665 (Rs 90.31 lakhs). AUS: "A$ 133,057 [₹ 68.01 lakhs] - 25 locations United Kingdom: "£ 94,311 [₹ 81.08 lakhs] - 37 locations", tweeted Taran.
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Mersal will continue to keep the cash registers ringing at the box office due to the strong advance booking.
The film managed to secure mixed reports from premier shows. The film's pre-release business has so-far minted the makers a whopping Rs 150 crore-plus.
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"Mersal" marks the second collaboration between actor Vijay and director Atlee. The actor-director duo's maiden venture, Theri, was also a top-grossing Tamil film previous year. The leading ladies - Kajal Aggarwal, Samantha Ruth Prabhu and Nithya Menen have also been appreciated for their brief roles.