The first half of 2016 saw many blockbusters in Malayalam starring Nivin Pauly, Dulquer Salmaan, Fahadh Faasil, Prithviraj Sukumaran and Dileep. However, it is Nivin's family entertainer "Jacobinte Swargarajyam" that is ruling the box office in the state by continuing its successful run even after 75 days of its release.
The collection report of Malayalam films that have already completed their theatrical run in Kerala shows that Fahadh's family movie "Maheshinte Prathikaaram" has raked in the highest gross collection in the state during the first half of 2016. The Dileesh Pothan-directed film is said to have collected a gross amount of Rs. 17.35 crore after completing a dream run of 100 days at the Kerala box office. The movie, which contained the right amount of romance, comedy, action and revenge, was well accepted by the audience, who called it as the comeback film of Fahadh after many back-to-back flops.
After "Maheshinte Prathikaaram," Nivin's realistic cop movie "Action Hero Biju" tops the box office chart among the movies that have completed their theatrical run in Kerala. The film was also screened for more than 100 days in the state and is believed to have minted an approximate gross amount of Rs. 16.65 crore, making it the second highest grosser of the "Premam" hero in 2016.
Dulquer's family thriller "Kali" has taken the third spot in the list with a figure of Rs. 16.40 crore. However, the Sameer Thahir movie, which also starred Sai Pallavi in the lead role, was only screened in Kerala for 62 days. It is followed by Prithviraj's comedy entertainer "Paavada" with an approximate gross collection of Rs. 16.34 crore after running for more than 100 days in Kerala. Dileep's comedy entertainer "King Liar" and Dulquer's thriller "Kammatipaadam" are also continuing their successful run in the state by minting more than Rs. 20 crore and Rs. 13 crore, respectively.
[The box office figures are excluding the outside-Kerala collection. Credits: Malayalam Review]