Vijay's Mersal has created a new history at the Tamil Nadu box office. The Ilayathalapathy-starrer has minted a record-breaking collection on its first day and shattered the record of Rajinikanth's Kabali.
As per the trade reports, Mersal has minted Rs 24.8 crore at the Tamil Nadu box office on the opening day. The distribitors' share stands at Rs 14.1 crore. It has now beaten the record of Rajinikanth's Kabali, which had minted Rs 21.5 crore on the first day.
Ajith's Vivegam is in the third place by raking in Rs 16.25 crore.
Mersal has grossed Rs 47.1 crore at the worldwide box office. It has raked in Rs 4.5 crore in Kerala with distributors' share of Rs 2 crore, while collecting Rs 5 crore in Karnataka. From rest of India, the Vijay's film has earned Rs 60 lakh to take its India gross to Rs 34.9 crore.
In the US, Mersal has earned Rs 3.2 crore and the estimated numbers from the rest of the world stands at Rs 9 crore to take worldwide gross to Rs 47.1 crore.
The rise in the ticket price and the Diwali holiday had major role in pulling audience to theatres across South India.
Among the top worldwide grossing-movies of South India, Mersal stands at fourth place after Baahubali 2 (Rs 214 crore), Kabali (Rs 87.5), Baahubali (Rs 73 crore) and Khaidi No. 1 (Rs 50.45 crore).
Meanwhile, Mersal has opened to fairly positive reviews. The critics and audience have lavishly praised the flawless first half, while a section of audience have disliked the dragging second half. Yet the industry experts feel that the movie should be a winner as it has the content, which will be loved by the family audience.