Ponniyin Selvan I box office collection Day 1: Mani Ratnam’s film outperforms RRR and Vikram in Tamil Nadu, breaks records abroad

The historical epic of Mani Ratnam Ponniyin Selvan: 1 received a positive response from audiences and film critics upon its release in theaters on Friday. The positive reviews and years of anticipation have resulted in the film securing a great opening at the box office. The film has opened to crushing numbers not only in India but also abroad. Film trade expert Ramesh Bala shared that the epic has captured “the biggest day 1 opening for a Tamil film at the WW Box office for 2022”.

Adapted from Kalki Krishnamurthy’s novel of the same name, the film has collected Rs 25.86 crore in Tamil Nadu, outperforming SS Rajamouli’s RRR and Kamal Haasan’s Vikram. Film trade analyst Manobala Vijayabalan commented: β€œ#PonniyinSelvan Part 1 has a GREAT start at the box office. The film grossed β‚Ή25.86 cr on Day 1 in the state. 3rd BIGGEST opener of the year.” The two films standing for PS1 are Valimai (Rs 36.17 cr) and Beast (Rs 26.40 cr).

The Hindi circuit has registered a collection of about Rs 1.75 crore, Box Office India reported. The film has stiff competition from Saif Ali Khan and Hrithik Roshan starrer Vikram Vedha in the Hindi-speaking states. Vikram Vedha has earned about Rs 11.56 cr on the opening day.

Ramesh Bala shared that in the US, Ponniyin Selvan: I has shot the best box office collections ever for a Tamil movie. He tweeted: “#PS1 becomes the first Tamil film to make $1 million a day (September 29 & 30) back-to-back in the US πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ πŸ”₯.” The film has also done well in Australia. He wrote: β€œ#PS1 All-time Highest No.1 opening for a Tamil Film in Australia πŸ‡¦πŸ‡Ί for Day 1.. πŸ”₯ A$427K. The previous record holder was #Master – A$283K.”

Ponniyin Selvan: I have impressed film critics. Kirubhakar Purushothaman of Indianexpress.com called it a “faithful” and “brilliant” adaptation with no dull moments. In his review, he wrote, “Mani Ratnam understands that Kalki’s novel is a mainstream page-turner, so it keeps its flavor and doesn’t make it intellectual or stupid.”

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