Ponniyin Selvan box office collection passes another milestone on Day 9


Ponniyin’s Selvan Part One has achieved another exceptional milestone at the global box office, but how is the film’s collection now?

While Indian cinema in 2022 has certainly made inroads into Western mainstream audiences with the likes of RRR, Vikram, KGF Chapter 2 and Brahmastra; the year is far from over.

Over the past week, the global film industry has been rocked by the rise of Ponniyin Selvan, who crossed major milestones on its opening day.

After just nine days, the film is now hustling among the top three grossers in Tamil history and Ponniyin Selvan’s global box office collection has now broken yet another record – here’s everything fans need to know.

Ponniyin Selvan has crossed another box office milestone

According to trade insiders, Ponniyin’s Selvan I (part 1) has grossed over Rs 325 crore worldwide by its 8th day in theaters, which has now risen to a whopping Rs 337 crore by 9th day, according to Sacnilko.

However, these numbers are still under scrutiny, with outlets including Bollymoviereviewz also reporting that the Day 9 collection has crossed Rs 343 crore when overseas earnings are included.

In an interview with The Hindustan Times yesterday, film analyst Trinath said, “PS1 is doing excellent at the box office. In seven days, the film has grossed over ₹325 crore and is set to cross ₹350 crore this weekend… This is the sixth Tamil film to enter the ₹300 crore club after films like 2.0, Enthiran, Kabali, Bigil and Vikram.”

The film had an incredible start to its box office collection as it released on 30th SeptemberThursdaywhich grossed around Rs 80 crore on its opening day.

“The PS1 is doing extremely well. Puja (Durga) festivals draw audiences in hordes and performances are held for a whole week. Globally, the film crossed ₹300 million and grossed over ₹100 million in Tamil Nadu. This is turning out to be the biggest blockbuster in Mani Ratnam’s career.” – Trinath, via The Hindustan Times.

Lyca Productions would then confirm that this makes Ponniyin Selvan the fastest film in the history of Tamil Nadu to cross Rs 100 crore!

However, it is not only in India where the film is doing well. Initiate Ramesh Bala reported that it was the first ever film to reach £1 million in the UK, even with Rajasekar tweeting that the film is the highest grossing Tamil film in the history of British cinema.

Ponniyin Selvan was originally supposed to be one giant film with a budget of Rs 500 crore; however, the decision to split the story into two parts has evidently gone down well with the production team – the budget is now split between the two films.

5Thursday the highest grossing film in Tamil history

As mentioned earlier, Ponniyin Selvan is now 5thThursday highest grossing film in the history of Tamil cinema:

  1. Baahubali 2: The Conclusion (2017) – Rs 1,810 crore*
  2. Baahubali: The Beginning (2015) – Rs 650 crore*
  3. 2.0 (2018) – Rs.625 crore
  4. Vikram (2022) – Rs 432 crore
  5. Ponniyin Selvan I (2022) – Rs 325 crore
  6. Kabali (2016) – Rs 300 crore
  7. Enthiran (2010) – Rs 290 crore
  8. Bigil (2019) – Rs 285 crore
  9. Mersal (2017) – Rs 260 crore
  10. Darbar (2020) – Rs 250 crore

*Baahubali was produced simultaneously in Telugu and Tamil, hence we have included both films in this list.

While the global box office collection for Ponniyin Selvan has dropped by 44.5% since Wednesday, October 5Thursdaythere is still a real possibility that the film could come close to surpassing Vikram as the fifth highest grossing Tamil film ever made.

The lead actor opens up about the meaning of the role

Jayam Ravi, who plays Arulmozhi Varman (King Raja Raja Chola I), recently opened up about the pressure of playing such an iconic and well-known role.

Speaking to PTI via The Times of India, the actor revealed how he studied director Mani Ratman’s work before the start of production as preparation. “Before acting in his film, I studied and learned from him. Now that I have acted in his film, I have learned directly from him, so it is a blessing for me,” he said.

“Everyone in South India looked up to him. For all Tamil speaking people he is their king. I am just a lucky actor to play this role. As a fan of Rajaraja Chola, if you look at the things he has done, no one has ever done that in the last thousand years. So the pressure was obviously there, but Mani sir made me realize the importance of playing this character.” – Jayam Ravi, via The Times of India.

Ravi would then share how the atmosphere on the sets with the production tea took that pressure off a lot, explaining how “Mani sir never makes you feel like an outsider. And while working on this film, I met some of the nicest people of my life. I have worked with Trisha before and Vikram is like my brother. Karthi and I have become brothers now. That’s the bond we have.”

“A historical film is one of the biggest challenges. You have no idea how people lived and behaved in the past. And then you have CGI and you have to act like you’re seeing something amazing and great in the shot. So I love challenges and this is the best challenge I have ever received.” – Jayam Ravi, via The Times of India.

By Tom Llewellyn – [email protected]

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