The Rajinikanth-starrer Jailer, which was released in theatres on Thursday, has become the biggest Tamil opener of the year. The film grossed Rs 52 crore in India on its opening day, as per industry tracker Sacnilk. Nett collections for the film stood at Rs 44.5 crore. Jailer has now claimed the title of the biggest Tamil opener of the year. This position was previously held by Mani Ratnam’s Ponniyin Selvan 2, which grossed Rs 32 crore in India on day one.
Jailer enjoyed a 78.62% occupancy throughout the day. Of of the film’s Rs 52 crore gross collection, Tamil Nadu accounted for Rs 23 crore, Karnataka delivered Rs 11 crore, Andhra Pradesh and Telangana brought in Rs 10 crore, and Kerala brought in Rs 5 crore.
The film is also enjoying a great run in the overseas market. As per trade analyst Ramesh Bala, the film has already made over $1.45 million in the US, which is more than Vijay’s Varisu, which collected $1.14 million during its entire run in the US market.
In an earlier report, ticket aggregator BookMyShow shared that they sold 900,000 tickets of Jailer with southern states. Film exhibitor Akshaye Rathi told indianexpress.com, “In Tamil Nadu and the Tamil-speaking belt across the country, Jailer is looking like an absolute storm. The kind of advance bookings that you see around the film is unprecedented. It is possibly on its way of becoming one of the highest-opening Tamil films of all time. A huge Huge buzz there.”
Rajinikanth’s last release, 2021’s Annaatthe, earned Rs 70.19 crore worldwide on its first day, and crossed Rs 112 crore in just two days. But it was a Diwali release. Jailer will face some competition from Bhola Shankar in theatres on Friday. The Chiranjeevi-starrer could dominate the Telugu speaking states which could affect Jailer’s business through the weekend.
Directed by Nelson Dilipkumar, Jailer also stars Ramya Krishnan, Vinayakan, Yogi Babu.