Mumbai: Thalapathy Vijay's Mersal has been making waves at the national as well as the international box office. It has surpassed records held by Vishwaroopam in the US, Kabali in the UK and is very close to breaking Enthiran's record in Malaysia. The film has collected close to Rs. 250 Crore at the Box Office and has already become actor Vijay's highest grossing film of the career. Mersal is the fifth south Indian film after Baahubali: The Beginning, Baahubali: The Conclusion, Kabali, and Enthiran to enter the elite club of highest collection.
Mersal's outstanding collections were jumpstarted by its exceptional earnings on its opening day. It had earned Rs 43.50 crore worldwide on its first day itself. According to reports, Mersal had witnessed 94 per cent occupancy on its opening day. In fact, a Forbes report mentioned that Mersal saw a bigger opening than Aamir Khan's Dangal and Shah Rukh Khan's Raees in the US.
A 2017 Diwali release Mersal has received mostly positive reviews and Vijay has been praised by critics for being in his top form. The story revolves around two brothers Maraan, a doctor and Vettri, a magician, who are separated as children, after their parents are murdered. They eventually come together to defeat the forces that tore their family apart. The movie also stars Samantha Ruth Prabhu, Kajal Aggarwal, Nithya Menon and SJ Surya.