Ponniyin Selvan I: 5 box office records broken by this epic by Mani Ratnam as it headed towards the Rs 450 cr mark

Filmmaker Mani Ratnam’s latest blockbuster Ponniyin Selvan I has been a massive contributor to the box office recovery. It has been a fantastic year for Tamil cinema. All of the pent-up demands from the lockdown fueled fundraisers across the state and gave stakeholders some much-needed respite.

Ponniyin Selvan I was a big gamble by Mani Ratnam. Not only was it the filmmaker’s most ambitious film, it was also the most expensive film of his career, which spanned four decades. Despite the high costs involved, Ratnam maintained his no-nonsense storytelling style and made no compromises in his vision of making it appealing to a wider audience. Result: Tamil audiences across the country and around the world appreciated his efforts and intentions by showing up in cinemas in large numbers. While there were complaints about the film’s “slow pace,” that didn’t stop the film from breaking the box office records of previous blockbusters and creating new ones.

There’s no denying the impact of PS:1’s tremendous success on the way future big-budget blockbusters are made. This film showed that a filmmaker can boldly invest in his vision without compromising his artistic integrity and still be victorious.

The producers of PS:1 have not been very accommodating about the cost they incurred in making PS:1. Mani Ratnam and his team of master filmmakers shot both parts of the film in a single piece that spanned 150 days. And putting together such a massive production in such a short amount of time is a record in itself. However, it helped producers save a lot of money. Some media reports estimate that the cost of making this film would have been somewhere between Rs 400 crore and Rs 500 crore. And on Thursday, Lyca Productions said the film’s collection touched Rs 400 crore from its worldwide ticket sales. The film also shows no signs of slowing down at the box office thanks to the holiday season.

Here are the few box office records broken by PS: 1.

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Biggest opening for Mani Ratnam in 20 years

PS:1 was the biggest opening of Mani Ratnam’s career to date. The filmmaker never saw such an opening as he honed his storytelling style and gravitated toward a nuanced portrayal of life rather than churning out crowd-pullers. The film debuted at the box office in Tamil Nadu by bringing in over Rs 22 crore to the collection. Its world gross value on day one was about Rs 80 crore.

All time record in Tamil Nadu!

PS:1 was the fastest film to break Rs 100 at the box office in Tamil Nadu. The film managed to show the real strength of Tamil Nadu’s box office market after a long time. According to trade analyst Ramesh Bala, the film’s collection so far totals more than Rs 180 crore, beating records previously held by the likes of Vikram, Baahubali 2, 2.0.

#1 Tamil Film Abroad

PS:1 has become the number 1 Tamil film not only in its home state but also in several international markets. It is the first Tamil film to overtake the collections of Rajinikanth films in countries like Malaysia, Singapore, Australia and other European countries.

Surpassed Rajinikanth films in US

The USA is traditionally the stronghold of the Telugu film industry. Rarely has a Tamil film made a dent in the US like Baahubali 2 apart from a few Rajinikanth films. PS: 1 has sold over $6 million in tickets in the US, surpassing the lifetime collections of Rajinikanth’s Kabali ($4.61 million) and 2.0 ($5.2 million). It enjoys the distinction of being the first non-Rajinikanth film to break the $4 million mark at the US box office.

Vikram’s lifetime collection

Even in its third week, PS:1 has retained a significant number of screens in Tamil Nadu. The demand for this film is so great that many cinemas are said to want to continue showing this film, although two big films Prince and Sardar are preparing to hit theaters in this Deepavali. PS:1 is said to be running on around 500 screens in Tamil Nadu in its third week. At this rate, PS:1 will overtake the lifetime worldwide collection of Kamal Haasan’s latest blockbuster Vikram, which is pegged at Rs 430 crore, in no time.



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