Since its release, Vijay's Mersal has been making headlines for one reason or another. It has been widely reported that the movie has been minting money since its release but what was perhaps unforeseen was the controversy it found itself embroiled in. Mersal has been criticised by Tamil Nadu BJP leader, H Raja, for what he claims to be "false criticism" of GST and Digital India, two initiatives that the party has fully put its weight behind. However, the scene that refers to GST in the movie has gone viral on social media with people sharing and commenting extensively.
The controversy has perhaps helped in the business but Mersal had earned Rs 43.50 crore on its first day itself. In fact, the movie had witnessed 94 per cent occupancy on its opening day.
Mersal has been creating waves in the international box office as well. It has made Rs 3.57 crore in Malaysia.
Mersal broke into Australia weekend top 10, along with Golmaal Again.
In the USA, it has overtaken Kamal Haasan's Vishwaroopam to become the highest-grossing non-Rajnikanth movie.
In the UK, Mersal has seen the highest opening for a Tamil movie, beating Rajnikanth's Kabali.
It has done decent business in New Zealand as well.
Vijay's movie is expected to cross Rs 150 crore globally this week.
Mersal has received positive reviews with audiences and critics praising Vijay for his top notch performance. Atlee Kumar's Mersal revolves around two brothers Maraan who is a doctor and Vettri who is a magician. They are separated as children after their parents are murdered. Maraan and Vettri eventually come together to take down the forces responsible for the murder of their parents. The movie features Vijay in three roles - Maraan, Vettri and the father, along with Samantha Ruth Prabhu, Kajal Aggarwal, Nitya Menon and SJ Surya.