Mani Ratnam’s much anticipated period drama Ponniyin Selvan 1 is unstoppable at the USA box office. After taking a fantastic start with million-dollar premiers, the film toppled numerous existing records during the first weekend with a phenomenal run in all locations.
By the end of the first weekend, PS 1 collected close to $ 4 M gross in the USA and emerged as one of the biggest blockbusters of the year. PS 1 is now the third highest-grossing Tamil film of all time and is on track to emerge as the biggest hit of Kollywood in its full run by surpassing Kabali and 2.0.
Tamil diaspora in North America owned PS 1 big time as the majority of the gross collected there is from the Tamil version only. This is the only non-Rajinikanth film of Kollywood to have such a sensational run in overseas. The film collected million dollars on three consecutive days and became the first Tamil film to achieve this rare feat.
The first weekend collections are as follows
Premiers: $ 1,116,570
First Day: $ 1,022,960
Saturday: $ 1,131,602
Sunday: $ 750,000( projected)
Total: $ 4 M + ( Expected)