Riding the tide of success, Rajinikanth’s cinematic venture, ‘Jailer,’ has officially breached the illustrious Rs 500 crore threshold in its global box office accumulation. The sole obstacle thwarting the Nelson Dilipkumar-directed spectacle from being christened the “highest-grossing Tamil film of all time” is none other than S Shankar’s cinematic marvel, ‘2.0.’
Despite the recent cinematic endeavors of the revered Superstar Rajinikanth failing to attain laurels at the box office and drawing substantial censure for their lackluster quality, he once again unveils his unparalleled prowess in drawing cinephiles to the theaters. Even amidst the passage of ten days since its debut, ‘Jailer’ continues to amass substantial earnings, defying the usual weekday trends and reasserting Rajinikanth’s supremacy as the preeminent monarch of Indian cinema, particularly in the realm of box-office triumphs.
In a definitive proclamation of its global impact, the Nelson Dilipkumar-helmed opus has officially surpassed the monumental Rs 500 crore benchmark worldwide, thereby eclipsing the cumulative earnings of Mani Ratnam’s magnum opus historical action opus, ‘Ponniyin Selvan: I,’ which garnered Rs 488.36 crore throughout its entire theatrical sojourn. Estimates shared by industry tracker Sacnilk indicate that ‘Jailer,’ on Monday, generated a sizeable Rs 6.1 crore (nett), culminating in a collective domestic accumulation of Rs 287.7 crore. Early prognostications suggest a continued successful streak, with an anticipated collection of around Rs 5 crore on Tuesday.
Amidst these triumphant figures, the Tamil action spectacle boasted a remarkable 24.84 percent occupancy within the Tamil cinema landscape. While the morning screenings commenced with a 14.98 percent occupancy, the percentages witnessed a steady ascent, reaching 22.36 percent during the afternoon showings and culminating at 31.33 percent during the evening exhibitions. The nocturnal screenings witnessed a marginal dip, ultimately stabilizing at 30.69 percent occupancy.
With a gross accumulation of Rs 329.4 crore within India’s borders and an overseas yield of Rs 178 crore, the global earnings of ‘Jailer’ have presently burgeoned to Rs 507.4 crore. As the current epoch unfolds, the sole substantial contender aligning with ‘Jailer’s’ awe-inspiring triumph at the box office remains Sunny Deol’s ‘Gadar 2,’ exercising dominance in the northern territories. Accumulating a commendable India nett of Rs 389.1 crore and a worldwide gross of Rs 487 crore, ‘Gadar 2’ stands as a noteworthy rival.
However, ‘Jailer’s’ ascent towards the zenith of box office history remains shadowed by S Shankar’s science-fantasy opus, ‘2.0’ (2018), starring none other than Rajinikanth himself. As per Sacnilk, ‘2.0’ garnered an awe-inducing Rs 723.30 crore in its theatrical journey across the globe.
In ‘Jailer,’ Rajinikanth embodies a character fueled by a desire to avenge the untimely demise of his law-enforcing son. The film boasts notable cameos by luminaries such as Mohanlal, Shivarajkumar, and Jackie Shroff. Laden with exhilarating action sequences, the cinematic offering also features Priyanka Mohan, Tamannaah Bhatia, Ramya Krishnan, Yogi Babu, Vasanth Ravi, and Vinayakan.
In a captivating insight into the cinematic dynamism harnessed by Rajinikanth and Nelson Dilipkumar, Kirubhakar Purushothaman of The Indian Express opines in his review, “Jailer,” that the duo successfully rekindles the magic of a compelling masala film. He states, “Jailer is Rajinikanth’s version of Kamal Haasan’s Vikram, but with a twist. Saying that doesn’t take away anything from this fun-filled entertainer.”
In the midst of these achievements, Rajinikanth, who arrived in Chennai on a recent evening, extended his gratitude to the populace of Tamil Nadu and the global audience for contributing to the resounding triumph of ‘Jailer.’ Addressing the controversy surrounding his recent gesture of touching the feet of Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, Rajinikanth asserted, “Whether a sanyasi or a yogi, it is my habit to fall at their feet even if they are younger than me. That’s what I did.” This clarification followed a reporter’s inquiry concerning the aforementioned gesture during Rajinikanth’s visit to Lucknow.