We had reported earlier that the latest Mohanlal film, Odiyan, has opened to poor reviews from the audience and the media. However, the box office numbers are enormous due to the massive star power of the legendary actor and the immense hype that the film had. As expected, Odiyan has smashed existing opening records at the Kerala box office. With a day 1 gross of more than 7 crores, Odiyan is now the all-time best opener in the state crossing the mark set by Vijay’s recent Diwali release - Sarkar.
The film has dropped on day 2 but is still collecting good due to the strong pre-release advance bookings and the wide release it had. In the UAE GCC, a huge collection region for Malayalam films, Odiyan had a simultaneous release along with all the domestic markets. The recent Nivin Pauly hit, Kayamkulam Kochunni, had a simultaneous release in UAE GCC and collected huge numbers, paving the way for other Malayalam biggies like Odiyan to also follow a similar release strategy. The total day 1 gross of Odiyan from UAE GCC is reported to be a massive 7.3 crores, which is a new record opening collection for a Malayalam film.
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