Generally, the 1st-day collection of any movie plays a major role in the movie’s success. But this is not a hardcore rule. If a movie has very high 1st day collections, then that does not mean that it will be a super hit movie. In fact, if you look at history, most of the movies that receive high first-day collection, do not generally make it big at the box office in the longer run. There are 2 extreme scenarios that can take place for a Tamil movie.

Highest First Day Collection, BUT Flop

Sometimes movie receives great openings. But then, it fails badly. Why? This is because sometimes, Word of mouth also plays an important part. The movie’s openings may be due to its huge promotions. But then, the later drop can be due to the bad word of mouth. Even though large openings guarantee recovery of the budget, the overall earnings, and fate drop badly.

Low First Day Collection, BUT Hit

Movies with low openings rise in the following days, thanks to the Positive Word of Mouth. Maybe the budget is not sufficient to do promotions enough that the 1st-day collection of these Tamil movies are less. But when people start liking the film, word of mouth spreads and the movie becomes a super hit.

But these trends are not always followed. Movies like Kabali went on to become the biggest earning movies of all time. This movie also had a superb opening day. So, sometimes, filmmakers get lucky enough that their promotions pay off, and they get a good Word of Mouth as well.

Top Tamil Movie Openings

Let’s have a look at some of the best Tamil movies which received huge openings at the box office.

RankMovieRelease DateBOTY ScoreCollections
Kabali22 Jul, 201666₹44.75 cr
Mersal18 Oct, 201772₹42 cr
Lingaa12 Dec, 201459₹35.2 cr
Kaththi21 Oct, 201480₹20 cr
I14 Jan, 201575₹20 cr
246 May, 201664₹19.22 cr
Kochadaiiyaan23 May, 201466₹18 cr
Vivegam24 Aug, 201772₹16 cr
Kaala7 Jun, 201850₹15 cr
Theri15 Apr, 201662₹13.23 cr
Janatha Garage2 Sep, 201664₹12 cr
Anjaan15 Aug, 201448₹11 cr
Jilla10 Jan, 201461₹11 cr
Dasavatharam13 Jun, 200872₹10 cr
Arrambam31 Oct, 201372₹10 cr
Yennai Arindhaal5 Feb, 201572₹9.62 cr
Thuppakki13 Nov, 201279₹9.25 cr
Veeram10 Jan, 201467₹9 cr
Ko22 Apr, 201178₹9 cr
7 Aam Arivu26 Oct, 201160₹9 cr
Nanban12 Jan, 201276₹9 cr
Papanasam3 Jul, 201585₹8 cr
Chandramukhi14 Apr, 200570₹8 cr
Saguni22 Jun, 201243₹7 cr
Thalaivaa9 Aug, 201363₹7 cr
Colour - BOTY Score Range 80-100
70-80
60-70
Below 60

What is BOTY Score?

BOTY Score is a carefully evaluated rating assigned to every movie in BestoftheYear.in Database. The Score is calculated by averaging ratings from major critics, active BOTY members and other user reviews.


background means movie still Running at the box office.

*All Figures are in crore rupees and have been rounded off to nearest sensible value.