List of highest grossing mainly tamil movies in numbers

by SathishNarayan | created - 11 Sep 2013 | updated - 25 Sep 2016 | Public

The list of top tamil movies that made the highest gross collections worldwide in its theatrical release in all the versions or languages...

Criteria - 100 crores

NOTE: Only Theatrical collections included and the verdict is also based only on theatrical collections...

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1. Kabali (2016)

TV-MA | 153 min | Action, Crime, Drama

Returning from prison, aged gangster Kabali confronts those who had destroyed his life. While doing so, he learns about what had happened to his family when he was gone.

Director: Pa. Ranjith | Stars: Rajinikanth, Winston Chao, Radhika Apte, Dhansika

Votes: 9,836

The quintessential Rajini mass movie with a touch of sentiment worked unbelievable magic in the box office and just like how a typical Rajini movie should do, set the new box office benchmark for tamil cinema!!!!

Overall Box Office Verdict - BLOCKBUSTER

Comment - Rajini again reiterates whos the biggest South Indian superstar worldwide ever!! The 75 crores budgeted movie made more than double the amount invested!!! A rare feat amongst big budget South Indian movies!!

Collections break up in the format - Gross-Nett-Share:-

Tamil Nadu - 85 - 83 - 50 crores Andhra/ Nizam - 42 - 35 - 21 crores Karnataka - 33 - 23 - 14 crores Kerala - 20 - 14 - 8 crores North India - 40 - 28 - 14 crores Overseas - 105 - 91 - 58 crores ----------------------------------------------------------------- Total - 325 - 274 - 165 crores -----------------------------------------------------------------

2. Enthiran (2010)

Not Rated | 174 min | Action, Sci-Fi

A brilliant scientist builds a humanoid robot to protect mankind, but things go awry when human emotions are programmed and inner turmoil causes the robot to act against him.

Director: S. Shankar | Stars: Rajinikanth, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Danny Denzongpa, Santhanam

Votes: 21,641 | Gross: $4.37M

The movie made an overall worldwide gross of an estimated 310 crores.. Hugely helped by the gross in other languages (Telugu and Hindi) in which it made about 97 crores worldwide...

The estimated nett figure stands at 269 crores and the distributors' share is 167 crores...

Overall Box Office Verdict - ABOVE AVERAGE

Comment - Made at an astonishingly high budget of 132 crores... the movie, even though is the second highest ever grosser for South Indian movies, has to settle for the above status only unfortunately...

Collections break up in the format - Gross-Nett-Share:-

Tamil Nadu - 114 - 112 - 67 crores Andhra Pradesh - 70 - 56 - 39 crores Karnataka - 11.5 - 8 - 5 crores Kerala - 14.5 - 10 - 6 crores North India - 34 - 24 - 14 crores Overseas - 66 - 59 - 36 crores ----------------------------------------- Total - 310 - 269 - 167 crores -----------------------------------------

3. i (2015)

Not Rated | 188 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

A successful model's professional and personal life takes an ugly turn when he develops a hunchback due to an injection. He then plots revenge against the people who ruined his life.

Director: S. Shankar | Stars: Vikram, Amy Jackson, Suresh Gopi, Upen Patel

Votes: 16,671

The movie had done wonderfully well in the box office... Shankar yet again made it to the 200 crores league!!!

The movie collected 241 crores gross.. The estimated nett figure stands at 189 crores and the shares are at 113 crores.. The mega budget movie had made decent profits at the end of its run..

Overall Box Office Verdict - ABOVE AVERAGE

Comment - Shankar's 2nd name is Extravaganza.. the movie made at a budget of 95 crores doesn't have the critical acclaim but the audiences had something else to say in the box office..

Collections breakup in the format - Gross - Nett - Share:-

Tamil Nadu - 78 - 59 - 35 crores Andhra-Telangana - 51 - 41 - 25 crores Karnataka - 15 - 9 - 5.5 crores Kerala - 20 - 14 - 8.5 crores North India - 21 - 15 - 8 crores Overseas - 56 - 51 - 31 crores ----------------------------- Total - 241 - 189 - 113 -----------------------------

4. Lingaa (2014)

Not Rated | 174 min | Action, Drama

A small-time thief reforms after learning about the role played by his grandfather in building a dam.

Director: K.S. Ravikumar | Stars: Rajinikanth, Anushka Shetty, Sonakshi Sinha, Jagapathi Babu

Votes: 4,191

The movie made a worldwide gross of an estimated 163 crores..

The estimated nett figure stands at 144 crores and the distributors' share is about 89 crores..

Overall Box Office Verdict - AVERAGE

Comment - Rajini is back.. Only Rajini cudve made a re entry after being unwell so badly!!... The huge budget of nearly 100 crores and average word of mouth is the reason for it's above status..

Collections break up in the format - Gross-Nett-Share:-

Tamil Nadu - 68 - 67 - 40 crores AndhraNTelangana - 25 - 20 - 14 crores Karnataka - 11 - 7.5 - 4.5 crores Kerala - 5 - 3.5 - 2 crores North India - 11 - 7.5 - 4.5 crores Overseas - 43 - 38 - 23.5 crores --------------------------------------------- Total - 163 - 144 - 89 crores ---------------------------------------------

5. Sivaji (2007)

Not Rated | 188 min | Action, Thriller

A software engineer comes to India to serve the nation and invest in nation's welfare. A few corrupt officials and politicians try to stop him but he overcomes all obstacles.

Director: S. Shankar | Stars: Rajinikanth, Shriya Saran, Suman, Vivek

Votes: 14,457

The movie had made a worldwide gross of an estimated 145 crores... A new record for South Indian movies back then..

The estimated nett figure stands at 123 crores and the distributors' share is 88 crores...

Overall Box Office Verdict - BLOCKBUSTER

Comment - Made at a big budget of 42 crores at that time proved to be a genuine box office phenomenon and a trendsetter in South Indian cinema..

Collections break up in the format - Gross-Nett-Share:-

Tamil Nadu - 67 - 59 - 47 crores Andhra Pradesh - 21 - 17 - 12 crores Karnataka - 7 - 5 - 3 crores Kerala - 7 - 5 - 3 crores North India - 7 - 5 - 3 crores Overseas - 36 - 32 - 20 crores ----------------------------------------- Total - 145 - 123 - 88 crores -----------------------------------------

6. The Knife (2014)

TV-14 | 166 min | Action, Drama

Jeevanandham is a social activist who fights against a monstrous MNC company to restore farming. Because of destiny, Kathiresan impersonates Jeevanandham and leads the war.

Director: A.R. Murugadoss | Stars: Joseph Vijay, Samantha Ruth Prabhu, Neil Nitin Mukesh, Tota Roy Chowdhury

Votes: 14,553

The movie had done stupendous business in it's release globally.. The worldwide gross is about 134 crores..

The estimated nett figure is 122 crores and the distributors' share is 73 crores... Rocking figures..

Overall Box Office Verdict - ABOVE AVERAGE

Comment - The movie is estimated to be made at a budget of close to 55 crores and worldwide theatrical rights sold at 62 crores.. The movie marks Vijay's 2nd movie into the coveted 100 crores league!!

Collections break up in the format - Gross-Nett-Share:-

Tamil Nadu - 71 - 70 - 42 crores Andhra Pradesh - Did not release Karnataka - 10 - 7 - 4 crores Kerala - 10.5 - 7 - 4 crores North India - 2.5 - 1.5 - 1 crores Overseas - 40 - 36 - 22 crores --------------------------------------------- Total - 134 - 122 - 73 crores ---------------------------------------------

7. Vishwaroopam (2013)

Not Rated | 148 min | Action, Thriller

When a classical dancer's suspecting wife sets an investigator behind him, a series of violent events are triggered, revealing his real identity and connection to a darker world.

Director: Kamal Haasan | Stars: Pooja Kumar, Miles Anderson, Kamal Haasan, Rahul Bose

Votes: 37,431

The movie made an overall worldwide gross of an estimated 134 crores... which constituted the gross in other languages (Telugu and Hindi) of about 45 crores...

The estimated nett figure stands at 101 crores and the distributors' share is 58 crores...

Overall Box Office Verdict - BELOW AVERAGE

Comment - Made at a budget of 65-70 crores... the movie brought decent returns inspite of having to deal with TN's huge entertainment tax, delayed release and ban in Tamil cinema's most important overseas market Malaysia!! great indeed...

NOTE: The budget was overhyped by Kamal as 95 crores... which included about 40% of the work for Vishwaroopam 2...

Collections break up in the format - Gross-Nett-Share:-

Tamil Nadu - 62.5 - 47 - 28 crores Andhra Pradesh - 12.5 - 10 - 7 crores Karnataka - 7 - 5 - 3 crores Kerala - 8 - 6 - 3.5 crores North India - 24 - 17 - 10 crores Overseas - 20 - 18 - 6.5 crores ----------------------------------------- Total - 134 - 101 - 58 crores -----------------------------------------

8. Theri (2016)

Not Rated | 157 min | Action, Drama

When his daughter's life is endangered by a local gang, Joseph Kuruvilla will do whatever it takes to stop them. However, at the same time, his dangerous past slowly resurfaces.

Director: Atlee Kumar | Stars: Joseph Vijay, Samantha Ruth Prabhu, Amy Jackson, Baby Nainika

Votes: 10,294

The movie had taken a good opening as expected.. Good word of mouth and decent reviews can only help the movie do better.. The worldwide collections stood at a rocking 150 crores!!

Overall Box Office Verdict - ABOVE AVERAGE

Comment - Made at an estimated budget of 65 crores.. The movie needs terrific collections to be considered a Hit..

Collections break up in the format - Gross-Nett-Share:-

Tamil Nadu - 73 - 72 - 43 crores Andhra/ Nizam - 6 - 5 - 3 crores Karnataka - 9 - 6.5 - 4 crores Kerala - 16 - 11 - 6.5 crores ROI - 2 - 1 - 0.5 crores (4 days) Overseas - 44 - 40 - 24 crores ------------------------------------------------------------------ Total - 150 - 136 - 81 crores ------------------------------------------------------------------

9. Thuppakki (2012)

Not Rated | 165 min | Action, Thriller

An army captain is on a mission to track down and destroy a terrorist gang and deactivate the sleeper cells under its command.

Director: A.R. Murugadoss | Stars: Joseph Vijay, Kajal Aggarwal, Vidyut Jammwal, Sathyan

Votes: 20,160

The movie made an overall worldwide gross of 131 crores...

The estimated nett figure stands at 115 crores and the distributors' share is 72 crores...

Overall Box Office Verdict - ABOVE AVERAGE

Comment - Made at a budget of about 53 crores due to highly paid technicians in this project.. made superb returns to the investors.. One of the most genuine super collectors in the history of South Indian cinema...

Collections break up in the format - Gross-Nett-Share:-

Tamil Nadu - 68 - 67 - 40 crores Andhra Pradesh - 18 - 14 - 10 crores Karnataka - 7 - 5 - 3 crores Kerala - 7 - 5 - 3 crores North India - 2.5 - 1.5 - 1 crore Overseas - 28.5 - 23 - 15.5 crores ----------------------------------------- Total - 131 - 115 - 72 crores -----------------------------------------

10. Vedalam (2015)

Not Rated | 148 min | Action, Thriller

Ganesh clashes with a trio of criminal brothers when he tips off the police about them. When they try to seek revenge, they realize he has a score to settle with them too.

Director: Siva | Stars: Ajith Kumar, Shruti Haasan, Lakshmi Menon, Soori

Votes: 4,737

The movie has made an overall worldwide gross of an estimated 126 crores..

The estimated nett figure stands at 117 crores and the distributors' share is 70 crores..

Overall Box Office Verdict - HIT

Comment - A mid size budget of an estimated 45 crores and an amazingly growing market for Ajith made the movie a success..

Collections break up in the format - Gross-Nett-Share:-

Tamil Nadu - 77 - 75 - 45 crores Andhra/ Nizam - Did not release Karnataka - 9 - 6.5 - 4 crores Kerala - 5 - 4 - 2 crores North India - 2 - 1.5 - 1 crores Overseas - 33 - 30 - 18 crores ----------------------------------------------------- Total - 126 - 117 - 70 crores -----------------------------------------------------

11. Singam 2 (2013)

Not Rated | 166 min | Action, Thriller

Tough cop Durai Singam performs an undercover operation and identifies some nefarious activities in the seas around the coastal town.

Director: Hari | Stars: Suriya, Anushka Shetty, Hansika Motwani, Vivek

Votes: 4,801 | Gross: $12.33M

The movie made an overall worldwide gross of an estimated 125 crores...

The estimated nett figure stands at 115 crores and the distributors' share is 69 crores...

Overall Box Office Verdict - HIT

Comment - The investors hit a jackpot with this high commercial entertainer which took the brand Singam forward to cash in.. Made at a considerably modest budget of 45 crores the movie eventually fetched a really high ROI (Return On Investment) making it a genuine high budget hit of tamil cinema..

Collections break up in the format - Gross-Nett-Share:-

Tamil Nadu - 61 - 60 - 36 crores Andhra Pradesh - 18 - 14 - 10 crores Karnataka - 8 - 6 - 3.5 crores Kerala - 7 - 5 - 3 crores North India - 1.5 - 1 - 0.5 crore Overseas - 29.5 -26.5 - 16 crores ----------------------------------------- Total - 125 - 115 - 69 crores -----------------------------------------

12. Kanchana 2 (2015)

166 min | Comedy, Horror, Romance

A couple of revenge seeking ghosts haunts an innocent man, and the people surrounding him, to get justice for their murders.

Director: Lawrence Raghavendra | Stars: Lawrence Raghavendra, Tapsee Pannu, Kovai Sarala, Nithya Menon

Votes: 980

The movie has made a worldwide gross of an estimated 114 crores..

The estimated nett figure stands at a 100 crores and the distributors' share is about 60 crores..

Overall Box Office Verdict - BLOCKBUSTER

Comment - The first sub 20 crores movie to crack open this elite list!! This also marks the first non superstar movie to achieve it too.. An unbelievable achievement for Raghava Lawrence..

Collections break up in the format - Gross-Nett-Share:-

Tamil Nadu - 50 - 49 - 29 crores Andhra/ Telangana - 32 - 25.5 - 15.5 crores Karnataka - 10 - 7 - 4 crores Kerala - 5 - 3.5 - 2 crores North India - 1 - 0.5 - 0.5 crores Overseas - 16 - 14 - 9 crores ---------------------------------- Total - 114 - 100 - 60 crores ----------------------------------

13. 7 Aum Arivu (2011)

168 min | Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller

A genetic engineering student tries to bring back the skills of a legend of the past and use his skills to save India from a deadly virus attack by China.

Director: A.R. Murugadoss | Stars: Suriya, Shruti Haasan, Johnny Nguyen, Abhinaya

Votes: 8,560

The movie made a worldwide gross of an estimated 110 crores...

The estimated nett figure stands at 85 crores and the distributors' share is 58 crores...

Overall Box Office Verdict - BELOW AVERAGE

Comment - The movie had a monstrous budget of 80 crores which is why it wasnt a success..

Collections break up in the format - Gross-Nett-Share:-

Tamil Nadu - 52 - 39 - 27.5 crores Andhra Pradesh - 25 - 20 - 14 crores Karnataka - 6 - 4 - 2.5 crores Kerala - 6 - 4 - 2.5 crores North India - 1.5 - 1 - 0.5 crores Overseas - 19 - 17 - 10.5 crores ----------------------------------------- Total - 110 - 85 - 58 crores -----------------------------------------

14. Arrambam (2013)

Not Rated | 157 min | Action, Drama, Mystery

A mysterious man along with a young computer hacker tries to unveil a major government conspiracy which resulted in several bloody deaths.

Director: Vishnuvardhan | Stars: Ajith Kumar, Arya, Nayanthara, Tapsee Pannu

Votes: 7,792

The movie has made a worldwide gross of an estimated 105 crores...

The estimated nett figure stands at 96 crores and the distributors' share is 58 crores...

Overall Box Office Verdict - AVERAGE

Comment - A considerably big budget of 60 crores is the reason for the above verdict..

Collections break up in the format - Gross-Nett-Share:-

Tamil Nadu - 58 - 57 - 34 crores Andhra Pradesh - 5 - 4 - 3.2 crores Karnataka - 6.5 - 4.5 - 3 crores Kerala - 5 - 3.5 - 2 crores North India - 2 - 1.5 - 1 crores Overseas - 28 - 25 - 15 crores ----------------------------------------- Total - 105 - 96 - 58 crores -----------------------------------------

15. Dasavatharam (2008)

Not Rated | 189 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

After realizing the danger of a bio-weapon, a scientist wants to protect it from being misused. The vial accidentally reaches India, and he must race against time to prevent a potential disaster.

Director: K.S. Ravikumar | Stars: Kamal Haasan, Asin, Jaya Prada, Mallika Sherawat

Votes: 7,709

The movie made a worldwide gross of an estimated 103 crores...

The estimated nett figure stands at 87 crores and the distributors' share is 60 crores...

Overall Box Office Verdict - HIT

Comment - A considerably big budget for that time of about 40 crores was recovered easily by Kamal Haasan's genius..

Collections break up in the format - Gross-Nett-Share:-

Tamil Nadu - 53 - 47 - 35 crores Andhra Pradesh - 9 - 7 - 5 crores Karnataka - 6 - 4 - 2.5 crores Kerala - 7 - 5 - 3 crores North India - 5 - 3 - 2 crores Overseas - 23 - 21 - 12.5 crores ----------------------------------------- Total - 103 - 87 - 60 crores -----------------------------------------

16. Puli (2015)

Not Rated | 155 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

A virtuous soldier tries to save people from an evil queen and a throne-seeking commander.

Director: Chimbudeven | Stars: Joseph Vijay, Sridevi, Sudeep, Prabhu

Votes: 6,499

The movie made a worldwide gross of an estimated 102 crores...

The estimated nett figure stands at 79 crores and the distributors' share is 49 crores...

Overall Box Office Verdict - BELOW AVERAGE

Comment - A big budget of about 65 crores was the reason for the above verdict..

Collections break up in the format - Gross-Nett-Share:-

Tamil Nadu - 50 - 37 - 22.5 crores Andhra/ Nizam - 7 - 6 - 4 crores Karnataka - 7.5 - 5 - 3 crores Kerala - 5.5 - 4 - 2.5 crores North India - 7 - 5 - 3 crores Overseas - 25 - 22 - 14 crores ----------------------------------------- Total - 102 - 79 - 49 crores -----------------------------------------

17. 24 (I) (2016)

164 min | Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller

A scientist invents a time machine, which leads to a bitter battle between his evil twin brother and his son.

Director: Vikram K. Kumar | Stars: Suriya, Samantha Ruth Prabhu, Nithya Menon, Saranya Ponvannan

Votes: 13,795

The movie did a decent business overall after being hyped very big.. The worldwide gross was 106 crores..

The nett figure is about 92 crores while distributors' shares stood at 59 crores..

Overall Box Office Verdict - AVERAGE

Comment - Suriya's own production of about 60 crores is a big money to recover and make profits..

Collections break up in the format - Gross-Nett-Share:-

Tamil Nadu - 32 - 31 - 19 crores Andhra/ Nizam - 27 - 22 - 15.5 crores Karnataka - 6 - 4 - 2.5 crores Kerala - 8 - 5.5 - 3.2 crores North India - 2 - 1.5 - 0.5 crore Overseas - 31 - 28 - 17 crores ---------------------------------------------------- Total - 106 - 92 - 59 crores ----------------------------------------------------



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