Mohanlal’s ‘Neru’ enters ₹50-crore club, emerges Christmas winner in Kerala

Made on a comparatively small budget, 'Neru' gained an audience after the positive response on the opening day.

BySouth First Desk

Published Dec 29, 2023 | 4:08 PMUpdatedDec 29, 2023 | 4:08 PM

Neru enters ₹50 crore club

Mohanlal’s Neru has grossed ₹50 crore worldwide, a week after its release on 21 December.

Made on a comparatively small budget, the courtroom drama gained an audience after the positive response on the opening day.

According to the Sacnik tracking website, Neru performed well in seven days. On its 8th day, it earned a total of ₹23.8 crore in India.

As per trade experts, the Mohanlal-starrer earned around ₹2.70 crore on its seventh day from Kerala and around ₹2.76 crore on its eighth day. It earned ₹43 crore at the global box office on its eighth day.

Further, the movie earned ₹18.5 crore from the overseas market.

Neru collected ₹22.37 crore from India on its opening weekend. However, 2018 remains in the top place by earning ₹25.15 crore. RDX is in third place with ₹22.25 crore followed by Kannur Squad with ₹21.9 crore in the opening weekend.

Before Neru, Mohanlal’s Pulimurugan (2017), Oppam (2016), Lucifer (2019), and Drishyam (2013 and 2021) entered the ₹50-crore club.

Related: ‘Neru’ is an emotional courtroom drama backed by a powerful script that serves justice

Neru gets more screens

Neru is an emotional courtroom drama that deals with a socially relevant issue.

Anaswara Rajan delivered the career-best performance in the flick. It also marked the comeback for Mohanlal who had back-to-back flops.

The movie is directed by Jeethu Joseph and produced by Antony Perumbavoor.

Neru is now being screened in more theatres in Kerala. Single screens and multiplexes in the state, which were screening Salaar: Part 1-Ceasefire replaced the big-budget flick with Neru.

The movie was released in 200 theatres in the first week. In its second week, the number of screens rose to 350.

Christmas winner

Thanks to the Christmas vacation, the family audience is thronging the cinema halls to watch the film.

Soon after the movie received a warm response from the audience, the team, including Mohanlal, organised a success party.

At the party, Mohanlal noted that films with good content would be accepted by the audience.

Neru was released a day before Prabhas’ Salaar: Part 1-Ceasefire on 21 December. Shahrukh Khan’s Dunki too was released the same day.

According to trade experts, Salaar: Part 1-Ceasefire grossed ₹13.76 crore from Kerala in the first week. The big-budget pan-Indian movie, which was screened in 300 theatres across the state, collected ₹500 crore at the global box office.

However, Neru emerged as the Christmas winner by getting more screens in the second week.