Tamil action adventure Theri, which stars Vijay in the dual roles of a police officer and a doting father, has amassed 100 crore ($15 million) worldwide in six days, the actor’s third film to cross that benchmark.
Directed and written by Atlee Kumar, the film surpassed $1 million in North America on Thursday, the first time a Vijay vehicle has reached that pinnacle. His films Thuppakki and Kaththi both scored more than 100 crore globally.
Produced by V Creations’ Kalaipuli S Dhanu, Theri has raked in $467,000 on 52 screens in the U.K., an estimated €250,000 ($282,000) in France and $A342, 000 ($265,000) on only 17 screens in Australia, according to Rentrak. Released on 425 screens in Tamil Nadu, the film fetched 47.75 crore ($7.1 million) in five days. Cine Galaxy purchased the international distribution rights for a reported 3 crore ($450,000), said to be the first time a Tamil film was sold for more than 1 crore ($115,000).
Vijay plays Joseph Kuruvilla, a baker who lives in Kerala with his daughter Nivi (Baby Nainika). When Nivi’s school teacher Annie (Amy Jackson) shows interest in Joseph and follows him, it is revealed in a former life he was Vijay Kumar, the deputy commissioner of Chennai. Investigating a rape and murder case, Vijay enraged minister Vanamamalai (Mahendran), who killed Vijay’s mother (Radikaa) and his wife Mithra (Samantha Ruth Prabhu). When Joseph realizes Vanamamalai knows his secret identity, he decides to end their enmity.