Highest Grossing Tamil Films Of 2016

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2016 has been a fantastic year for Tamil cinema in general. Besides delivering some noteworthy critical gems, Kollywood also scored big at the box-office, both domestic and worldwide, and has ended the year with huge profits.

As many as four films crossed the 100-crore mark – a first for the Tamil film industry in a calendar year – and we also witnessed the first 300-crore Tamil grosser courtesy Superstar Rajinikanth’s Kabali. Overall, a high success ratio was maintained at the box-office and the ROI on investments, too, was pretty good for the distributors. More importantly, many commercial hits also scored well with the critics, which is always a sign that the year has ended on a good note.

In this feature, we’ll focus on the top five worldwide Tamil grossers of 2016 while also taking a look at which actors and Directors feature among the year’s biggest hits.


1.) Kabali

Director: Pa. Ranjith

Main Star: Thalaivar Rajinikanth

Worldwide Gross Collection: Rs. 350 crore

Verdict: All-Time Blockbuster


2.) Theri

Director: Atlee

Main Star: Ilaya Thalapathy Vijay

Worldwide Gross Collection: Rs. 156 crore

Verdict: Blockbuster


3.) Iru Mugan

Director: Anand Shankar

Main Star: Chiyaan Vikram

Worldwide Gross Collection: Rs. 120 crore

Verdict: Superhit

(Also read: Tamil actors with the maximum 100-crore grossers)

4.) 24

Director: Vikram Kumar

Main Star: Suriya

Worldwide Gross Collection: Rs. 100 crore

Verdict: Hit


5.) Remo

Director: Bakkiyaraj Kannan

Main Star: Sivakarthikeyan

Worldwide Gross Collection: Rs. 76.18 crore

Verdict: Superhit


Here are some important box-office milestones for Tamil cinema in the year, 2016:

1.) Maximum number of 100-crore grosser in a calendar year (4)

2.) First 300-crore+ grosser (Kabali)

3.) Maximum profit for a production house (V. Creations, which bankrolled both Kabali and Theri)


2016 will go down as one of the best years in the history of Tamil cinema. Over to you now, 2017. Let’s see what you’ve got.

Images Sources: V. Creations, Thameens, 2D, and 24 AM






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