Kangana Ranaut has a few 100 Cr grossers and her female oriented film Manikarnika also grossed over Rs. 140 Crores. Banking on her craze and the story of Jayalalithaa, the makers have spent up to Rs. 50 Cr on Thalaivi. The film received positive reviews but it failed to attract the audience to the theatres. In 6 days of theatrical run, the film has grossed around Rs. 5 Cr in Tamil, Rs. 1.1 Cr in Hindi, and a mere Rs. 60 lakhs in Telugu versions. The film is a complete washout in the Telugu states and will be out of the theatres after the first week itself. Though the makers have recovered the budget through non-theatrical rights, the film remains a box office disaster.