Director Trivikram Srinivas' "A...Aa" has made overwhelming collections at the overseas box office and become the next biggest earner for Blue Sky Cinemas after "Baahubali," "Soggade Chinni Nayana" and "Supreme."
Blue Sky Cinemas Inc, which was started in 2009 by movie lovers with a passion for cinema, is one of the leading distributors of Indian movies in international markets. The distribution house has released over 10 Indian movies in seven years and scored several hits among them. "Baahubali: The Beginning" has been its biggest earner
The distribution house acquired the theatrical rights of the Telugu, Tamil and Hindi versions of "Baahubali: The Beginning" for a fancy price of Rs. 11 crore. The SS Rajamouli-directed epic stormed the overseas box office and collected Rs. 75.10 crore gross in its lifetime. The film has earned Rs. 47.85 crore for Blue Sky, spelt a huge profit share it in 2015.
Blue Sky Cinemas started the year 2016 with the distribution of Akkineni Nagarjuna's movie "Soggade Chinni Nayana." The distribution house acquired the overseas theatrical rights of the film for Rs. 65 lakh. Released in around 150 screens, the movie collected Rs. 7.30 crore gross at the overseas box office in its lifetime, earning Rs. 3.90 crore for the distributor.
"Supreme" fetched Rs. 1.5 crore from the sale of its distribution rights and collected Rs. 5.35 crore at the international box office in 18 days. The Sai Dharam Tej-starrer earned Rs. 2.35 crore for its international distributor Blue Sky Cinemas, whose bosses are happy with its performance.
"A...Aa" happens to be the third Telugu movie of 2016 to be distributed by Blue Sky Cinemas, which bagged its international distribution rights for Rs. 4.70 crore. Released in 200 screens on June 2, the Nithin and Samantha-starrer collected Rs. 13.40 crore at the overseas box office in its opening weekend. The movie has earned Rs. 8.61 crore for the distributor in just four days, recovering 100 percent of the investment and earning a huge profit share to the distributor.
The movie has got positive word of mouth, which should help it fare well at the overseas box office in the coming days as well. Trade analysts predict the movie will surely become the third-highest-grossing Telugu film of all time in the international market after "Baahubali" and "Srimanthudu."