Nagarjuna's "Bhai" received negative reviews from critics, but the film has performed decently well on its first day thanks to the actor's star power.
"Bhai" got off to a poor start during the morning shows in Andhra Pradesh due to heavy rains and below average talk from the public. But the film picked up at evening shows across the state and registered a decent figure on the first day.
According to AndhraBoxOffice, "Bhai" is estimated to have earned around ₹3 crore AP share on day one. The film has failed to surpass Pawan Kalyan's "Attarintiki Daredi" (AD) and Jr NTR's "Ramayya Vastavayya" (RV) collections. While "AD" raked in ₹10.75 crore share on its first day, "RV" fetched ₹8.7 crore. "Bhai" trails far behind with its first day AP share being close to around ₹3 crore.
However, the film has received the second biggest opening for a Nagarjuna starrer next to 2012 release "Damarukham."
Directed by Veerabhadram Chowdary, "Bhai" is deemed as an action-comedy entertainer. The film has got negative feedback from critics, who have called the film's plot as predictable, which might affect its collections in the days that follow. Moreover, rains might also play spoilsport for the film.
The first weekend collections are crucial to decide the fate of a film. It has to be seen how "Bhai" fares during the weekend (26-27 October). The Nag starrer is expected to run in theatres for a few more weeks until next Telugu biggie releases. However, the film's performance will get hampered in the next weekend, when Vishal's "Pal Naadu" (Telugu version) hit screens for Diwali.
Pawan Kalyan's "Attarintiki Daredi" (AD) has earned a worldwide share of ₹71.24 crore in four weeks, according to AndhraBoxOffice.
The film has successfully entered into the fifth week and is expected to perform decently as the makers have decided to add new scenes to get repeat audience and earn more revenue.
The family entertainer has already been declared a blockbuster and is the highest grossing Telugu film of this year (till date). The film is on the verge of becoming the new industry hit in a few days.
While the buzz surrounding "AD" continues, Pawan has moved on to his next film. He will be next seen in Sampath Nandi's "Gabbar Singh 2." The director is said to be fine tuning the script to match the soaring expectations of the fans.
Speculations are rife that the film, a sequel to "Gabbar Singh", will kick-off on 2 December. However, an official confirmation on the same is yet to be made.