Sudheer Babu's "Bhale Manchi Roju" (BMR) continued rocking at the US box office in its second weekend, while new release "Abbayitho Ammayi" tanked at ticket counters in the country.
"Bhale Manchi Roju" was released in 25 screens in North America on 27 December and enjoyed a decent opening. The movie collected $84,744 at the US box office in its opening weekend. On weekdays, the film witnessed a steep decline and added $28,949 to take its seven-day US total to $113,693.
Trade experts in Tollywood predicted that Nenu Sailaja and Abbayitho Ammayi would affect "Bhale Manchi Roju" in its second week. The Sudheer Babu starrer would be forced out of most of the theatres in the country and it would also become the third choice for the audience there.
As predicted, "Bhale Manchi Roju" lost 40% of its screen count and witnessed around 80% drop in its business in its second week. The movie has collected $15,042 from 15 screens at the US box office in its second weekend and its 10-day US total to $128,735 (Rs 85.61 lakh). Yet, its business is much better than the collection of "Abbayitho Ammayi", which hit the screens in the country on 1 January.
Some in the industry were sceptical about the collection of "Abbayitho Ammayi" as it would clash with "Nenu Sailaja". But neither of the two had imagined that its business would be so low. The Naga Shourya starrer has collected $4,205 (Rs 2.8 lakh) from 32 screens at the US box office in its opening weekend.
Naga Shourya made his debut with "Chandamama Kathalu" in 2014. His second movie "Oohalu Gusagusalade" has fared well and collected $15,680 from 12 screens at the US box office in the first weekend (two days). His next releases "Dikkulu Choodaku Ramayya", "Lakshmi Rave Maa Intiki" and "Jadoogadu" could not beat this record.
The screen count of his latest outing "Abbayitho Ammayi" was two times more than that of "Oohalu Gusagusalade". Hence, it was expected to beat the Latter's record and biggest opener for Naga. But, the film has disappointed.