Nandamuri Balakrishna's 99th movie "Dictator" has done good collection at Andhra Pradesh and Telangana (AP/T) box office in its four-day-extended opening weekend. It has beaten its rivals like "Soggade Chinni Nayana" (SCN) and "Express Raja".
Amidst hype, promotion and expectations, "Dictator" was released in 625 screens in 600 locations across the Telugu states. The movie, which had good advance booking, received fantastic opening everywhere on 14 January. The movie became the second biggest opener for Balakrishna, beating the record of his previous release "Lion", but it could not smash the opening day record of "Legend".
"Dictator" received mixed response from both critics and audiences. The word of mouth took a toll on its business on the following days. Nandamuri fans were split between "Dictator" and Junior NTR's "Nannaku Prematho", which was another reason that affected its collection over the weekend.
"Dictator" has collected Rs 18+ crore gross at the AP/T box office in its four-day-extended first weekend. The movie has earned Rs 13.38 crore for its distributors of the Telugu states. Made on a whopping budget of Rs 20 crore, the film has fetched Rs 22.50 crore from the sale of its theatrical rights of AP/T. It has recovered over 60% of the investment of its distributors in four days.
While Nannaku Prematho topped the T-Town weekend business chart, "Dictator" has landed in the second place. Collections from the Balakrishna-starrer flick have beaten "Soggade Chinni Nayana" (SCN) and "Express Raja", which have earned Rs 10.53 crore and Rs 4.15 crore respectively for their distributors.
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