Director Vikram Kumar's latest film, "Manam" rocked the box office on the opening day, earning over ₹3 crore worldwide despite clashing with Superstar Rajinikanth's "Vikramasimha" ("Kochadaiiyaan" in Tamil) at the box office.
The film starring late Nageswara Rao, Nagarjuna, Naga Chaitanya, Shriya Saran and Samantha made good business on day one, earning ₹2.50 crore in India and ₹1.71 crore from overseas, taking the overall collections to ₹3.21 crore, according to film critic and trade analyst Taran Adarsh.
The breakup of the revenue on day one accoding to Adarsh is as follows:
Nizam - ₹91 lakh
Ceded - ₹39 lakh
Vizag - ₹22 lakh
Guntur - ₹18 lakh
East Godavari - ₹14 lakh
West Godavari - ₹15 lakh
Krishna - ₹17 lakh
Nellore - ₹7 lakh
The film collected ₹2.23 crore from Andhra Pradesh, ₹16 lakh from Karnataka and approximately ₹3 lakh from North India / TNK, taking the domestic revenue on the opening day to approximately ₹2.50 crore, tweeted the trade analyst.
"Telugu film #Manam – USA: Thu previews $95,473, Fri $196,608. Total: $292,081 (₹1.71 crore). Many screens yet to report. SUPERB," Tweeted Taran. He had said on Friday that the film took a phenomenal start in the USA, earning $91,484 (₹53.45 lakh) from just 69 screens, with figures from several screens yet to come.
"Manam," directed by National Film Award winner, Vikram Kumar received good reviews from critics ahead of its release. It is about love across three generations spanning for 100 years (1920 to 2020). Three generation actors of Akkineni family (ANR, Nagarjuna and Naga Chaitanya) have teamed up together for the first time in this film, which also has Nagarjuna's son Akhil and Bollywood Superstar Amitabh Bachchan in cameo roles. Actors like MS Narayan, Brahmanandam, Jaya Prakash Reddy, Ali, Tanikella Bharani and Posani Krishna Murali also play pivotal roles in the film.
In the film, Radha Mohan (Naga Chaitanya) and Krishna Veni (Samantha) are entangled in family feud that threatens to end their marriage. As fate has it, they die in a car accident, leaving their son Nageswara Rao aka Bittu (Nagarjuna) an orphan.
Bittu, who turns into a successful businessman, meets a man named Nagarjuna (Naga Chaitanya). Nagarjuna's uncanny resemblance with his father makes him to believe that there would be someone, who look likes his mother, and to his surprise, he finds Priya (Samantha).
Meanwhile, Chaitanya (ANR) meets Bittu and Anjali (Shriya), who resemble his parents. How these people are connected to each other forms the rest of the story.
The film was released in around 800 screens worldwide on Friday, and is expected to make a good weekend collection despite tough competition from Rajinikanth's "Vikramasimha" in South India and overseas.