"Oopiri" has made superb collections at the U.S. box office in the first weekend, smashing the opening weekend business record of Nagarjuna's "Manam" and "Soggade Chinni Nayana."
"Oopiri," which stars Nagarjuna, Karthi and Tamannaah Bhatia, has been one of the most hyped Telugu movies of 2016. Its promos had generated a lot of curiosity before the film's release. PVP Cinema, which has bankrolled the film, distributed the film in 98 screens in North America, where Nagarjuna has got a tremendous fan following. Trade experts had predicted that it would become the biggest opener for the actor, beating all his previous records.
The Vamsi Paidipally-directed movie was premiered in several cinema halls across the country Thursday night, when it collected $76,635. "Oopiri" opened to a massive response and collected $210,281 at the U.S. box office on the first day. It broke the opening day record of "Soggade Chinni Nayana," and became the second biggest opener for Nagarjuna after "Manam."
The movie received positive response from the audience and saw a surge of crowds on Saturday and Sunday. "Oopiri" has collected $904,366 (Rs 6.02 crore) at the U.S. box office in the first weekend. Its business was expected to cross $1-million mark in three days, but the movie has failed to do that.
Trade analyst Taran Adarsh tweeted, "Telugu film #Oopiri has a SENSATIONAL opening weekend, grossing IMPRESSIVE numbers in USA. All set to cross $ 1 million..." He added, "Telugu film #Oopiri - USA: Thu previews $ 76,635, Fri $ 210,281, Sat $ 361,247, Sun $ 256,203. Total: $ 904,366 [₹ 6.02 cr]. WOW! @Rentrak"
Nagarjuna's "Manam" had collected $844,271 from 108 screens at the box office in its opening weekend, while his recent release "Soggade Chinni Nayana" earned $535,183 from 80 screens. The two were the first and second highest grossers for the actor. Now his latest film has shattered all his previous records.
"Oopiri" has become the second biggest opener of 2016, while Junior NTR's "Nannaku Prematho" topped the chart with its $1,577,709 collection from 165 screens in the opening weekend. Here is the list of some biggest opening Telugu movies of 2016 in the U.S. These numbers are based on various reports of Bollywood Hungama and they may vary from the figures listed elsewhere.
|Rank||Movie||Screen||1st weekend gross|
|3||Soggade Chinni Nayana||80||$504,378|
|4||Krishna Gaadi Veera Prema Gadha||120||$460,671|