"Shankarabharanam" (Sankarabharanam) has done average business at the box office in two days, and is heading in the direction of another disaster 2015 after "Akhil", "Bruce Lee" and "Sher".
"Shankarabharanam" is one of the most awaited and highly-talked-about Telugu movies of the year. The movie, which had massive promotion, released in 550 cinema halls across India and over 100 theatres in key international markets. Since it is the highest screen count for a Nikhil film, it was expected to open big and shatter all records of his recent hits.
The Nikhil Siddharth and Nanditha Raj-starrer had an average advance booking for its opening day, and debuted with an average occupancy of 45%. "Shankarabharanam" collected approximately Rs 2.50 crore gross at the Andhra Pradesh and Telangana box office on the first two days. Its distributors share stands at Rs 1.48 crore.
"Shankarabharanam" grossed $28,756 (Rs 19.16 lakh) at the US box office in Thursday premieres and on Friday. Another Rs 10 crore gross comes from its screens in other parts of India. The film got an approximate share of Rs 1.68 crore to its distributors on the first day of its release.
Uday Nandanavanam's debut directorial garnered negative response and the bad word-of-mouth took a toll on its business on Saturday. As per early estimates, "Shankarabharanam" has raked in approximately Rs 2 crore at the worldwide box office on its second day, taking its gross total to Rs 5 crore. The film is estimated to have fetched Rs 2.75 crore its distributors.
During its promotions, Nikhil Siddharth had said "Shankarabharanam" would be another big hit in his career after "Swamy Ra Ra", "Karthikeya" and "Surya vs Surya". But this action-crime-comedy-thriller seems to have failed to live up to expectations.