Superstar Mahesh Babu's "Srimanthudu" has shattered the first record of SS Rajamouli's "Baahubali - the Beginning", with some of its premiere show tickets selling for a whopping $15,000.
The production cost of "Srimanthudu" is around Rs 50+ crore. Detroit Producer Naveen Yerneni has produced the movie in collaboration with Y Ravi Shankar, CV Mohan and Mahesh Babu under the banners of Mythri Movie Makers and G Mahesh Babu Entertainment Pvt Ltd.
Mahesh Babu has got a huge fan following in the US and some other key international markets, where all his previous movies have done record business. The makers of "Srimanthudu" have made extensive plans for the release of the movie, which is set to hit over 150 screens in the US alone.
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"Srimanthudu" is reportedly releasing in 11 theatres in Detroit and it is said to be a record screen count for a Telugu movie in the area. The distributors of the film have planned to hold 20+ premiere shows on 6 August. Some of Naveen Yerneni's friends have bought the tickets of the premier show for a whopping price of $15,000 in the US.
"Srimanthudu" has registered impressive amount of advance bookings for its opening weekend in the US. Its distributors, Sunil Pantra, Vamsi Karumanchi, Kiran Duggirala and Shiva Polavarapu, are very happy with the pre-release business of the movie, which has been directed by Koratala Siva.
Many celebs from Bollywood and other Indian film industries were surprised to hear that the tickets for the benefit shows of "Baahubali - the Beginning" were sold for Rs 4,000 to Rs 8,000 (mainly Andhra Pradesh and Telangana). It was also reported that a fan had bought a ticket for Rs 10,000, which is said to be the highest record so far. Now, "Srimanthudu" has beaten this record and set its own new benchmark.
Another interesting aspect is that "Srimanthudu" has reportedly been selected as the opening movie night for the "Festival of Globe" to be held in San Jose, California, from 7-16 August. It will be screened at 8:30pm on 7 August at Camera 12 Cinemas in San Jose as part of the film festival, which is attended by many Hollywood celebrities, including Jackie Chan, Martin Sheen and Sharon Stone.