Ram's Telugu film "Nenu Sailaja" has concluded the first weekend with record breaking collection at the US box office. The movie has done better business than "Dilwale" and "Bajirao Mastani".
"Nenu Sailaja", which is distributed by iDream Media overseas, was released across North America on Friday. The movie was premiered in several locations on Thursday night and has also got good response. The film debuted with fantastic amount of occupancy on the first day of its release and became the biggest opener for actor Ram Pothineni.
The Kishore Thirumala-directed romance drama garnered positive response from both critics as well as the audience and the word-of-mouth helped it show decent growth in its business on Saturday. "Nenu Sailaja" collected $328,826 (Rs 2.18 crore) at the US box office in two days.
On Sunday, India's leading film trade analyst Taran Adarsh tweeted, "Telugu film #NenuSailaja is STRONG in USA. Previews $ 21,587, Fri $ 147,791, Sat $ 159,448. Total: $ 328,826 [₹ 2.18 cr]. @RentrakIndia."
"Nenu Sailaja" reportedly witnessed a steep decline in its business on Sunday, with its collection reaching approximately $75,682. The movie has collected approximately $413,848 (Rs 2.75 crore) at the US box office in the first weekend. The movie has fetched Rs 1.38 crore to its distributors of the region.
"Nenu Sailaja" had a limited number of screens when compared to two-week-old Bollywood movies "Dilwale" and "Bajirao Mastani". But its per-screen average, which stands at $6,270, is much bigger than that of the big-ticket Hindi films. While "Bajirao Mastani" topped the US business chart for Indian movies, "Nenu Sailaja" has landed in the second place, pushing "Dilwale" down to the third spot.
In its third weekend, "Bajirao Mastani" has collected $611,658 from 304 screens at the US box office and its 17-day total stands at $4,767,397 (Rs 31.71 crore). Its per-screen average is $2,012 in its third weekend. "Dilwale" has collected $215,828 from 111 screens at the US box office in its third weekend and its per screen average is $1,944. Its 17-day total business in the US stands at $3,590,556 (Rs 23.88 crore).