Early trends suggest "Sarainodu" (Sarrainodu) may not be able to beat the collection records of Allu Arjun's previous releases like "S/o Satyamurthy" (SOS) in premiere shows at the U.S. box office.
Allu Arjun's last releases "Race Gurram" and "S/o Satyamurthy" turned out to be big money spinners at the U.S. box office. Their huge success had proved that Bunny is another popular Telugu actor in North America after Mahesh Babu, Pawan Kalyan and Junior NTR. Hence, the overseas theatrical rights of "Sarainodu" were reportedly sold for a record price of Rs 7.50 crore.
The distributors planned to release "Sarainodu" in over 160 cinema halls across the country and they also held the premiere shows in many locations. After seeing its hype, trade experts predicted the movie would receive massive response at the U.S. box office in the paid previews and become the biggest opener for Allu Arjun, beating the records of his previous releases.
As predicted, "Sarainodu," which had got good advance booking, opened to a fantastic response everywhere in the country. The film has did decent business in the preview shows on Thursday night. The makers are yet to reveal its collection figures, as they are reportedly busy compiling the numbers.
"Sarainodu" reportedly had premiere shows in over 120 screens across the country. If we are to go by the early estimates, the Allu Arjun and Rakul Preet starrer has collected $190,679 from 95 locations at the U.S. box office in Thursday premieres. A post on Midwest Movies' Twitter handle reads, "#Sarrainodu premiers reported gross $190,679 from 95 locations."
According to this estimate, "Sarainodu" has shattered the record of "Race Gurram," which collected $102,782 at the U.S. box office in the premiere shows. But the movie will not be able to cross the benchmark set by "S/o Satyamurthy," which has grossed $347,267 at the U.S. box office in premiere shows.
"Sarainodu" has received mixed response from the audience and the word of mouth is expected to take its business upwards on its opening day. It needs to be seen whether the film will be able to shatter the records of "Race Gurram" and "S/o Satyamurthy," which collected $205,823 and $136,168, respectively, at the U.S. box office on their opening day.