"Sardar Gabbar Singh" (Sardaar/SGS) has made brilliant collection at the U.S. box office in the premiere show. It has beaten the record of Mahesh Babu's "Srimanthudu" and become the second biggest film after "Bahubali: The Beginning."
Power star Pawan Kalyan is one of the most popular Telugu actors in North America and some of his films held the records of the biggest openers and highest grossers at the U.S. box office in the past. The huge success of "Gabbar Singh" generated a lot of curiosity about its sequel "Sardar Gabbar Singh" among film goers in the country.
Eros International, which has bagged its global theatrical rights, decided to cash in on the Pawan mania and teamed up with IDream Media to distribute the film in the key international markets. They have released the film in 184 screens in the U.S., 18 screens in Canada, 1 screen in Mexico, 18 screens in the U.K. and 37 screens in the U.A.E.
Makers also held paid preview shows for "Sardar Gabbar Singh" in over 125 locations across the North America. Idlebrain Jeevi tweeted, "#SardaarGabbarSingh 184 locations in USA alone. 300+ premiere shows. 60 shows sold out."
The distributors made the ticket booking available for the premiere shows well in advance. Though the ticket price was increased to $25 in some locations, the movie registered decent amount of booking and the film ran to packed houses in several centres in the premiere shows.
The makers are yet to reveal the figures of its collection in the premiere shows. But if we are to go by the early estimates, "Sardar Gabbar Singh" has collected approximately $ 416k from 119 locations at the U.S. box office in the preview shows Thursday night. Midwest Movies tweeted, "#SardaarGabbarSingh as of now $416,457 and easily pass the non baahubali highest."
The final total of "Sardar Gabbar Singh" is likely to cross $600k at the U.S. box office in the premiere shows. iMoviesUSA tweeted, "After initial blast #SardaarGabbarSingh slows down to be at $416K from 130 locs.Will probably end up btw $600-$650K."
"Sardaar Gabbar Singh" has become the highest grosser for Pawan Kalyan, beating the record of "Attarintiki Daredi," which collected $345,000 at the U.S. box office in the preview shows. The film has also shattered the records of superstar Mahesh Babu's "Sreemanthudu" and "Aagadu," which grossed $555K and $533K, respectively from the premieres in the country.
However, "Sardaar Gabbar Singh" may not beat the record of "Bahubali: the Beginning." The SS Rajamouli-directed film grossed $1,010,550 from the premiere shows in the U.S. The Prabhas starrer is not just become the highest grossing Telugu film, but also holds the record in terms of al Indian language film. The Bobby-directed action entertainer is expected to perform much better on its opening day.