Sankalp Reddy's Antariksham 9000 KMPH (Anthariksham) has made a poor collection at the worldwide box office in the first weekend and become the next disaster for Varun Tej after Loafer and Mister.
Varun Tej's career graph has gone up with each of his experimental movies. His film Antariksham is another such film, which is a sci-fi space thriller film that is rarely explored in Tollywood. Its promos had grabbed many eyeballs and generated a lot of hype and curiosity about the film. Trade experts had predicted that it would be another landmark film for him as well as Telugu cinema.
But the Varun Tej starrer faced a big threat in the form of new releases like Zero, KGF and Padi Padi Leche Manasu, due to which it did not get enough number of cinema halls. Hence, Antariksham went on to make an average collection of Rs 4.2 crore gross at the worldwide box office on the first day. Despite having huge hype, the movie failed to beat the records of Varun Tej's recent releases.
The Sankalp Reddy-directed space thriller garnered better talk from the viewers, when compared to other new releases and the word of mouth was expected to boost its collection over the weekend. But surprisingly, Antariksham showed steep decline in its collection on Saturday and Sunday.
Antariksham has collected around Rs 9.50 crore gross at the worldwide box office in the first weekend. Its collection is lower than that of Varun Tej's disaster movies like Loafer and Mister. The film has earned Rs 3.70 crore for its distributors, who have shelled out a hefty sum of Rs 21 crore. It has recovered just 20 percent of their investments in three days. It is likely to incur losses to them.
Antariksham 9000 KMPH starring Varun Tej, Aditi Rao Hydari and Lavanya Tripathi, is produced by Rajeev Reddy under the banner First Frame Entertainments. The producer has spent over Rs 20 crore on its production and promotion. It must be seen whether he will compensate the distributors' losses.