Vijay Devarakonda's Taxiwala (Taxiwaala) has registered bigger opening and made better collection than Ravi Teja's Amar Akbar Anthony (AAA) at the worldwide box office in the first weekend.
Taxiwala and Amar Akbar Anthony are among the much-talked-about Telugu movies of 2018. The two movies were slated to hit the screens on the same date and their clash had raised a lot of concerns over their opening day collection. Realizing the consequences, the makers of Taxiwala delayed its release by a day.
Amar Akbar Anthony was expected to bring back the fallen glory of Ravi Teja and Srinu Vaitla. The movie was released in 750 screens on November 16 and opened to an average response. The film went on to collect Rs 6.70 crore gross at the worldwide box office on the first day. Its collection is equal to that of Ravi Teja's flop film Nela Ticket, which also grossed Rs 6.70 crore on its opening day.
Director Srinu Vaitla failed to impress the viewers and critics for the third time in a row and the negative word of mouth took a toll on its collection on the following days. As per early estimates, Amar Akbar Anthony has collected Rs 12 crore gross at the worldwide box office in the first weekend. The film is estimated to have earned Rs 6 crore for its distributors, who spent Rs 22 crore on its theatrical rights.
On the other hand, Taxiwala hit the screens on November 17 and opened to decent response at the ticket counters. The movie collected Rs 10 crore at the worldwide box office on the first day. Though its business was not up to the mark of Vijay Devarakonda's recent release, but it was a good start for the film.
The Rahul Sankrityan-directed horror, sci-fi and comedy thriller opened to mixed talk, but most of the viewers were happy with his concept and its execution. The word of mouth boosted its collection on Sunday. Taxiwala has collected approximately Rs 15+ crore at the worldwide box office in first weekend. Its two-day business is bigger than the three-day collection of Amar Akbar Anthony.
Taxiwala is a small budget movie and its producers have distributed it the Telugu states. The makers have reportedly signed the deals on the sale of its theatrical rights before the release of Arjun Reddy. Since the rights were sold for low prices, the movie has have already earned profits to distributors in just two days.