F2 - Fun and Frustration has made a brilliant collection at the US box office in the first weekend and its per-screen average is much bigger than Vinaya Vidheya Rama (VVR) and NTR: Kathanayakudu.
F2 - Fun and Frustration looked smaller than other two Sankranti releases in terms of star power, screen count, budget and the hype and curiosity generated its promos. Moreover, the film hit the screens days after Vinaya Vidheya Rama and NTR: Kathanayakudu hit the screens. Hence, many in the film industry were not very much confident about its success and they were busy talking about other big releases.
The Venkatesh and Varun Tej starrer started with a bang at the premiere shows in the US on Friday and word of mouth boosted its collection on the following days. F2 - Fun and Frustration has collected $926,566 at the US box office in the two-day first weekend and its per-screen average is much bigger than that of other two new releases.
F2 - Fun and Frustration is set to cross $1 million mark at the US box office. Jeevi tweeted, "#F2 collects $271,784 on Sunday from 111 USA locations on Sunday with per location average of $2,449. Total gross is $926,566. It will cross $1 Million today! Superb! @AnilRavipudi who has done mass entertainers so far has done a family entertainer F2. This is the result! "
On the other hand, the two other big-ticket films had huge hype and expectations, but they have bombed at the US box office. NTR: Kathanayakudu opened to an earth-shattering response in the premiere shows, but dropped considerably on the following days. Vinaya Vidheya Rama started on an average note and a negative word of mouth took a toll on its collection on the following days.
NTR Kathanayakudu has collected $862,793 at the box office in the five-day-extend first weekend and it is set to cross $1 million mark. Jeevi tweeted, "#NTRKathaNayakudu collects $47,332 from 150 locations in USA on Sunday with per location average of $316. Total gross is $862,793 ."
Vinaya Vidheya Rama has collected $241,721 at the US box office in the first weekend. Its pace shows that the movie will incur huge losses to its distributors in the country.
Jeevi tweeted, "#VinayaVidheyaRama collects $8,140 from 76 USA locations with per location avg of $107. Total gross is $241,721. Highly disappointing result due to its content and genre. And is being ignored as other 3 Sankranthi releases are having better content for USA Telugu film buffs! "