Box office collection: ‘Gentleman’ tops AP/T business chart, beating ‘Oka Manasu’ this weekend. Pictured: Gentleman still.Twitter

Nani's "Gentleman" did great business at the U.S. box office on its first day, but failed to beat opening-day business record of his previous release "Bhale Bhale Magadivoi" (BBM).

"Gentleman" premiered in several centres across North America on Thursday night and received brilliant response everywhere. "Gentleman" collected $71,938 (Rs. 48.25 lakh) at the U.S. box office in the preview shows. The film shattered the records of "Bhale Bhale Magadivoi" ($70,132) and "Krishna Gaadi Veera Prema Gadha" (KVPG - $41,369).

The Mohan Krishna Indraganti-directed romantic thriller garnered positive talk from the U.S. audience and the word of mouth boosted its collections on the opening day. "Gentleman" collected $141,571 at the U.S. box office on the first day. Tollywood trade analyst Idlebrain Jeevi tweeted: "#Gentleman collects $141,571 on Friday to take total to $213,989. Pretty nice. @NameisNani [sic]"

Nani's 2015 release "Bhale Bhale Magadivoi" collected $164,459 at the U.S. box office on the first day. His 2016 release "Krishna Gaadi Veera Prema Gaadha" collected $103,214 at the U.S. box office on its opening day. Despite releasing in more screens, the movie failed to beat the record of "Bhale Bhale Magadivoi."

Taran Adarsh had tweeted on Sep. 5, 2015: "Telugu film #BhaleBhaleMagadivoi takes a SMASHING start in USA. Thu pre $ 70,132, Fri $ 164,459. Total: $ 234,591 [₹ 1.56 cr]. @RentrakIndia. [sic]" The trade analyst tweeted on Feb. 13: "Telugu film #KrishnagaadiVeeraPremaGaadha - USA: Thu $ 41,369, Fri $ 103,214. Total: $ 144,583 [₹ 98.50 lacs]. #KVPG @Rentrak [sic]"

"Gentleman" has smashed the opening-day record of "KGVPG" in the country, but has failed to do so with "Bhale Bhale Magadivoi." It remains to be seen whether it shatters the opening weekend records of these movies.