Jr NTR's Jai Lava Kusa (JLK) has made a brilliant collection at the US box office in the premiere shows on Wednesday and shattered the business records of Janatha Garage.
Jr NTR has a huge fanbase in North America and the huge success of his previous releases is proof for it. The promos of Jai Lava Kusa had generated a lot of curiosity among the viewers in the country, who were eagerly waiting for its release. US Telugu Movie LLC, which acquired the overseas theatrical rights for Rs 8.50 crore, has released it in 190 screens in the US and 162 screens in other foreign markets.
Jai Lava Kusa was premiered in 189 locations across North America on Wednesday and the movie had received a massive amount of advance booking. Hours before its preview shows began in the country, Ramesh Bala, an observer of South Indian film industry, tweeted: " #JaiLavaKusa - $275,000 in Pre-sales as of 12 Noon EST - Wed Sep 20th at the #USA Box office.. Going great guns.. [sic]"
Its premiere shows are completed everywhere in the country and the distributors are yet to reveal the official collection figures. Jai Lava Kusa has collected $589,000 at the US box office in the premiere.
Jai Lava Kusa become the biggest opener for Jr NTR, beating the record of Janatha Garage, which minted $584,000 at the US box office in the premiere.
Telugu film critic and trade expert Idlebrain Jeevi tweeted: "#JaiLavaKusa becomes biggest premiere film for NTR by collecting $589k. #JanathaGarage was $584k ."
Jai Lava Kusa has become the third biggest Tollywood opener at the US box office in 2017 after Chiranjeevi's Khaidi No 150 ($1.29 million) Baahubali 2 ($3.50 million).
Jai Lava Kusa has also become the fifth all time highest grossing Telugu movie at the US box office. Here is the list of top 10 highest grossers in the premiere shows in North America.
|3||Khaidi No 150||2017||$1,295,613|
|4||Sardaar Gabbar Singh||2016||$616,000|
|5||Jai Lava Kusa||2017||$589,000|