Mahesh Babu in Maharshi
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Mahesh Babu's Maharshi has made decent collection at Andhra Pradesh and Telangana (AP/TS) box office in the first weekend. It has recovered 64.67 percent of the distributors' investment in four days.

Amidst hype and promotions, the Vamshi Paidipally-directed movie was released in a record number of screens across the Telugu states on Thursday. Having huge advance booking, Maharshi opened to an overwhelming response everywhere and collected Rs 34 crore gross at the AP/TS box office on the first day. The movie earned Rs 24.62 crore for its distributors on the opening day.

Maharshi received mixed response and trade analysts predicted that the word of mouth might take a toll on its business on the following days. On the other hand, the movie had fewer numbers of shows on Friday, when compared to its opening day, which had a large number of early morning premieres across both the states. Hence, its collection was expected to dip considerably.

As predicted, the Mahesh Babu and Pooja Hegde starrer witnessed approximately 67.71 percent decline in its business on Friday. But Maharshi showed some amount growth on Saturday, with its business going up by 3.73%, when compared to its Friday collections. The Dil Raju-produced movie furthered witnessed a small amount of improvement on Sunday too.

Maharshi has collected approximately Rs 67.84 crore gross at the AP/TS box offie in the four-day-extended first weekend. Its day-wise breakup is Rs 34 crore gross on Thursday, Rs 10.97 crore gross on Friday, Rs 11.38 crore gross on Saturday, Rs 11.49 crore on Sunday.

Maharshi has been made with a whopping budget of Rs 100 crore and it has fetched Rs 76 crore for its producers from the sale of its theatrical rights for the Telugu states. The movie has earned Rs 49.15 crore for its AP/TS distributors in two days and recovered 64.67 percent of their investments.

Here are the details of the day and area-wise earnings and the price of theatrical rights of Maharshi. These numbers are based on various sources and they may not match with actual ones. All the figures are in Rs and crore.

Area Day 1 Day 2 Day 3 Day 4 Total Rights Recovery (%)
Nizam 6.38 3.29 3.47  3.47 16.61 24.00 69.20
Ceded 2.89 1.12 1.31 1.17  6.49 12.60 51.50
Vizag 2.88 1.05 1.10 1.10 6.13 9.60 63.85
G East 3.20 0.60 0.59 0.53 4.92 7.20 68.33
G West 2.46 0.44 0.41 0.42 3.73 6.00 62.16
Krishna 1.39 0.73 0.66 0.83 3.62 6.00 60.33
Guntur 4.40 0.49 0.46  0.55 5.90 7.70 76.62
Nellore 1.01 0.24  0.24 0.26 1.75 2.90 60.34
AP/TS Total 24.62 7.95  8.25 8.33  49.15 76.00 64.67