Anushka Shetty's latest outing "Rudhramadevi" (Rudramadevi) has concluded the first week with brilliant collection at the worldwide box office and it has grossed Rs 55+ crore in seven days.
"Rudhramadevi" is a period movie, which was in production for two years and its release was postponed several times. Its promo had impressed the viewers. The huge hype and promotion helped the film register good advance booking before it hit the screens.
The Gunasekhar-directed historical film's premiere shows on Thursday and early morning shows on Friday received good response. The movie registered an average of 90% occupancy in the later shows on its opening day. It made superb collection at the worldwide box office on the first day and became the fourth biggest opener of 2015 after "Baahubali", "Srimanthudu" and "S/o Satyamurthy".
"Rudhramadevi" garnered mixed verdict from the critics and audience, who were upset with the dragging narration in the second half. The word of mouth took a toll on its collection by bringing it down by around 40% on Saturday. The movie showed some amount of business on Sunday.
The Anushka Shetty starrer grossed Rs 19.62 crore (Rs 25.10 crore share) in Telangana and Andhra Pradesh and Rs 14.02 crore (Rs 6.80 crore share) in other parts of the globe. "Rudhramadevi" grossed approximately Rs 39.12 crore at the worldwide box office in the first weekend. Its distributors' share stood Rs 26.42 crore.
When compared to its opening day collection, "Rudhramadevi" witnessed around 55% drop in its business on Monday and it remained rock steady on the following weekdays. As per early estimates, the movie has grossed Rs 18.50 crore at the worldwide box office on its weekdays. Its seven-day gross global total collection stands at Rs 57.62 crore.
"Rudhramadevi" has been made on a whopping budget of Rs 80 crore and its theatrical rights were sold for a fancy price of Rs 57 crore. The movie has been successful in returning over Rs 36 crore to its distributors in its opening week. But in its second week, the movie will clash with Ram Charan's "Bruce Lee - the Fighter". It remains to be seen whether the latter allows it to continue its dream run or not.