Stylish Star Allu Arjun's "Sarainodu" (also spelt "Sarrainodu") was rock-steady at the U.S. box office on Saturday, taking its two-day collection beyond the half-million-dollar mark.
The distributors of "Sarainodu" organised premiere shows in several locations across North America on Thursday night. The film opened to good response and collected approximately $190,796 at the U.S. box office in the premiere shows. It broke the record of Bunny's "Race Gurram" ($102,782) and became the biggest opener for the actor after "S/o Satyamurthy" ($347,267).
The Boyapati Srinu-directed action thriller received mixed response from the audience in the country. Trade analysts predicted the word of mouth might take a toll on its business on its opening day. But surprisingly, "Sarainodu" managed to do well at the ticket counters in the country.
"Sarainodu" collected $192,613 from 160 screens at the U.S. box office on the first day. The film smashed the opening day record of "S/o Satyamurthy" ($136,168), but failed break the benchmark of "Race Gurram" ($205,823). Taran Adarsh tweeted: "Telugu film #Sarrainodu maintains the SPEED. Debuts at No 15 in USA. Thu pre $ 190,796, Fri $ 192,613. Total: $ 383,409 [â‚¹ 2.56 cr] @Rentrak. [sic]"
The Allu Arjun and Rakul Preet Singh-starrer continued to do well on Saturday. Early trends showed "Sarainodu" collected $126,192 at the U.S. box office in the three shows on its second day, and its final figure was expected to cross cross the $200,000 mark. Midwest Movies tweeted: "#Sarrainodu Saturday hourly $126,192 expecting another good day As of now #Sarrainodu hits Half Million Mark and sets boyapati highest in NA. [sic]"
"Sarainodu" is estimated to have collected $509,601 at the U.S box office in two days, and this number is likely go up when the makers reveal the actual figures. The movie was expected to cross the $1-million mark in the country in its opening weekend. But early trends showed it would not be able to achieve the feat.