Mahesh Babu's latest outing "Srimanthudu" got a stupendous opening at ticket counters, enabling it to collect about Rs 75 crore gross at the worldwide box office in its first weekend.
"Srimanthudu" is a family entertainer interspersed with all the commercial elements; it was released worldwide on 7 August. It has also been dubbed in Tamil as "Selvandhan" and released along with its original version. The film is one of the most hyped and highly promoted South Indian movies of 2015.
The Koratala Siva-directed film recorded around 70% advance booking a day before its release.
In the US, "Srimanthudu" was premiered in 117 halls on Thursday, resulting in a collection of about $532000 from the shows.
Both "Srimanthudu" and "Selvandhan" were released in around 2,500 screens in Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and in other parts worldwide on Friday. The makers held benefit shows in several centres in the wee hours of the day. The movie debuted with an overwhelming response everywhere.
The strong word-of-mouth took its business upwards in its regular shows on its opening day. "Srimanthudu" and "Selvandhan" ran to packed houses in most of the cinema halls. They registered an average of 90% occupancy in both single screen halls and multiplexes around the world on the first day.
Both the versions of "Srimanthudu" are estimated to have collected about Rs 30 crore on Friday, Rs 20 crore on Saturday and Rs 25 crore on Sunday. The movie grossed Rs 75 crore at the worldwide box office in its first weekend.
The movie has broken the records of all blockbuster Telugu movies, except the recently released "Baahubali - the Beginning".
"Srimanthudu" collected Rs 26.37 crore nett at the Andhra Pradesh and Telangana box office in its opening weekend, breaking records of all Telugu movies other than "Baahubali - the Beginning". Here is the estimated area and day-wise collection of "Srimanthudu", according to Andhra Box Office.
|Area||Day 1||Day 2||Day 3||3-Day Total|
|Nizam||Rs 5.09 cr||Rs 2.21 cr||Rs 2.21 cr||Rs 9.51 cr|
|Ceeded||Rs 2.11 cr||Rs 1.17 cr||Rs 1.17 cr||Rs 4.45 cr|
|Vizag||Rs 84 lakh||Rs 54 lakh||Rs 54 lakh||Rs 1.92 cr|
|G East||Rs 1.51 cr||Rs 54 lakh||Rs 56 lakh||Rs 2.61 cr|
|G West||Rs 1.70 cr||Rs 32 lakh||Rs 36.50 lakh||Rs 2.39 cr|
|Krishna||Rs 1 cr||Rs 42 lakh||Rs 49 lakh||Rs 1.91 cr|
|Guntur||Rs 1.68 cr||Rs 47 lakh||Rs 54 lakh||Rs 2.69 cr|
|Nellore||Rs 51 lakh||Rs 18 lakh||Rs 20 lakh||Rs 89 lakh|
|Total||Rs 14.45 cr||Rs 5.85 cr||Rs 6.07 cr||Rs 26.37 cr|