Superstar Salman Khan's Bollywood film "Sultan" has taken a toll on the collection of the Telugu movies "A...Aa" and "Gentleman" as it stormed the U.S. box office in its opening weekend.
"A...Aa" and "Gentleman" had been holding a decent number of cinema halls across North America for the last few weeks. They did good business at the U.S. box office for over 20 days. The Hindi movie "Sultan," which was hyped a lot, forced out the Telugu movies from a large number of screens and also became the first choice for many viewers there.
The Nani, Surabhi, and Niveda Thomas-starrer had collected $45,763 from 26 screens in its third weekend. When compared to these numbers, "Gentleman" witnessed a drop of over 80 percent and collected $7,710 from nine screens at the U.S. box office in its fourth weekend. Its 24-day U.S. gross total has reached $897,001 (Rs. 6.03 crore).
The Nithin and Samantha-starrer had collected $5,152 from seven screens in the country in its fifth weekend. "A...Aa" showed a fall of over 60 percent and collected $2,232 from four screens at the U.S. box office in its sixth weekend. Its 39-day U.S. total collection has reached $2,445,842 (Rs. 16.44 crore).
The Salman Khan and Anushka Sharma-starrer has taken the U.S. box office by storm. "Sultan" has collected $2,722,731 (Rs. 18.3 crore) from 283 screens at the U.S. box office in the first weekend. The Bollywood movie has topped the U.S. business chart for Indian movies this weekend, while "Gentleman" and "A...Aa" landed at the third and fourth place, respectively.
The makers and distributors of "Gentleman" and "A...Aa" had hoped that they would surpass the $1 million and $2.5 million mark, respectively, at the U.S. box office. With their present pace of business, both the movies will not be able to cross the marks in their life time.