Mahesh Babu-starrer “Aagadu” collected Rs.9.5 crore on its opening day in domestic market, the Thursday premiere collections in the USA market show the film was the highest overseas grosser of the Telugu film industry with $581,000, surpassing the past record set by Pawan Kalyan’s “Attarintiki Daredi” at $345,000.
Mahesh Babu’s hits in the past created records, especially with “Pokiri”, “Dookudu”, “Seethamma Vakitlo Sirimalle Chettu” and “1 Nenokkadine” crossing the opening day’s $1 million collections in the US market.
While Andhraboxoffice reports that the opening day collections are around Rs.9.5 crore, which is more than recent big hits in Telugu like Jr NTR’s “Baadshah” with Rs.9.25 crore, still no Telugu film was able to cross the Rs.10 crore mark officially.
The tentative break up of domestic region-wise box office collections of “Aagadu” in Rs. are:
Nizam: 3.05 Crores
Ceded: 1.6 Crores
UA: 0.86 Crores
Guntur: 1.27 Crores
East: 0.95 Crores
West: 1.01 Crores
Krishna: 0.58 Crores
Nellore: 0.47 Crores
Last hit of Mahesh Babu “Seethamma Vakitlo Sirimalle Chettu” (SVSC) had created record in its first weekend of four days collecting in the US Rs 6.87 crore or $12,62,100 on 69 screens, with the per screen average working out to $ 18,291 for the first four days from Thursday to Sunday. It went to collect Rs.50 crore in 2 weeks.
Similarly, “Dookudu” in 2011 became the first Telugu film to reach Rs.100 crore, excluding the dubbed versions with the Los Angeles Times terming it as “The biggest hit you’ve never heard of”.
Even his 2014 psychological thriller “1: Nenokkadine” reached $1.225 million in its first weekend, and remained one of the best openings ever for an Indian film in the United States. Mahesh Babu’s other box office hits include the spiritual thriller, “Murari” (2001), the family thriller “Arjun” (2004), the action thrillers “Sainikudu” (2006), “Athithi” (2007), “Khaleja” (2010), “Businessman” (2012), and “SVSC” (2013).