Superstar Mahesh Babu's latest outing Aagadu has received superb opening and made fantastic collection at the USA Box Office in the first weekend. The Srinu Vaitla-directed film has topped the business chart in America, beating Bollywood movies like Khoobsurat and Daawat-e-Ishq. But it has failed to beat the first weekend record of Attarintiki Daredi, which is the all-time highest grosser Telugu movie.
Aagadu, which set a new record by releasing in 159 screens in America, was expected to smash all the previous records of Tollywood. The movie started on an earth-shattering note on its opening day, but its business went down considerably on the following days. It has collected Rs 8.44 crores ($ 1,387,355) from 130 screens at the USA Box Office in the first weekend.
Mahesh Babu's 2013 Sankranti release Seethamma Vakitlo Sirimalle Chettu (SVSC), which had collected $ 12,62,100 [Rs. 6.87 crores] on 69 screens at the USA Box Office, has been his highest grosser in opening weekend. Despite releasing in 105 screens in the country, his 2014 Sankranti release 1: Nenokkadine raked in Rs 5.82 crores ($ 946,552) and failed to beat the record of SVSC. Though his latest outing has beaten this record, while considering its screen count, its per-screen average is very low.
However, Attarintiki Daredi has been all time highest grosser Telugu in the opening weekend. The Pawan Kalyan starrer film has collected Rs 9.53 crores ($ 15,22,734) from 94 screens at the USA Box Office. Since Aagadu released in more number of screens than the former, the Mahesh Babu Starrer was expected to smash this record, but it has fallen short of beating Attarintiki Daredi with a big margin.