Tollywood actor Naga Chaitanya's latest movie Bangarraju, which hit the theatres on January 14, has opened to an impressive response in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana. According to reports, the supernatural drama had a thunderous opening at the box office, as it collected Rs 9.06 crore (share) and grossed Rs 12.90 crore in the Telugu states.
Given the pandemic scare and strict restrictions that have been imposed at places owing to the spike in COVID-19 cases, the box office figures look impressive. With no major releases in the upcoming week, the film is expected to weave magic at the box office. The film also featuring Nagarjuna Akkineni, Ramya Krishnan and Krithi Shetty in the lead roles was released on over 1200 screens worldwide.
Notably, Bangarraju has surpassed the opening day collection of Chaitanya's previous venture Love Story, which garnered close to Rs 7.13 crore (share) and grossed Rs 10.60 crore in the Telugu states.
Talking about Bangarraju's pre-release business, the theatrical rights (worldwide) of the film is valued at Rs 38.15 crore, which is said to be a career-best figure for both the leading men. The Naga Chaitanya-starrer did an impressive business of Rs 33.80 crore in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana.
Bangarraju Day 1 AP/TG Collections
Ceeded: Rs 1.74 crore
Uttar Andhra: Rs 1.24 crore
East: Rs 76 lakh
West: Rs 65 lakh
Guntur: Rs 89 lakh
Krishna: Rs 46 lakh
Nellore: Rs 34 lakh
AP-TG: Rs 8.11 crore(Rs 12.90 crore~ gross)
Bangarraju is helmed by Kalyan Krishna Kurasala, who co-wrote the entertainer with Satyanand. Backed by Nagarjuna's Annapurna Studios in association with Zee Studios, the film also has Rao Ramesh, Brahmaji, Vennela Kishore, Jhansi, Anitha Chowdhary, Rohini and Praveen in vital roles. The technical departments of the film are headed by cinematographer j Yuvaraj, editor Vijay Vardhan K and music composer Anup Rubens.
Speaking about the leading actors' upcoming projects, Naga Chaitanya will next be seen in Laal Singh Chaddha and Thank You. Nagarjuna, on the other hand, will appear in Brahmastra and The Ghost.