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Mahesh Babu’s Maharshi evolves into top Telugu grosser of 2019; Mr.Local brings in Rs.15 cr in opening weekend in TN

Mahesh Babu’s 25th film Maharshi have come forth as the top-grossing Telugu movie of 2019, besting the life time collection of Venkatesh, Varun Tej’s commercial potboiler F2 : Fun and Frustration which collected a world wide distributor share of above Rs.75 cr and proceeded to become the ninth highest-grossing movie ever in Tollywood.

Maharshi, which released on 9 May and stormed into the Rs.100 cr club within just 4 days, have edged past the Rs.140 cr mark in worldwide theatrical profits which is soon anticipated to touch the Rs.150 cr breakthrough worldwide. Overjoyed by the response to the film, Mahesh Babu took to his Instagram page and thanked and movie watchers for their support.

After carrying in an outstanding share of Rs.50 cr in the four-day opening weekend in Telugu states, the film, which stars Pooja Hegde as the female lead, in inching towards the Rs.70 crore share benchmark in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana. Maharshi have breached past the Rs.150 crore mark worldwide total and have become the second Rs.150 crore grosser for Mahesh Babu in his career, following his highest-grossing movie Bharat Ane Nenu. Whether or not Maharshi would surpass the lifetime total of Bharat Ane Nenu’s Rs.161 cr becomes obvious in the next few days.

The running worldwide distributor share of the film is pegged at Rs.90 cr. Maharshi marks Mahesh Babu’s second consecutive Rs 90 cr share project after Bharat Ane Nenu. Since the pre-release worldwide theatrical rights were good for a whopping Rs.95 cr , Maharshi will certainly enter the profit zone once the share gets to the Rs 95 cr mark worldwide.

Mahesh Babu will begin shooting for his 26th project once he comes back from his family vacation. Mahesh 26 will likely be directed by Anil Ravipudi who helmed F2: Fun and Frustration. The producers are targeting a Sankranti 2020 release for the film.

Kollywood buzz

Sivakarthikeyan and Nayanthara’s Mr.Local, which launched on 17 May, have raked in a poor opening weekend total of Rs 15.6 cr in TN. Directed by M.Rajesh and produced by KE Gnanavel Raja’s Studio Green, Mr.Local was panned by critics which is doing middling business at the ticket window in the state. Based on reliable sources in the trade, Mr.Local have fetch a distributor share of nearly Rs.29 cr in TN to achieve the break-even mark for all those the stakeholders. The project marks Sivakarthikeyan’s fifth-best opening weekend after Seema Raja, Velaikkaran, Remo and Rajini Murugan.

Mr.Local topped the Chennai city weekend box-office with a total of Rs 1 .94 cr ( 68+62+64 lakhs) in 3 days. SJ Suryah, Priya Bhavani Shankar’s ‘Monster’ which released alongside Mr.Local grossed a lot more than Rs.2 crore in its opening weekend in TN. ‘Monster’ turns out to be the slow pic Vishal’s holdover movie Ayogya, an official remake of Telugu blockbuster Temper, made a running total of Rs.10 cr in the state as well as the second-weekend gross of close to Rs 70 lakhs.

This week’s major release is Telugu film Sita, starring Bellamkonda Sreenivas and Kajal Aggarwal, directed by Teja is releasing today(24 May). The pre-release theatrical rights of the film are valued at close to Rs 18 crore.

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