Amidst the fervor of Navratri, the clash between two prominent Tollywood films captivated audiences, with Nandamuri Balakrishna’s Bhagavanth Kesari emerging as the frontrunner in terms of collections. However, the bigger picture reveals an underwhelming performance in its 26-day theatrical run. Let’s delve into the global box office standing of this film post-Navratri.
Earlier this year, Sankranti witnessed a fierce competition between Balayya’s Veera Simha Reddy and the Chiranjeevi-Ravi Teja starrer Waltair Veerayya. While Balakrisna’s film faced defeat then, the recent battle had the veteran Tollywood star clashing with Teja’s Tiger Nageswara Rao, resulting in a lack of impact for the Mass Maharaja.
Despite the festive backdrop of Navratri and Dussehra, Bhagavanth Kesari failed to meet expectations. Despite an initial impressive start of over 16 crores, the film experienced a significant drop of over 50% the following day, failing to sustain high numbers. Although its collection outperformed Tiger Nageswara Rao, the overall figures could have been better considering the holiday season.
The latest update reports Bhagavanth Kesari’s earnings at 85 crores net at the Indian box office after 26 days, equating to 100.30 crores gross. Despite Nandamuri Balakrishna’s recent successes, the film falls short of the 100 crore net collection mark, with daily numbers dropping below the 1 crore mark.
On the international front, Bhagavanth Kesari is an average grosser, accumulating just 15 crores gross overseas. The combined overseas and Indian gross brings the worldwide box office collection to 115.30 crores gross.
While the film had the potential to surpass Veera Simha Reddy’s 131 crores gross and become Balakrishna’s highest-grossing film, it lags behind by a margin of 15.70 crores gross. Currently, Bhagavanth Kesari holds the position of the second highest-grossing film in Balayya’s career, surpassing Akhanda’s 105 crores gross. Notably, it marks his third consecutive century at the global box office.
Released on 19th October under the direction of Anil Ravipudi, Bhagavanth Kesari received mixed reviews from both critics and audiences. Despite the diverse opinions, fans of Balayya’s commercial potboilers described it as a rollercoaster ride.