The Allu Arjun film Duvvada Jagannadham, also starring Pooja Hegde collected Rs 24 crore on day 1, and raced past Salman Khan’s Tubelight. This is unprecedented as Salman always ruled the box office during Eid. Not just that, while DJ is set for a good weekend collection, Tubelight might be affected by the negative reviews that have poured in so far.
Allu Arjun’s film released along with Tubelight on June 23 and has done quite well for itself. It has collected Rs 18.5 crore in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana alone. The national gross collection is Rs 24 crore. This makes it the biggest opening of Allu Arjun’s career. On the other hand, Salman Khan’s film Tubelight, which also released on the same day has collected only Rs 21. 15 crores.
Not just moolah wise, but Allu Arjun’s movie has also received decent reviews from the critics, as against Kabir Khan’s Tubelight which has received abysmal reviews across the country. Tubelight, which was expected to be magical like the director-actor duo’s previous collaboration Bajrangi Bhaijaan failed to capture the audience’s heart. The film came across as juvenile and Salman Khan as trying too hard.
Allu Arjun on the other hand cashed in on the expectations of his fans who expected him to deliver a straight commercial movie that would entertain them. He delivered the same, and this film has only managed to increase the star’s stature box office wise. A 65 percent increase in collection is not small. The film, according to local media reports is set to do well in its opening weekend.
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Allu Arjun, who has a big fan base in Kerala is looking forward to his film’s release in the state on June 30. This will add to the film’s initial collections. Salman Khan’s film is not far behind, and depending on the weekend collection, the film can regain its footing.