The trend of re-releases is picking up steam in South India as another blockbuster hits theaters again. This time, it is the megastar Chiranjeevi, who is coming to entertain his audience with his big hit, Shankar Dada MBBS. Lately, not many re-releases have worked at the box office, so let’s find out how this biggie has fared so far and pre-book on day one!
Directed by Jayanth C. Paranjee, the film is the official Telugu remake of Rajkumar Hirani’s Munna Bhai MBBS starring Sanjay Dutt. It was released just a year after Hirani’s film and also starred Sonali Bendre, Srikanth, Girish Karnad, and Paresh Rawal. Upon its release, the film received a positive response from critics and was a huge success at the Indian box office.
We often see an actor’s old films being re-released during his birthdays, but here, there is no such event. Maybe that’s why the pre-booking response has been average so far. Scheduled to hit select theaters tomorrow in Telugu speaking states, the film has collected so far 23 lakhs gross for day 1, including the sale of approximately 18,000 tickets (excluding blocked seats).
Although a huge figure is not expected yet, the advance booking so far is not up to the mark for Shankar Dada MBBS. It seems that fans only want to watch re-releases of their favorite stars if there is a specialaly·a······ve»d)ed that the fans will see the re-releases of their favorite stars.
Going by the current pace, the pre-booking on day 1 of the re-release of Shankar Dada MBBS is expected to remain below. 40 lakhs gross. It will be interesting to see how the film performs in the over-the-counter ticket sales.
Meanwhile, Chiranjeevi was last seen in Shankar’s Bhola, which was the official Telugu remake of Ajith Kumar’s Vedalam. When it was released in August this year, the film opened to negative critics, and even the audience showed no interest in watching another remake by the megastar. It fared miserably at the Indian box office, ending its disastrous run below the 40 crore mark.
Before Bhola Shankar, Chiru scored success with Waltair Veerayya, which also starred Ravi Teja. Despite clashing with Nandamuri Balakrishna’s Veera Simha Reddy, the film emerged as a huge success and earned well 150 hearts in India.
Note: Box office numbers are based on estimates and various sources. The numbers have not been independently verified by Koimoi.
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