Despite not receiving as extensive a release as other Sankranti releases, HanuMan gained momentum in the Telugu states due to terrific word of mouth, ultimately dominating the box office.
Director Prasanth Varma's latest superhero movie, HanuMan, has emerged as a massive hit at the box office, exceeding the expectations of audiences and trade experts. Prasanth expressed his gratitude on Monday, confirming that the film has crossed Rs 300 crore globally within 25 days of its release.
"Can't thank the audience more for such a humongous response all over the globe! Grateful to every family who embraced #HanuMan with all their heart & watched it in repeats," said Prasanth.
Despite not receiving as extensive a release as other Sankranti releases, including Mahesh Babu's Guntur Kaaram and Naa Saami Ranga featuring Nagarjuna Akkineni, HanuMan gained momentum in the Telugu states due to terrific word of mouth, ultimately dominating the box office.
Guntur Kaaram faced poor reviews from critics and failed to resonate with audiences, contributing to increased ticket sales for HanuMan. Written and directed by Trivikram Srinivas, Guntur Kaaram initially took a significant opening worldwide. However, its collections witnessed a steep decline from the second day, while the demand for HanuMan soared. Additionally, HanuMan successfully attracted audiences in the Hindi-speaking states.
Its performance was on par with Bollywood superstar Hrithik Roshan's latest film, Fighter, released on January 25, targeting the Republic Day holiday. The lacklustre opening response to Fighter seemingly contributed to the continued success of HanuMan among cinema patrons in the Hindi states. The film also broke several collection records in North America, which is traditionally considered a strong market for Telugu movies.
Starring Teja Sajja, Amritha Aiyer, Varalaxmi Sarathkumar, and Vinay Rai, HanuMan has become the biggest success story of this Sankranti holiday.
According to reports, HanuMan has become one of the highest-grossing films in the history of Telugu cinema. The film's commercial success is nothing short of phenomenal, considering it was made on a budget of less than Rs 30 crore.
Amid the tremendous success of HanuMan, Prasanth will begin working on the movie's sequel, titled Jai Hanuman. While the movie is yet to go on the floors, the producers have planned to release the sequel in 2025.