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Mahesh Babu proves he's the USA 'Sarkar' with Sarkaru Vaari Paata's opening; film opens well in Australia too

Sarkaru Vaari Paata is the 11th film of Mahesh Babu career to gross $ 1 million in the US

  • Srivathsan Nadadhur

Last Updated: 05.52 AM, May 13, 2022

Mahesh Babu proves he's the USA 'Sarkar' with Sarkaru Vaari Paata's opening; film opens well in Australia too
Mahesh Babu

If there's one strength area in Mahesh Babu's career that no other South Indian star can match, it is his box-office pull in USA - his records remain unparalleled in the region and Sarkaru Vaari Paata yet again proves it. As per latest reports, Sarkaru Vaari Paata has grossed a little more than $1.2 million in the US from its premiere day collections and day 1 put together and the number is expected to be bigger as the day progresses and we receive official figures. 

With Sarkaru Vaari Paata, Mahesh Babu is now the only South Indian star to have over 11 movies that collected $1 million at the USA box office. The star's other movies that have managed a similar feat include Bharath Ane Nenu, Srimanthudu, Brahmotsavam, 1: Nenokkadine, Dookudu, Spyder, Aagadu, Maharshi, Seethamma Vakitlo Sirimalle Chettu and Sarileru Neekevvaru. It's important to note that though some of the above mentioned films didn't fare well in terms of the overall box office collections, still the USA audience have been loyal fans of Mahesh Babu.

The other stars apart from Mahesh Babu to have had movies making $1 million in the US consistently, are Jr NTR (6 films), Pawan Kalyan (6 films), Nani (6 films), Allu Arjun (5 films), Prabhas (4 films), Ram Charan (3 films), Vijay Deverakonda (3 films) and Varun Tej (3 films). 

Meanwhile, Sarkaru Vaari Paata has taken a decent start in Australia. In over 75 locations from day one, the action entertainer managed to earn A$160,284 (Rs 85.2 lakh) in Australia, while collecting NZ$10,376 (Rs 5 lakhs) in 15 locations in New Zealand (strictly okayish numbers). As per early estimates till the afternoon of the day, the film has grossed A$58K in Australia on day two. Given the absence of any major competition (excepting Jayeshbhai Jordaar - which is clearly lacking any buzz), Sarkaru Vaari.. should perform well in these markets.

Earlier today, the makers revealed that the film made around Rs 36 crore on day one in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana. Does the film have the legs to sustain this momentum throughout the first weekend? We'll know shortly. Written and directed by Parasuram Petla, Sarkaru Vaari Paata features Keerthy Suresh as the female lead and is jointly produced by GMB Entertainment, Mythri Movie Makers and 14 Reels Plus.