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Raghavendra Stores box office: Hombale Films release off to a slow but encouraging start

Jaggesh and Shwetha Srivatsav star in the comedy-drama directed by Santhosh Ananddram

Raghavendra Stores box office: Hombale Films release off to a slow but encouraging start
Jaggesh in the 'Raghavendra Stores' poster

Last Updated: 08.02 PM, Apr 29, 2023


Santhosh Ananddram and Hombale Films reunited for the third time for the comedy-drama Raghavendra Stores. The film stars Jaggesh and Shwetha Srivatsav as the lead pair with Achyuth Kumar, Dattanna, Ravishankar Gowda, Mithra, and others, too, part of the cast. Jaggesh plays Hayavadana in the film, a 40-year-old bachelor, and the crux of the story is the character's amusing efforts to find his significant other. 

Raghavendra Stores released in theatres on April 28 and clashed with two other big releases at the box office, in the form of Ponniyin Selvan 2 and the Akhil Akkineni starrer Agent. A stiff challenge for the Kannada film, no doubt, but one hoped that the encouraging reviews would help Santhosh Ananddram & Co. in their pursuits.

According to the latest box office reports, Raghavendra Stores has managed to collect close to Rs. 0.40 crores on Day #1 of its theatrical run. The tough competition offered by the other two releases could be one of the main reasons for the slow start but the same trade reports also inform that the Jaggesh starrer gained momentum during the course of the day. As a result, the second-day turnout is said to have fairly improved and one can expect the box office figures to reflect the same.

Another factor in consideration as far as Raghavendra Stores is concerned is its limited release. With the film largely restricted to the heartland of Karnataka, the box office collections cannot be expected to be on par with the other two releases. And speaking of them, trade reports reveal that Ponniyin Selvan 2 has gotten off to a great start by collecting close to Rs. 30 crores at the domestic box office (Day #1) and the second day exploits, too, are likely to be similar. The Telugu release of the week, Agent, which stars Akhil Akkineni and Mammootty, earned close to Rs. 6.0 crores (net) on the first day but the negative reviews seem to be impacting its box office run.

All three movies, regardless, would look to make the best use of the extended Labour Day weekend. 

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