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Spyder box office: Mahesh Babu Tamil debut likely to earn $1 million before India release

Mahesh Babu Tamil debut Spyder opens to a terrific response at the US box office.

regional movies Updated: Sep 27, 2017 11:38 IST
Can Mahesh Babu’s Spyder recoup its budget of Rs 125 crore at the box office?
Can Mahesh Babu’s Spyder recoup its budget of Rs 125 crore at the box office?

In India, the critics and the audience will announce their verdict on Tuesday about Mahesh Babu’s Tamil debut, Spyder, but the film has already started earning money at the box office. The spy thriller directed by AR Murugadoss has already grossed almost $1 million within 24 hours at the US box office, according to estimates. It comes to Rs 6.5 crore and misses the record set by SS Rajamouli’s Baahubali 2 by a whisker (the Prabhas-starrer earned $1.07 million).

It also proves that Mahesh, who confessed that he was having “sleepless nights” before his film’s release, can sleep easy. “I’ve been having sleepless nights. I’m nervous, but at the same time excited. ‘Spyder’ is my debut in Tamil and I feel like a debutant despite being an actor for 18 years,” the Srimanthudu star told IANS earlier.

In the US where Tuesday is considered a slow movie day, Spyder opened in 300 theatres and earned more than $600,000 in advance booking, according to a Forbes report. The report goes on to say that the film will earn over $1 million by the end of the day.

Mahesh has a strong base in the US and his last release, Srimanthudu, earned $2.9 million in the US. This is the first time Murugadoss and Mahesh are working together and the film’s budget is a massive $19 million (Rs. 125 crore). However, presale figures indicate that it will likely top the $11.7 million (Rs. 75 crore) worldwide opening weekend and $31 million (Rs. 200 crore) final global tally earned by Srimanthudu.

Mahesh, meanwhile, will not call it a “James Bond kind of film”. He said, “I wouldn’t say it’s a typical James Bond kind of spy thriller. But, it’s got its elements. It is a typical A.R. Murugadoss film, where the audience would be sitting on the edge of their seat.”

Asked if he is nervous about how he will be received by Tamil audiences, Mahesh said: “They’ve given me a grand welcome already. The love and warmth they showed me for the audio launch in Chennai is proof of it.”