‘Love Story’ ranks 8th among Indian films with best opening after Covid-19


Love story, the Telugu-language film starring actors Sai Pallavi and Naga Chaitanya, written and directed by Sekhar Kammula, had the eighth-best opening among Indian films released since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, according to a report by India ticket office.

The film, which hit theaters on Friday, became a box office success and several Telangana theater owners have said Silverscreen India this Love story has managed to bring the crowds back to the big screens, especially the family audience and women. They also expressed hope that it would help revive the struggling movie industry.

According to India ticket office report, Love story collected nearly Rs 9 crore net on day one, the best opening for a movie since theaters reopened after the second wave of the pandemic. The report also adds that the film performed particularly well in Hyderabad and the surrounding area, where cinemas are allowed to operate at 100% capacity. Theater owners in Hyderabad had said earlier Silverscreen India that they saw around 70-90% occupancy in their premises.

India ticket officeThe list of the top 10 best performing movies since the pandemic consists entirely of films from South India. Hindi films are notably absent. The best Hindi opener to date is The lower end of the bell, with Akshay Kumar, whose first day net profit was less than Rs 3 crore.

The report also pointed out that for South Indian films day one openings are vital, unlike North Indian markets which depend on weekend collection through multiplex activities.

Pawan kalyan-starrer Vakeel Saab, which hit theaters in April, tops the list with an opening of Rs 37.5 crore. The list was also dominated by the Telugu industry, including films such as Uppena (4e place with Rs 12 crore), Krack (6e place with Rs 9.25 crore despite some starting problems), Love story (8e place with Rs 8.75 crore), and Red (tene place with Rs 7.25 crore).

Tamil movies, Vijay-starrer Master and Karnan starring Dhanush, took second and seventh places, collecting Rs 35 crore and Rs 9 crore respectively.

While Malayalam films failed to make the list as Kerala cinemas remain closed, Kannada films Robert (3rd place with Rs 12.5 crore), Pogaru (5e place with Rs 9.75 crore) and Yuvarathnaa (9e place with Rs 8 crore) made the list.

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