Hyderabad, October 5 - Megastar Chiranjeevi and Salman Khan's Godfather
has taken a very good opening at the box office despite the direct competition with Nagarjuna Akkineni's The Ghost
Directed by Mohan Raja, the political action thriller film scored an estimated 20-35 crores gross in both Telugu and Hindi languages. Chiranjeevi's last film Acharya
had opened to approx. 43 crores gross but it had no competition.
"Godfather" grossed approx. 10.50 crores worth share collection in the Telugu states on the first day. It has been valued at approx. 90 crores worldwide and will need to hold well for at least two weeks to achieve the break even. Unlike "Acharya", the reviews and audience word of the mouth are positive for "Godfather" and this should help it achieve its target.
Meanwhile, the Hindi version of the film has underperformed, which was very much expected. As per the early estimates, "Godfather" has minted approx. 80 lakh net in Hindi. The lack of promotion in Hindi and the film being a remake have probably played a part in less footfall for the Hindi version.
On the other hand, Nagarjuna Akkineni's "The Ghost" takes a decent start considering the clash with "Godfather". Going by the early estimates, the action thriller film has grossed approx. 4-4.50 crores on the first day, including approx. 2 crores share. The movie will need to do extremely well to achieve break-even as the reviews are mixed for the film.