When buyers invested exorbitant sums for the theatrical rights of Pawan Kalyan's "Agnyaathavaasi", they were confident of PK-Trivikram combo and the lucrative Sankranthi festival season. They thought that collections will be very good in the first week, and land them almost in safe zone irrespective of the talk. But, they have received a huge shock as the film reportedly took a nosedive on the second day itself.
Going by trade reports, after collecting non-Baahubali 2 record 40 Cr share worldwide on the first day, Agnyaathavaasi has witnessed huge drop in collections in the morning and matinee shows today. Generally, collections remain low before the festival but buyers thought PK-Trivikram combo is an exceptional case. However, giving a massive shock to them, the collections today are reportedly very ordinary, both because of pre-festival effect and below par talk. Even hardcore fans of Pawan are staying away from theatres.
Tomorrow, two biggies - Balakrishna's "Jai Simha" and Suriya's "Gang" are getting release. If at least one of them receives good talk, it would be a further blow to Agnyaathavaasi and its buyers who are still optimistic of a surge in collections in the next couple of days.
Agnyaathavaasi needs to recover another 85 Cr for break even, so if the film doesn't hold its ground, it would be a repeat of Mahesh babu's "SPYder" scenario.