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Box office: Vijay Deverakonda's Dear Comrade collects over Rs30 crore in first weekend

Despite drop in numbers on second and third day, trade pundits believe that the film is a safe bet and will comfortably earn profits for the makers.

Haricharan Pudipeddi

Vijay Deverakonda’s Dear Comrade, which had a wide release in over 2000 theatres worldwide in Telugu, Tamil, Kannada and Malayalam, approximately collected over Rs30 crore it its first weekend, according to reliable trade pundits.

Dear Comrade grossed Rs18.3 crore from Telugu states Andhra Pradesh and Telangana in first three days since its release. From Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and rest of India, the film grossed an additional Rs6 crore, making it the biggest opening for Deverakonda thus far in his career.  

In the US, thanks to the excellent pre-release buzz, the film has already grossed over $600,000 (Rs4 crore approximately) and still counting. 

In its first week, trade pundits believe that the film will gross around Rs50 crore. The film might not be as big a hit as Geetha Govindam and Taxiwaala. However, it will still end up as a decent grosser at the box-office, courtesy brand Vijay Deverakonda and terrific music by Justin Prabhakaran. 

Produced by Mythri Movie Makers and Big Ben Cinema, the film is the directorial debut of Bharat Kamma, an erstwhile assistant of Chandrasekhar Yeleti.

Dear Comrade also stars Rashmika Mandanna as the leading lady. While she plays a state-level cricket player, Deverakonda essays the role of a student leader with serious anger issues.

When the film was launched last year, many speculated that Deverakonda will play a communist leader. However, in an interview, Kamma had said, “A lot of people have been asking me if this story touches upon communism, and I’d like to clarify, it doesn’t. However, Vijay plays a student leader and he follows the philosophies of communism in his actions. He hails from a communist family. Comrade also means companion and that’s the context of the title.”