'Baahubali' - India's Biggest Opener, Shatters Many Records

MUMBAI: Filmmaker S.S. Rajamouli's latest magnum opus "Baahubali: The Beginning", which has turned out to be India's biggest opener, has taken the box office by storm by crushing many existing records.

Said to have been made on a budget of 250 crore, including the upcoming second part in the franchise, the film collected between 60 crore to 70 crore on the first day worldwide.

"The actual box office gross collection on release day worldwide could be between 60 crore and 70 crore. This is the biggest ever opening for an Indian film, surpassing even Bollywood blockbusters like 'Happy New Year' and 'Dhoom: 3'," trade analyst Trinath told IANS.

"Going by the early estimated figures for the second day, the film could have already entered the 100 crore club worldwide," he said.

On the first day, the film collected 50 crore in India, with an additional 16 crore coming from overseas.

With the distributor nett share of 42.3 crore on the first day in the country, "Baahubali" has surpassed "Happy New Year" (42 crore), "Dhoom: 3" (32 crore), "Singam Returns" (31.8 crore), "Chennai Express" (31 crore), "Ek Tha Tiger" (30.3 crore), "Bang Bang" (28 crore), "Kick" (26 crore), "PK" (25 crore) and "Agneepath" (22 crore).

Released in Telugu, Tamil, Malayalam and Hindi parallelly, "Baahubali" has surprisingly performed extremely well in all the languages.

In its Hindi version, it netted 5.15 crore on the first day, making it the highest opening for a dubbed film.

"The record was previously held by Rajinikanth-starrer 'Robot' with 2.2 crore and Kamal Haasan's 'Vishwaroop' with 1.9 crore. Going at this rate, the Hindi version of 'Baahubali' is looking at 15 crore nett in its opening weekend," Trinath said.

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Source: IANS