'Baahubali' - India's Biggest Opener, Shatters Many Records
"Baahubali" is also the biggest earning south Indian film on the opening day.
The previous best opening was held by Rajinikanth-starrer "Lingaa", with 22 crore and followed by Shankar-directed "I" with 20 crore.
It's not only in India where the film has raked in the moolah. In US, it has set the cash registers on fire.
"'Baahubali' Telugu version collected a whopping 14.96 crore from Thursday premieres and Friday," according to trade analyst Taran Adarsh.
In its opening weekend in the US, the film is expected to touch $5 million.
"Aamir Khan's 'PK' had collected $3.1 million in its first weekend in US. 'Baahubali' has already crossed $2 million from Thursday and Friday," Trinath added.
Producer Dil Raju, who distributed the film in Nizam area, is extremely happy with the numbers.
"The film has showcased the true potential of Telugu cinema. It has shown the world we can produce films that are content driven and still commercially successful. The film is doing extremely well and is on its way to become the biggest blockbuster in Indian cinema," Raju told IANS.
"Baahubali" released on as many as 4,000 screens across the globe.
"The wide release worked in the film's favour. And since it released in multiple languages, it could cater to large number of audiences. Had the film only released in Telugu, it would've been impossible to recover the high cost," Trinath said.
The film, which stars Prabhas, Rana Daggubati, Tamannah Bhatia and Anushka Shetty in the lead roles, is about two brothers fighting over an ancient kingdom.
It has received rave reviews from critics and audiences alike.
Heaping praise on Rajamouli, filmmaker Shekhar Kapur said other filmmakers should be as courageous as him.
"Filmmakers from South India are showing far more courage than the North. Where are the courageous filmmakers like @ssrajamouli in Mumbai? (sic)," Kapur wrote on his Twitter page.