New Delhi: Director S.S. Rajamouli’s war epic Baahubali 2: The Conclusion has smashed all box office records to become India’s top grossing film in just six days. The film has made a worldwide gross of Rs792 crore, according to trade website Box Office India.
Baahubali 2 beat Aamir Khan’s PK (2014) and Dangal (2016) to take the top spot in the list of highest grossing Indian films. The two blockbusters had earned Rs743 crore and Rs718 crore worldwide respectively. The Hindi version of the film, which was presented by Karan Johar’s Dharma Productions and independent distributor Anil Thadani’s AA Films, has alone notched up Rs375 crore.
“There are certain films that acquire cult status over a period of time,” said film trade and business expert Girish Johar. “The inquisitiveness sustained over two years, the scale and size of release this time and the love the film has got has taken it to that level.”
The historical fiction epic is on a record breaking spree the world over, notching up unprecedented numbers. It opened at number 3 at the North American box office minting over $10 million and counting in its first week.
Rajamouli’s smash hit, which had released across four languages—Hindi, Tamil, Telugu and Malayalam—had earlier grossed Rs520 crore worldwide in its opening weekend collections. Within India alone, it had earned Rs121 crore on Friday and Rs385 crore over the first weekend, emerging as both the highest opening day and weekend earner ever in the country.
Baahubali 2, a sequel to Rajamouli’s 2015 blockbuster that had earned more than Rs500 crore worldwide, stars Prabhas, Rana Daggubati, Anushka Shetty, Tamannaah Bhatia, Ramya Krishnan and Sathyaraj in lead roles and revolves around two warring cousins in a fictional kingdom.
The two films were made at a total budget of Rs400-450 crore. Released in about 6,000 screens nationwide, Baahubali 2 had tickets being sold at exorbitantly high rates across the country, with theatres booked for most of the first week of release. Online ticketing platform BookMyShow sold over 1 million tickets for the film within 24 hours of bookings opening. The film crossed the screen count for a big-ticket Bollywood film, which stands at 4,500 currently.
Even as it shatters records, trade experts expect the film is to manage a worldwide gross of over Rs1,000 crore soon, which will be coveted milestone for Indian films.