New Delhi: If advance ticket booking trends for the film 2.0 are any indication, the Rajinikanth-Akshay Kumar starrer movie is likely to beat the opening day record of Aamir Khan’s recent Thugs of Hindostan and is a serious contender to beat Baahubali 2 as India’s all-time highest grossing film at the box office. Considered to be the most expensive film ever made in India, the ₹ 550 crore film has reportedly recovered around ₹ 370 crore by selling satellite, digital and distribution rights.
Just like Baahubali and its sequel, 2.0 is also trying to dominate box office in both north and south India by bridging the language divide. The movie will be screened in three languages — Hindi, Tamil and Telugu. While Akshay Kumar speaks in Hindi, Rajinikanth’s original voice is in Tamil. Voices of both the actors have been dubbed in the other languages.
South film industry trade analyst Ramesh Bala said tickets for the opening weekend for 2.0 are selling like hot cakes. According to him the sci-fi film is going to be screened in around 10,500 screens worldwide beating Baahubali 2’s 9,000-screen record. In India alone, 2.0 will be released in around 7,000 screens tomorrow in 2D and 3D versions.
2.0 producers Lyca Productions tweeted that a million tickets have so far been sold out only on BookMyShow ticketing platform.
Film exhibitor Akshaye Rathi said the Hindi version of 2.0 is expected to fetch around ₹ 20 crore and the Tamil version another ₹ 35 crore on the opening day itself. About a fortnight ago, Thugs of Hindostan had made over ₹ 52 crore on the opening day, setting a record. Due to poor word of mouth, the big-budgeted Yash Raj film, however, sank at the box office later on.
“The craze is huge and I am sure the movie will see traffic numbers in Tamil Nadu, in Tamil language particularly. And likewise the presence of Akshay," Rathi told Hindustan Times.
The success of 2.0 will mean a hat trick this year for Akshay Kumar at the box office after Pad Man and Gold.