New Delhi: Baahubali continued to make big bucks at the box office through the weekend, becoming India’s highest opening weekend earner ever. The movie collected a total of Rs385 crore across Friday, Saturday and Sunday, estimates film trade and business expert Girish Johar.
Baahubali 2: The Conclusion has been released in four languages—Hindi, Tamil, Telugu and Malayalam. To be sure, Rs128 crore out of this was made by the Hindi version alone with a screen count of 4,000, beating the recent Hindi blockbuster Aamir Khan-starrer Dangal that made Rs107.01 crore over the first three days. Salman Khan’s Sultan had, meanwhile, enjoyed a five-day festive Eid weekend last year and earned Rs180.36 crore.
Johar said the film had grossed ₹ 520 crore worldwide, including ₹ 9.91 crore in North America, ₹ 3.21 crore in the United Kingdom, ₹ 6.78 crore in Australia, ₹ .51 crore in New Zealand and ₹ .26 crore in Malaysia.
The film had earlier made Rs121 crore on Friday, emerging as the highest opening day earner in India.
Baahubali 2, a sequel to Rajamouli’s 2015 blockbuster that had earned more than ₹ 00 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 ₹ 400-450 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 next week. The film crossed the screen count for a big-ticket Bollywood film, which stands at 4,500 currently.
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Before Baahubali 2’s release, Shah Rukh Khan’s Raees, Hrithik Roshan’s Kaabil and Akshay Kumar’s Jolly LLB 2 were among the highest opening weekend earners in 2017, with earnings of ₹ 93.24 crore, ₹ 67.46 crore and ₹ 0.46 crore respectively. Their numbers pale in comparison to the success of Baahubali 2.
The Hindi version of the historical epic alone has dislodged Shah Rukh Khan-starrer Happy New Year,that had earned Rs108.86 crore in 2014, as the third-highest Bollywood opening weekend earner of all time, right behind Salman Khan’s wrestling film, Sultan and Prem Ratan Dhan Payo (Rs129.77 crore). The latter was a Diwali release and had the advantage of a four-day weekend.
While the final word on Baahubali’s fortunes is yet to be out, trade experts have predicted a ₹ 500 crore first week for the film in India alone. With the war epic smashing records without a holiday weekend to bank on and despite the ticket price cap in south India, such revenue is a distinct possibility. The previous record for the highest opening week earners in India was held by Sultan ( ₹ 229.16 crore), Dangal ( ₹ 97.54 crore) and Dhoom 3 ( ₹ 88.99 crore).
All figures have been sourced from movie website Bollywood Hungama.