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‘Baahubali 2: The Conclusion’ sees highest ever opening day at Rs110 crore

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New Delhi: In what may easily be regarded as the most anticipated release in a very long time, the second installment of director S.S Rajamouli’s war epic franchise, Baahubali 2: The Conclusion opened to around Rs110 crore in India on Friday, according to Atul Mohan, editor of trade magazine Complete Cinema. The Hindi version of the film alone made over Rs40 crore, the original Telugu version brought in another Rs40 crore while the Tamil and Malayalam versions together managed about Rs20 crore.

“As we’d all emphasized, the film has released in a record number of screens, much higher than any Bollywood film and is bound to bring in unprecedented numbers,” Mohan said.

Also read: Film Review | Baahubali 2: The Conclusion

The historical fiction film made the majority of its earnings from the Hindi version which beat the opening day collections of the other two recent blockbusters—Salman Khan’s Sultan (Rs36.54 crore) and Aamir Khan’s Dangal (Rs29.78 crore). The record for the highest opening day figure currently belongs to Shah Rukh Khan’s Happy New Year which had made Rs44.97 crore, since exact figures for Baahubali 2 are still being compiled, it is possible for the number to have been beaten.

Rajamouli’s film netted another Rs1.01 crore, Rs36.37 lakh and Rs30.31 lakh from Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom respectively.

Released in about 6,000 screens nationwide, Baahubali 2 had tickets being sold at exorbitantly high rates across the country besides theatres being booked for most of next week. The film surpassed the screen count for a big-ticket Bollywood film which stands at 4,500 currently.

The first day earnings of the movie were a leap over the first part of the film which when released in 2015, had netted Rs5.15 crore in its Hindi version. The dubbed languages had made a combined Rs50 crore. The two films were together made at a budget of Rs400-450 crore. The first part alone earned more than Rs600 crore in worldwide box office collections.

Released in about 1,000 screens overseas, out of which about 900 are in the United States, the sequel also stands to trump the US collections of the first part which stood at $18 million.

Baahubali 2 easily beat the highest opening day earners of the year so far, the list included Shah Rukh Khan’s Raees, Akshay Kumar’s Jolly LLB 2 and Varun Dhawan and Alia Bhatt’s Badrinath Ki Dulhania that earned Rs20.42 crore, Rs13.2 crore and Rs12.25 crore respectively.

Online ticketing platform BookMyShow had registered over a million ticket bookings for the Prabhas and Rana Daggubati-starrer within a day of opening bookings. While single-screen cinemas had opened their booking windows as early as 22 April, multiplexes went live by 24 April. The number reached 3.3 million by Friday, surpassing the first part’s advance sales record by 350%.

The widely discussed Baahubali plot that revolves around two warring cousins in a fictional kingdom, has been expanded into animation, comics and merchandise. The two parts star Prabhas, Rana Daggubati, Anushka Shetty, Tamannaah Bhatia, Ramya Krishnan and Sathyaraj in lead roles.

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