Baahubali 2 not only opened on a record 6500 screens across the nation, it also ensured the enviable houseful boards came up everywhere. CEO of Karan Johar’s Dharma Productions, Apoorva Mehta tweeted, “Smashing records like killing enemies in that war sequence!! India NBOC 41cr Telugu+Tamil+Malayalam NBOC 80cr Day 1 Total 121cr #Baahubali2” No Indian film has even come close to this kind of box office numbers. In fact, the highest opening of 2017 has been Shah Rukh Khan’s Raees which earned Rs 20.42 crore on day of its release.
— Apoorva Mehta (@apoorvamehta18) April 29, 2017
GRAND INDIA TOTAL OF 121 crores NET!!!!! HINDI IS 41 crores!!! TAMIL + TELUGU + MALAYALAM = 80 crores!!!! HISTORY HAS BEEN CREATED!!!!!! pic.twitter.com/DS9WBBUyup
— Karan Johar (@karanjohar) April 29, 2017
Trade analyst Ramesh Bala wrote, “#Baahubali2 Day 1 WW BO: Nett – ₹ 121 cr. Gross – ₹ 152 cr. Overseas – ₹ 65 cr. WW Total – ₹ 217 cr”
#Baahubali2 Day 1 WW BO:
Nett – ₹ 121 cr
Gross – ₹ 152 cr
Overseas – ₹ 65 cr
WW Total – ₹ 217 cr pic.twitter.com/TGiX9HRsc0
— Ramesh Bala (@rameshlaus) April 29, 2017
Not just in India, Baahubali 2 was number one Indian film ever in the US, Australia and UAE. Great India Films tweeted the collections in US, which was also retweeted by the official Twitter page of Baahubali. “#Baahubali2 America ALL- Day-1(Premiere+Friday): $4517K and another $150K(approx) from private screens Total $4.667million (INR 30crs+)” it wrote.
#Baahubali2 America ALL- Day-1(Premiere+Friday): $4517K and another $150K(approx) from private screens Total $4.667million (INR 30crs+)
— Great India Films (@greatindiafilms) April 29, 2017
— taran adarsh (@taran_adarsh) April 29, 2017
In Tamil Nadu the film has collected Rs 10.25 crore as told by trade analyst, Sreedhar Pillai.
— Sreedhar Pillai (@sri50) April 29, 2017
— Sreedhar Pillai (@sri50) April 29, 2017
Baahubali, a follow-up to the blockbuster 2015 films, is doing even stronger business and could earn $7.2 million from only 450 locations, including more than $2 million Thursday night. if it hits $7 million, that would likely be a record for an Indian title, said Hollywood Reporter.
Trade analyst Taran Adarsh earlier wrote, “Reports pouring in from across the country: #Baahubali2 is a GAME CHANGER… Sea of people outside theatres… House Full boards are back!” Ramesh Bala tweeted, “A True Indian Epic Movie of International Standards. Screenplay, Acting, Emotions, Action Seqs & Music – Outstanding.”
Bookmyshow has said that 12 tickets of Baahubali 2 are being sold every second. In Delhi, the earliest you can book tickets for the film is May 3 with everything going houseful for the next four days. Earlier, Bookmyshow had confirmed that Baahubali 2 had broken the advance booking record previously held by Aamir Khan’s Dangal. Ashish Saksena, COO-Cinemas, BookMyShow had said, “BookMyShow is experiencing an unprecedented advance booking for Baahubali 2. We have already sold over 1 million tickets across languages, even when the bookings have been live for just over a day. Though Baahubali 2 is largely perceived to be loved by South Indian audience, the response from Hindi speaking markets has been highly encouraging as well. Once all the cinemas in South come out with their schedules for the film, we expect the online ticket sales for Baahubali 2 to surge at an increasingly fast pace.”
Film distributor Akshay Rathi told indianexpress.com that it wouldn’t be a shocker if the film crosses Rs 200 crore club within three days of its release. He said, “Day one across languages, I wouldn’t be surprised if the film rakes in Rs 70 crore on the first day itself. As far as the weekend is concerned, the film across the languages within India would do around the business of net amount of Rs 230 + crores.”
Celebrities from South and even Bollywood are totally overwhelmed by the film. Dhanush wrote to SS Rajamouli on social media, “Sir :) nothing more to say. #masterpiece #writingatitsbest .. break the rules. Redefined everything.” Nani wrote, “#Baahubali is not just a film anymore .. It’s a celebration.”
While in India, Baahubali 2 has become the first one to have a massive release on 6500 screens in all languages, it is releasing on almost 2500 screens outside India. In North America alone, the film has released on 1,100 screens and the distributor Great India Films is expecting a lifetime total of $15 million. “We have passed $3 million in pre-sales and are adding almost $100,000 to the total every hour. This is the highest for an Indian film in advance ticket sales,” a statement from Great India Films read. The film, that release on April 28, stars Prabhas, Anushka Shetty, Rana Daggubati and Sathyaraj in lead roles.
According to trade estimates, this is the collection from pre-sale of rights for Baahubali 2.
Satellite Sales (Hindi): Rs 50 crore
Satellite Sales (Tamil +Telugu+ Malayalam): Rs 25-30 crore
Music ( all languages): Rs 25-30 crore
Theatrical rights (Hindi): Rs 65 crore
Theatrical Rights (Telugu): Rs 130 crore
Theatrical Rights (Karnataka): Rs 45 crore
Theatrical Rights (Kerala): Rs 8 crore