After marching in the club 100 crore rupees in a staggering two days of its launch, the filmmaker SS Rajamouli Magnum opus “Bahubali – The Beginning” made nearly Rs.140 crore in its first weekend. Its international business is also proving to be “record-crushing,” say the trade gurus.
“It took ‘Baahubali’ only two days to enter the club of Rs.100 crores worldwide. No other Indian film has achieved this rate before. In its first weekend, it is said to have approximately grossed Rs.140 crore,” trade analyst Trinath told IANS.
The film made on a budget of Rs.250 crore, “Baahubali – The Beginning”, the first war drama film in two parts, starring Prabhas, Rana Daggubati, Anushka Shetty and Tamannah Bhatia, is about two brothers to war over an ancient kingdom.
According to Trinath, if the film can be held this week in theaters, it can become the most successful film in the history of Indian cinema.
With the distributor nett share of Rs.42.3 crore on the first day in the country, “Baahubali” surpassed “Happy New Year” (Rs.42 crore), “Dhoom: 3” (Rs.32 crore), “Singam Returns” (Rs.31.8 crore), “Chennai Express” (Rs.31 crore), “Ek Tha Tiger” (Rs.30.3 crore), “Bang Bang” (Rs.28 crore), “Kick” (Rs.26 crore), “PK” (Rs.25 crore) and “Agneepath” (Rs.22 crore).
The Hindi version of the film minted Rs.22.35 crore in the first weekend in India.
Filmmaker Karan Johar, who presented the Hindi version of the film, says the success of the film demonstrates the scope of cinema – the language notwithstanding.