‘Baahubali 2: The Conclusion’ is a once-in-a-lifetime film. The release circumstances are extraordinary and unprecedented. Never before has a film brought together audience from almost every film industry in the country, crossing language barriers and setting the stage for the country’s biggest cinematic moment.
In a country where film industries are almost entirely star-driven, S.S Rajamouli has brought the nation together like B.R Chopra did with the television series Mahabharat – which shattered television records back in the late 1980s when it was aired.
As far as the theatrical release is concerned, almost every factor is in favour of the film. Everyone wants to watch it and most want to watch it on the first day itself – which has led to record advance booking ticket sales, breaking the previous records set by BookMyShow, Multiplex chains and even single-screen theatres.
In fact, a special advertisement space has been created under ‘Baahubali 2’ posters outside several single-screen cinema halls and those spaces are selling for lakhs of rupees.
As far as the first day collections are concerned – ‘Baahubali 2’ is expected to shatter the lifetime records of all dubbed films, barring the first Baahubali film. The highest grossing dubbed south Indian film is Rajnikanth’s Kabali which collected Rs 27 crore in the Hindi markets – that record will be history on Friday.
The Hindi version alone could also challenge the non-holiday opening of the biggest of Hindi films – including Dhoom 3. All versions together, ‘Baahubali 2’ is likely to cross 100 crore net and we could well be looking at a 300 crore weekend from all languages – although a drop could come on Saturday.
Factors that should ensure a record-breaking opening for Baahubali 2:
- One of the most hyped Indian films of all time.
- Crosses language barriers, making it the biggest ever Pan-India film.
- Hiked ticket prices.
- Widest ever release for an Indian film.
- Blockbuster on television.
- Most want to watch the film before the suspense (why Kattappa killed Baahubali) is broken.
- Baahubali 2 is a big screen experience, which automatically reduces the impact of piracy.
The only factor against the film is the fact that tomorrow is a working day.
IndicineFBO: We are going with Rs 33 crore as the first day collections of the Hindi version of ‘Baahubali 2’.
Side Note: We won’t be reviewing ‘Baahubali 2: The Conclusion’. No review can do justice to the Rajamouli magnum-opus. Those who liked the first film will watch it anyway and the few who didn’t will skip it. Stay tuned for the box office updates.
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