The advance that Bahubali 2 got in its opening weekend was surprising, but not shocking because the film was carrying unprecedented craze. But the advance booking for Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday across the country is unbelievable.
In fact, at most major cities, almost all shows will be running to 90-100% occupancy for most part of the day.
Trade estimates put the collections for tickets sold in advance for Monday at 13-15 crore, i.e until earlier this morning before the spot booking counters opened. This would even possibly challenge the record of films that have got the best advance booking ever – and is easily the best advance that any film has got this year, way ahead of the first and second day (holiday) of Shah Rukh Khan’s Raees (barring Raees, no other Hindi film has even got a decent advance this year).
Yet another 30 crore plus day for the Hindi version is on the cards on Day 4. Today (Monday) is also a partial holiday for Labour Day, which will give a further boost to business.
Bahubali 2 will become the first ever film to cross the 150 crore mark in 4 days i.e collections from the Hindi version only. The Sunday collections have crossed the 45 crore mark for the first time ever and could even go as high as 47-48 crore when the final collections come in.
All-India (all versions) net collections has already crossed the 300 crore mark over the weekend and it should beat the lifetime business of Dangal by the end of its 4th day. It’ll be the first film to collect over 400 crore, 500 crore and possibly even 600/700 crore (net) mark in India.