S.S. Rajamouli’s Bahubali 2 has collected close to $80 million (510 crore) worldwide in its first weekend at the box office. This includes a record-breaking earth-shattering weekend for the Hindi and Telugu versions – with only the Tamil version failing to break records in the state. All other states have either broken the previous weekend records, or doubled / tripled the previous best.
The box office collections of the biggest Indian money-spinner of all-time are comparable to the worldwide collections of ‘Fast and Furious 8’ which has grossed around $85 million in its 3rd weekend. Ticket prices play a huge role here, because ‘Bahubali 2’ probably sold 4-5 times more tickets than ‘Fast and Furious 8’ in the same weekend.
The west has also taken notice of the phenomenal performance of Bahubali 2, what with the most-followed box office website ‘Boxofficemojo’, mentioning Bahubali 2 in its headline.
The website said, Bahubali 2 is “stealing the limelight” from ‘Fast and Furious 8’ by collecting over $10 million in its first weekend – with a phenomenal average of $23,855 per theatre.
Praising the performance of Bahubali 2 which came third behind ‘Fast and Furious 8’ and ‘How to be a Latin Lover’, the author of the article said “In third is the mammoth release of the Tollywood sensation, Baahubali 2: The Conclusion distributed by Great India Films in North America. Playing in a mere 425 theaters the film brought in an estimated $10.1 million, a whopping $23,855 per theater average and nearly three times as much as the opening for the 2015 original. This is the largest opening for an Indian film domestically and we are still hoping to get a full report regarding its performance outside North America”
North America aside, the other overseas markets were excellent too with estimates ranging from $8-10 million. The film has grossed close to $20 million overseas, in addition to $60 million (gross) coming from the domestic (India) market.
The first 3-day collections of Bahubali 2 is almost as much as the worldwide business of Dhoom 3 in its entire run. The film should surpass the worldwide collections of Sultan and possibly even Bajrangi Bhaijaan by the end of today. Dangal and PK will be swept aside before the end of the first week.
Bahubali 2 is now looking at becoming the first ever Indian Film to gross 1000 crore ($155 million) worldwide and if it continues its unbelievable run, it could even become the first film to gross $200 million.