Baahubali: The Beginning, part one of director SS Rajamouli's two-part epic, released in 4,000 screens globally in Telugu, Tamil and Hindi - its three-pronged attack gives it an advantage in volumes over other films. Collectively, the film made Rs 50 crores on day one - far ahead of Bollywood's biggest opener ABCD 2 which made Rs 14.30 crores on its first Friday - and until Sunday, had made Rs 85 crores. This collection is likely to rise once all the numbers are computed.
Trade analyst Taran Adarsh tweeted:
#Baahubali [dubbed Hindi version] has an INCREDIBLE weekend. Fri 5.15 cr, Sat 7.09 cr, Sun 10.11 cr. Total: Rs 22.35 cr. India biz. FABULOUS!— taran adarsh (@taran_adarsh) July 13, 2015
#Baahubali [Tamil] - USA: Thu pre $ 10,849, Fri $ 52,939, Sat $ 92,304. Total: $ 156,092 [Rs 98.92 lacs]. SUPER!— taran adarsh (@taran_adarsh) July 12, 2015
#Baahubali [Telugu] - USA: Thu pre $ 1,360,200, Fri $ 1,061,359, Sat $ 1,035,046. Total: $ 3,456,605 [Rs 21.91 cr]. EXTRAORDINARY!— taran adarsh (@taran_adarsh) July 12, 2015
On Saturday, he revealed that Baahubali had exploded off the starting block:
#Baahubali creates HISTORY. Records HIGHEST EVER Day 1 biz in *all versions*: Rs 50 cr. India biz. PHENOMENAL. UNPRECEDENTED.— taran adarsh (@taran_adarsh) July 11, 2015
Baahubali has been made at a budget of Rs 250 crores - the cost of both parts to the film - and, as such, is more expensive than Rajinikanth's Enthiran.
Starring Prabhas, Rana Daggubati, Tamannaah and Anushka Shetty, Baahubali is among this year's most awaited films. The day before it released, Hyderabad saw kilometre-long ticket queues. Trouble was reported in some areas with cops being called in to keep the peace after tickets ran out or were reportedly sold in black.