You might remember news was going round a couple of weeks ago about the premiere of India’s most expensive movie ever, Baahubali. Well, the film is in the news again, and this time, it’s also for another record.
According to industry analysts in India, Baahubali now holds the record for the biggest opening day in the history of Indian cinema, grossing 500 million rupees ($7.9 million) on July 10. It also went on to gross over $22 million in it’s opening weekend in India, smashing the previous record of $17 million held by Happy New Year.
The film also opened to an impressive $4.4 million in the United States, making it one of the Indian films with the most successful opening weekends in the country. This total places the film’s earnings so far at more than half its production cost. Talk about good business.
Bahubaali’s success so far has now prompted talks of an international edition of the film, with Hollywood editor, Vincent Taballion (The Incredible Hulk, Transporter 2), said to have been contracted to make it happen.
Described as the Indian version of Hercules, 300 and Troy, Bahubaali tells the story of two warring brothers battling for control of an ancient Indian kingdom.
Directed by S.S Rajamouli, Bahubali features superstar actors, Prabhas, Rana Daggubati, Anushka Shetty, Tamannaah and the likes, and was made primarily in the Tamil and Telugu languages. The first installment of the two-part epic was released in India on July 10.
In case you missed it, you can watch the trailer below.