Filmmaker SS Rajamouli's magnum opus Baahubali: The Beginning, the first part in a two-part war drama, has broken all records and set the cash registers ringing by grossing over Rs 50 crore on the first day of release.
The film has in fact, broken the opening day-record of Rs 44.97 crore set by Shah Rukh Khan's 2014 blockbuster Happy New Year.
In a tweet, Trade analyst Taran Adarsh announced the news and emphasised that the film had broken the record in 'all its versions.'
#Baahubali creates HISTORY. Records HIGHEST EVER Day 1 biz in *all versions*: ₹ 50 cr. India biz. PHENOMENAL. UNPRECEDENTED.— taran adarsh (@taran_adarsh) July 11, 2015
Trade analyst Trinath told IANS, "It's a phenomenal start. Early estimate suggests that the film has grossed about Rs 60 crore on release day worldwide. This way, it may even reach the Rs 100 crore club over the weekend."
The Hindi version of the film has made Rs 5.15 crore. Taran Adarsh tweeted saying it's the highest ever for a dubbed movie in India.
#Baahubali [Hindi] Fri ₹ 5.15 cr. India biz. HIGHEST biz for a *dubbed movie in Hindi*. FANTASTIC!— taran adarsh (@taran_adarsh) July 11, 2015
Baahubali released on Friday across 4,000 screens globally. Set on a budget of Rs 250 crore, the film is the most expensive Indian movie ever made.
The story revolves around two brothers — Baahubali and Bhallaladeva — played by Telugu movie stars Prabhas Raju and Rana Daggubati, and their battle for supremacy. The movie is made in Telugu and Tamil, and dubbed into Hindi and Malayalam.
The female leads are played by Tamannaah and Anushka Shetty. The cast also includes Ramya Krishnan, Sathyaraj and Nassar.
The Hindi distribution rights have been bought by film director Karan Johar.