"Ich Bin Baahubali," the Deutsch-dubbed version of SS Rajamouli's "Bahubali: The Beginning," has failed to make good collections at the German box office in its opening weekend.
Leading international distribution house Kinostar, which has released several hit movies in the country, had acquired the Deutsch rights of "Bahubali: The Beginning" for a whopping price. The studio completed its dubbing process in the first week of April and released "Ich Bin Baahubali" in over 30 screens across the country on April 28.
"Ich Bin Baahubali" was expected to start with a bang at the ticket counters in the country, which has been one of the potential international markets for Indian movies in recent years. But the dubbed version of "Bahubali: The Beginning" opened to a lukewarm response. The film has collected â‚¬4,166 (Rs. 3.17 lakh) from 29 screens at the German box office in the first weekend.
The performance is in contrast to the commercial success that some other Indian movies have enjoyed at the German box office in recent years. Among those which turned out to be big money spinners were "The Lunchbox," "English Vinglish," "Ram-Leela," "Dhoom 3," "Dilwale," "Happy New Year," "Bajrangi Bhaijaan," "Prem Ratan Dhan Payo," and "Bajirao Mastani." In fact, "The Lunchbox" had set a record by collecting â‚¬1,286,912 in the country.
"Kapoor and Sons" and "Ki and Ka," which were released in 47 and 23 screens, respectively, collected â‚¬20,072 (Rs. 14.95 lakh) and â‚¬6,559 (Rs. 4.98 lakh), in that order, at the German box office in their first weekend. "Ich Bin Baahubali" was expected to shatter these records, but it has failed to do so.
"Bahubali: The Beginning" was released in several international markets, including the U.S., U.K. and U.A.E. and received positive response at most places. The Prabhas and Rana Daggubati-starrer has collected US$10.94 at the overseas box office in its life time. Trade analysts had predicted that the movie would repeat the same magic at the German box office, but it has failed to live up to their predictions.