SS Rajamouli's Baahubali: The Beginning, the epic historical drama, rocked the worldwide box office upon its release in 2015. The Kerala theatrical rights of the magnum opus project, starring Prabhas in the lead role, is believed to have been bagged for Rs. 3.25 crore by the production house Global United Media.
Now, sources close to the industry hint that Global United Media has again acquired the theatre distribution rights of the movie's sequel, which has been titled Baahubali: The Conclusion, for yet another whopping price. Though the team hasn't revealed the official figures yet, it is said that the production house has bought it for approximately Rs 10 crore.
Though the figure cannot be confirmed as of now, few trade analysts are of the opinion that the sequel is expected to make wonders at the box office, forcing the makers to sell the rights of Baahubali 2 for a record price. The prequel is said to have made a business of approximately Rs 13 crore with a nett collection of Rs 10.5 crore and Rs 5.25 crore share after running successfully for 87 days at the Kerala box office.
If the latest theatrical right figures are to be believed, Baahubali 2 will break the existing record of Rajinikanth's action thriller Kabali in Kerala. The distribution right of Pa Ranjith's directorial venture in the state was bagged by Mohanlal's Aashirwad Cinemas for a record price of Rs 7.5 crore. It is followed by Ilayathalapathy Vijay's Theri, which was distributed in Kerala by Carnival Motion Pictures and Friday Film House for Rs. 5.6 crore.
Meanwhile, since the previous week, Baahubali has been re-released at Cinepolis in Centre Square Mall in Kochi. The sequel of the blockbuster, starring Tamannaah, Anushka Shetty and Rana Daggubati in the main roles, has been scheduled to hit the screens in 2017.