SS Rajamouli's "Baahubali - The Beginning" (Bahubali), which is set to release on 10 July, is expected to beat the first day collection record of "ABCD 2" to become the biggest opener of 2015 at the box office.
On its first day, "ABCD 2" had collected ₹14.30 crore nett at the Indian box office and become the biggest opener (Indian movie) in 2015, beating the record of "Gabbar is Back", which has raked in ₹13.05 crore nett in the domestic market on its opening day. Here are some reasons why we think that "Baahubali" would beat the record of "ABCD 2".
Bigger Screen Count for "Baahubali"
"ABCD 2" was released in over 2,500 screens in India and 500 cinema halls in the international markets, whereas "Baahubali" is scheduled to release in over 3,500 theatres in the domestic market and 500 screens overseas.
Hype and Promotions for "Baahubali" created by the Makers
"Baahubali - The Beginning" has been in news for all good reasons, ever since SS Rajamouli announced it. The makers of the film have adopted several unique promotional strategies right from the beginning of its shooting. They have spent a lot on its publicity (more innovative than that of "ABCD 2").
Huge Advance Booking for "Baahubali"
"ABCD 2" had registered over 60% advance ticket booking for the first day. "Baahubali - The Beginning" has got over 90% of advance booking four days before its release. In some places, all the tickets have been already sold out within a day after the booking opened.
Biggest Release in Four Languages
"Baahubali - The Beginning" has simultaneously made in Telugu and dubbed in Malayalam and Hindi. The movie is releasing in all these four languages on the same date and it will be the only big-ticket film to release in these languages this weekend.
High-priced Benefit shows of "Baahubali"
The makers of "Baahubali - The Beginning" have planned to hold several benefit shows in Telangana, Andhra Pradesh and other parts of the globe. These shows will start in wee hours on Friday, before the usual screening starts. The ticket price for these shows ranges between ₹4,000 and ₹8,000 in some places.
Huge Curiosity Created by Promos of Baahubali
"Baahubali" has been made with a whopping budget of ₹250 crore and the movie boasts of performances by talented actors and amazing production values, which are on par with the standards of Hollywood. The songs, background score, cinematography, costumes, weapons, action and war scenes created through VFX work featured in the promos have created massive amount of curiosity among viewers across the globe.
"Eega" Magic Created by SS Rajamouli
"Baahubali" director SS Rajamouli has created a magic with his previous venture "Eega", which was released in Telugu, Tamil, Malayalam and Hindi. His amazing work in the film has impressed millions of audiences, who have become ardent fans of the director and desperately waiting to watch "Baahubali - The Beginning".
Karan Johar's Association with "Baahubali"
Karan Johar is presenting the Hindi version of "Baahubali - The Beginning" under his home banner Dharma Productions, which is one of the biggest production houses of India. His association will help the movie in attracting a large number of audience in North India.
However, "ABCD 2" has collected approximately ₹20 crore at the worldwide box office on the first day. After seeing the above-mentioned factors, anyone can predict that the first day collection of "Baahubali - The Beginning" would be more than ₹30 crore at the global market and it will surely be the biggest opener (Indian film) of 2015.