Vijay's most-awaited multi-lingual movie "Puli", which is slated to release in theatres on 1 October, has some pretty big shoes to fill.
"Baahubali - the Beginning" (Bahubali) kicked up a storm at the box office on its release and created 15 new records. And if "Puli" wants to make a mark in the industry, it needs to break these records.
"Baahubali" is an epic historical fiction film made in two parts. Its Part 1 titled "Baahubali -the Beginning" released in cinema halls across the globe on 10 July. The Prabhas and Rana Daggubati starrer has become the all time biggest opener and highest grossing South Indian movie till now.
"Baahubali -the Beginning" shattered all the records of Rajinikanth's "Endhiran" and Pawan Kalyan's "Attarintiki Daredi" and set several new ones too.
"Puli" is the next big-ticket release from the Southern film industry. Made on budget of Rs 118 crore, the Chimbu Deven directed fantasy-adventure film features Vijay in a dual role alongside an ensemble cast of Vijay, Sudeep, Sridevi, Shruti Haasan, Hansika Motwani, Prabhu and Nandita Swetha.
Now, all eyes are set on "Puli" and the film goers and trade analysts down South are keen to see whether it will beat the records of "Baahubali" or not. We bring to you 15 brand new records of SS Rajamouli's film that Vijay's "Puli" is expected to break.
1. Biggest screen count for a Southern movie
"Baahubali -the Beginning" was made in Telugu and Tamil and dubbed in Malayalam and Hindi. The four versions of the film together was released in 3500 screens across India and 500 cinema halls in 20+ international markets. The movie has become all time biggest South Indian release, beating the previous records of "Endhiran" and "I".
2. Fastest Indian film to cross $1 million mark in US premiere
"Baahubali -the Beginning" was premiered in over 118 cinema halls across the USA a day before its release. The movie collected $1,010,550 from the paid preview show and beat the record of Aamir Khan's "PK".
3. Biggest opener South Indian movie in global market
"Baahubali - the Beginning" grossed around Rs 75 crore at the worldwide box office on the first day. Its first day net collection and distributors' share stand at Rs 62 crore and Rs 45 crore respectively in the global market. It has become the biggest opening south Indian movie beating the records of "Endhiran".
4. Fastest Rs 100 crore grosser Indian movie
"Baahubali - the Beginning" grossed Rs 135 crore at the worldwide box office in two days and its net collection stands at Rs 112 crore in the global market. It became the fastest Rs 100 crore grosser Indian movie in the global market.
5. Highest grossing south Indian film in opening weekend in worldwide market
The SS Rajamouli-directed movie has grossed approximately ₹197 crore (Rs 169 crore nett) at the global box office in its opening weekend.
6. Highest grossing south Indian film in opening weekend overseas
The Prabhas and Rana Daggubati starrer collected $4.65 million (₹29.07 crore) at the international box office in the first weekend and became the second highest grossing Indian movie in the international markets after Aamir Khan's "PK".
7. Highest grosser Indian film in opening weekend in US
"Baahubali - the Beginning" has erased the first weekend record of "PK" at the USA box office with a big margin. While the Aamir Khan starrer raked in $3,088,584 (Rs 19.53 crores) from 272 screens in three days, the Rajamouli-directed period drama collected $4,423,339 (Rs 28.07 crore) from 236 cinema halls at the USA box office in the first weekend.
8. Fastest Rs 200 crore grossing south Indian film
"Baahubali - the Beginning" collected Rs 213 crore at the worldwide box office in five days and became the fastest Rs 200 crore grossing south Indian film
9. Highest grosser in opening week
"Baahubali - the Beginning" grossed Rs 255 crore (US$40 million) at the worldwide box office in the first week and its nett collection stands at Rs 185.69 crore. It has almost beaten the life-time record of "Endhiran" in just seven days.
10. First Southern movie to Surpass Rs 500 crore mark
"Baahubali - the Beginning" is estimated to have collected approximately Rs 502 crore gross at the worldwide box office in 24 days and its nett collection stands at Rs 370 crore.
11. All time highest grosser Southern movie in international markets
"Baahubali - the Beginning" has collected approximately a total of $10,945,623 (Rs 71.30 crore) at the overseas box office in its life time. It has become the first South Indian movie to cross the mark of $10 at the in the international markets
12. All time highest grosser Southern movie in worldwide market
"Baahubali - the Beginning" has grossed over Rs 600 crore at the global box office so far and is still running in many theatres around the world. The movie will release in 5000 screens in China in November. It is also expected to be screened in Japan, Korea, France and other European countries in the same month.
13. Third all time highest grosser India movie in worldwide market
"Baahubali - the Beginning" has become the third all time highest grossing Indian movie after "PK" and "Bajrangi Bhaijaan", which have grossed Rs 735 crore and Rs 626 crore respectively in the global market.
14. 100 crore grosser dubbed Hindi movie
The Hindi version of "Baahubali - the Beginning" collected Rs 120 crore nett at the Indian box office. It has become the first dubbed movie in Hindi to enter the club of Rs 100 crore movies.
15. Highest grosser South Indian movie in the USA
"Baahubali - the Beginning" has grossed $7,514,643 (Rs 48.28 crore) at the USA box office and these numbers also include the collection of its Hindi ($4,87,292/Rs 3.20 crore) and Tamil versions ($567,227 / Rs 3.63 crore).