Prabhas' Saaho has opened to an overwhelming response and crossed Rs 125 crore gross mark at the worldwide box office on the first day. The film has become the biggest opener of 2019.
The massive success of Prabhas' last release Baahubali 2, ensemble cast of talented actors from across the country and rich production values featured in its promos have generated a lot of curiosity about Saaho. The huge hype surrounding it made its global theatrical rights sell for a record breaking price of Rs 290 crore.
The distributors made huge arrangements for its release and booked 6,700 screens in India (2,300 screens in south and 4,400 theatres in north) and 1,800 cinema halls in the USA, UK, UAE, Australia, and other key international markets. The movie was released in a total of 8,500 screens in Hindi, Telugu, Tamil and Malayalam on August 30. The hype helped it register decent advance booking.
Saaho was premiered in some international markets on August 29, a day before it hit the screens in India and it has done fantastic business in those regions. As per early estimates, the movie has collected $915,224 at the USA box office in the preivew shows. The details of its business in UK, UAE and other coutries are yet to be revealed.
The first screening of Saaho began in Andhra Pradesh and some other parts of the country as early as 4.00 am on Friday and the movie witnessed unprecedented crowd almost every. The regular morning also saw decent response. The film showed improvements in its occupancy in the afternoon and evening shows
Saaho recorded around 50 to 60 percent occupancy in Tamil Nadu, Kerela and Karnataka and 40 percent occupancy in the north Indian regions in the morning shows. But the footfalls increased considerably in the afternoon and evening shows on the first day. Some cinema halls ran to packed houses in all these areas.
The Hindi version of Saaho is estimated to have collected Rs 32.50 crore gross (Rs 25 crore nett) at the North Indian box office on the first day. It has beaten the record of 2.0 in the Hindi belt. Ramesh Bala, an observer of film trade tweeted, "#Saaho Hindi All India Day 1 early estimates is a whopping 25 crs nett.."
Saaho has collected Rs 73 lakh gross at the Chennai box office on its opening day. Ramesh Bala tweeted, "#Saaho Telugu takes All-time No.1 Opening for a Telugu movie in #Chennai City.. Day 1 - ₹ 32 Lakhs Gross.. Beating #BharatAneNenu 's ₹ 27 Lakhs.. All 3 versions collect a huge ₹ 73 Lakhs.."
As per early estimates, Saaho has collected over Rs 50 crore gross at the AP/TS box office on the first day. Shreyas Sriniwaas tweeted, "Film #Saaho is rocking in Telugu circuit and day1 business will be approx #Nizam 12Cr #AP 38Cr. Total 50+Cr Nett. It's a New Record. Film will collect approx 25Cr in Hindi as we predicted. Rest in TNK and Karnataka! Means It can touch 100Cr mark on day1 only."
Saaho is estimated to have collected Rs 10 crore gross in Karnataka and Rs 6 crore gross in Kerala and other parts of Tamil Nadu except Chennai on its opening day. The movie has collected approximately over Rs 27 crore gross at the USA, UAE, UK, Australia and other key international markets on the first day.
As per the early estimates, Saaho has collected approximately Rs 125.73 crore gross at the worldwide box office on the first day. The Prabhas and Shraddha Kapoor starrer has shattered the opening day collection records of all the Indian films including that of Rajinikanth's 2.0.
Sujeeth-directed Saaho has become the second biggest opening movie after Baahubali 2, which minted Rs 214 crore gross in the global market on its first day.
Here are the area-wise price of the theatrical rights of Saaho and earnings on the first day. These are based on various sources and they may not match exact numbers released by its makers or distributors. All the figures are in rupees and crore.
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