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Actor Shivaraj Kumar's much-talked about Kannada film "Bhajarangi", opened to a fantastic response at the Karnataka box office.

"Bhajarangi" was released in 200 plus screens in the state on December 12. PVR Cinemas, which teamed with the film's makers, has released the film across nearly 100 screens in other states like Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra and Kerala. The film set a new record with its massive opening across the country. The screen count of 300 is a record for Shivarajkumar as well.

Prior to its release, the promos of "Bhajarangi" had stirred much curiosity among film goers. Screenings began as early as 2 am in a few theatres in Bellary and Hospet, on the opening day. Having registered a huge amount of advance ticket bookings, the film ran to packed houses on Thursday.

"Bhajarangi" garnered rave reviews from film critics and audiences. Collections were high on Friday thanks to positive word of mouth. The film registered 100 percent occupancy on almost all days in the first weekend and made a record-breaking business at the box office. Trade analysts opine that its first weekend collection is the second highest collection record after Darshan's "Kranthiveera Sangolli Rayanna".

Made on a whopping budget of more than ₹10 crore, "Bhajarangi" has collected ₹3.5 crore from its theatrical rights - a record price for a Shivanna starrer. The film has collected approximately ₹5.5 crore nett at the box office in its four-day extended first weekend. Trade experts in Sandalwood opine that the film, which also stars Aindrita Ray, has almost recovered its production cost and will soon amass profits.