Prabhas and Rana Daggubatti‘s Baahubali 2: The Conclusion has just opened, but looks like it has already beaten the likes of Shah Rukh Khan’s Raees, Salman Khan’s Sultan and Aamir Khan’s Dangal. Surprised? Well, don’t be! Remember, we revealed to you that Baahubali 2 is off to a tremendous start with an insane occupancy of 95 per cent across India? Well, looks like it is the highest opening occupancy for 2016 and 2017, if not the highest ever.
Salman Khan‘s Sultan held this record with an average occupancy of 80-90 per cent when it released last year. Aamir Khan’s Dangal and Shah Rukh Khan‘s Raees came in second with occupancies of 70 per cent on day one. But with an occupancy of about 95 per cent in nearly double the screens (the movie has 8000 screens at its disposal as compared to Sultan’s 4350), Baahubali 2: The Conclusion has clearly beaten the rest.
Talking about the fantastic start that the film has witnessed, trade expert, Akshaye Rathi (exhibitor and distributor) mentioned to us exclusively, “Baahubali 2 has started of with an insane occupancy! Currently across India, almost all the shows are Housefull. In a very long time we haven’t seen such a scenario during the morning shows. Virtually across India, the occupancy is 100 per cent barring a few places. So you can say it is around 90-95 per cent, which is insane during the morning shows. The last time we saw something like this was during Prem Ratan Dhan Payo, which opened like a Tsunami and Dhoom 3. None of the other recent films have opened so well and this has to be credited to the mass hysteria and anticipation that people had for Baahubali 2.”
But that’s not the end of it. The movie has also clocked in the highest advance booking ever with a collection of Rs 36 crore in 24 hours. And with such a fantastic occupancy and such a huge screen space, we are sure it will shatter all the records at the box office pretty soon. Our trade guru has already predicted that Baahubali 2: The Conclusion should rake in about Rs 60-70 crore on day one through all the versions, thereby becoming the biggest opener at the box office ever! It can also potentially become the highest first weekend grosser if it crushes Sultan’s record and rakes in a staggering Rs 250 crore in just 3 days.