Mumbai: ‘Baahubali 2: The Conclusion’ is making a lot of noise and for all the right reasons. First, the magnum opus is releasing on a record 6500 screens. And secondly, the film will sell the most expensive movie tickets ever, for 2400 rupees each!
As surprising as this number is, what is all the more astonishing is the fact that people are actually pre-booking tickets at the aforementioned price. A theatre in Delhi, named Director’s Cut, has reportedly sold tickets for 2, 400! Apart from a star-studded cast- Prabhas, Anushka Shetty, Rana Daggubatti, Sathyaraj and Tammanaah Bhatiah, the craze amongst fans also has a lot to do with the intriguing end to its prequel ‘Baahubali: The Beginning’ where a loyal Kattappa kills his own king and turns into a traitor.
The film is releasing in three languages- Hindi, Telegu and Tamil- and distributors from all three regions have paid hefty prices to acquire rights. According to trade expert Ramesh Bala, the Hindi version has fetched 120 Cr and another 47 Cr from Tamil version. As far as Karnataka and Kerela rights are concerned, both the states have amassed 45 Cr and 10 Cr respectively. The overall income through rights distribution in original language Telugu, across all Indian states, is 130 Cr.
Internationally, the film is doing equally well. Although the accurate cost of US distribution rights is not known yet, the North American rights have fetched an impressive 45 Cr.
The satellite rights have earned great numbers too- the Hindi version has raked 51 Cr and Telegu version a handsome 26 Cr.
‘Baahubali 2: The Conclusion’ has a record view of 48 million (and counting) on YouTube. The film is slated to release on April 28....