SS Rajamouli's magnum opus Baahubali The Beginning, which has turned out to be India's biggest opener, has taken the box office by storm by crushing many existing records.
Said to have been made on a budget of Rs.250 crore, including the upcoming second part in the franchise, the film collected between Rs.66 Crore on the first day worldwide.
"This is the biggest ever opening for an Indian film, surpassing even Bollywood blockbusters like 'Happy New Year' and 'Dhoom: 3'," trade analyst Trinath told.
"On the second day, the film have already entered the Rs.100 crore club worldwide," he added.
With the distributor net share of Rs.42.3 crore on the first day in the country, Baahubali has surpassed "Happy New Year" (Rs.42 crore) and emerged as the biggest opener of Indian cinema, which is rarest of the rare possible feat. Probably it is the first ever time, a Telugu or any regional film has pulled off some thing like this.
Baahubali is also the biggest earning South Indian film on the opening day. The previous best opening was held by Rajinikanth-starrer Lingaa, with Rs.22 crore.