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Bahubali 2 box office collections: Tamil Nadu, Kerala register record openings

Apr 29, 2017
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On the morning of Friday, 28 April 2017, even as Bahubali 2: The Conclusion (also spelt as Baahubali 2) mania was spreading across the country, there were signs of major trouble in two vital territories — Tamil Nadu and Kerala.

In Tamil Nadu, hundreds of disappointed fans who had queued up outside theatres for early morning shows had to return home after these screenings were summarily cancelled

Bahubali 2’s producers Arka Media had not issued the mandatory KDM licences to theatres in Tamil Nadu as the local distributor — K Productions’ Raja Rajan — had defaulted on his final settlement. Fortunately for fans, a hasty compromise was brokered and shows began in earnest by noon.

Meanwhile, in Kerala too, the going wasn’t smooth.

Here, Bahubali 2 opened in 306 screens with early morning shows, and met with a phenomenal response. Long queues of fans — including women and children — were observed outside the theatres, all eager to watch the film first day, first show. However, once again, a showdown between multiplexes and the local distributor Global United Media over terms played spoilsport and there were no shows till late afternoon. The national multiplex players finally relented seeing the phenomenal opening and started screening the film from the matinee slot onwards.

Despite these glitches, both states recorded what are being called “huge” openings for Bahubali 2.

While actual figures will only be available on Saturday, 29 April, even the most conservative estimates are talking about Baahubali 2’s opening day box office collections in terms of a ‘tidal wave’ or ‘tsunami’, and quite possibly among the highest India has ever seen.

Bahubali 2’s producers Arka Media had not issued the mandatory KDM licences to theatres in Tamil Nadu as the local distributor — K Productions’ Raja Rajan — had defaulted on his final settlement. Fortunately for fans, a hasty compromise was brokered and shows began in earnest by noon.

Meanwhile, in Kerala too, the going wasn’t smooth.

Here, Bahubali 2 opened in 306 screens with early morning shows, and met with a phenomenal response. Long queues of fans — including women and children — were observed outside the theatres, all eager to watch the film first day, first show. However, once again, a showdown between multiplexes and the local distributor Global United Media over terms played spoilsport and there were no shows till late afternoon. The national multiplex players finally relented seeing the phenomenal opening and started screening the film from the matinee slot onwards.

Despite these glitches, both states recorded what are being called “huge” openings for Bahubali 2.

While actual figures will only be available on Saturday, 29 April, even the most conservative estimates are talking about Baahubali 2’s opening day box office collections in terms of a ‘tidal wave’ or ‘tsunami’, and quite possibly among the highest India has ever seen.

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