Box office Bang: Bahubali

A screening at Rex Theatre

On the second day of the release, people paid double or three times more than the normal ticket price to watch Bahubali.  

It was the day the magnum opus Bahubali-2 was released. Jalaja and Hariprasad, two excited movie-goers bought tickets that cost Rs 700 each at Inox Lido. To them like a lot other audience, the price did not matter. “It doesn’t matter how much money we paid because at the end of the day, it is about entertainment and experience,” Jalaja says.

Bahubali 2 has got to be one of the most hyped films to be released in South Indian cinema. It had to be released one day earlier than anticipated in Karnataka because of the number of eager moviegoers.

People eagerly waiting to watch Baahubali 2

Baahubali is a Telugu film that has been dubbed into several other languages such as Hindi, Malayalam etc. It is the second part to the series that revolves around Baahubali, Maharani Devasena etc. It comes under the epic fantasy genre.

It had reportedly earned Rs 200 crore on its opening day. BookMyShow estimates that 12 tickets are bought per second and over 3.3 million tickets have been sold.

At Shankarnag Theatre on MG Road at 3:15pm, 150 out of 400 seats were sold. But for the 6:00pm show, 350 out of 400 seats were sold by 3:30 in the afternoon. Both shows were playing in the Telugu language. All the tickets cost Rs 400. At Rex Theatre, for the 3:40 show, everyone had purchased tickets online for Rs 550.

On May 1st, tickets were reportedly being sold for Rs 1000 and upwards. People are not anxious about the escalated prices and this is clear by the number of tickets that have been sold both domestically as well as internationally.

Joan Cherian