Box Office: 'Baahubali 2' Becomes Highest-Grossing Indian Film of All Time
The sequel to the 2015 epic has collected $131 million worldwide, beating previous record-holder 2014's 'PK'.
Following its record opening weekend when it released worldwide on April 28, Baahubali 2: The Conclusion has become the highest-grossing Indian film of all time.
Because India does not officially report box office numbers, local reports have tracked the latest figures. The film reportedly has crossed $131 million (over 8 billion rupees) worldwide, easily beating the estimated $123 million global haul collected by previous record-holder, 2014's PK which starred top actor Aamir Khan.
With the film collecting $13.1 million in the U.S., Baahubali 2 also beat previous record-holder Dangal's $12.4 million total haul in the territory. The real-life wrestling drama also starred Aamir Khan. In India, the film has collected over $106 million, becoming the highest-grossing film in the country, beating previous record-holder Dangal which collected $83 million.
Baahubali 2 is the sequel to the 2015 epic Baahubali: The Beginning and is directed by acclaimed South Indian helmer S. S. Rajamouli. Planned as a two-part epic, both films were simultaneously filmed at an estimated budget of $40 million, making this the most expensive Indian production ever.
The films are produced by Shobu Yarlagadda's Arka Mediaworks. The sequel continues the story of warring royal cousins in an ancient mythical kingdom and again features top South Indian stars Prabhas, Rana Daggubati, Tamannaah and Anushka Shetty.
In addition to its original Telugu language version, the film was released in Tamil, Malayalam and Hindi. Leading Bollywood banner Dharma Productions distributed the Hindi version of the film and posted a tweet touting the film was “the #1 blockbuster of Indian cinema.”