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Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Why 'Baahubali' will beat 'Bajrangi Bhaijaan' in the box office race soon!

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After the international version of Baahubali releases in China, it will soon become the second highest grossing Indian film ever. How? Find out here...

Salman Khan's Bajrangi Bhaijaan and Prabhas' Baahubali released a week away from each other and both the films have been instrumental in giving the industry over Rs 1200 crore alone in a matter of two months. It's been over 50 days to their release but the movies are still running in some theatres worldwide. 

While Bajrangi Bhaijaan is slightly ahead, when it comes to the gross collections globally, the equations are definitely going to change soon. Why? Here's the lowdown. 

Baahubali versus Bajrangi Bhaijaan: The Battle! 

Baahubali created history by raking in Rs 50 crore from all versions on its opening day itself in the country. That's by far the highest for any Indian film. 

Lauded for its terrific visual effects and spectacular cinematography, Baahubali won millions of hearts for its stylised sequences and breathtaking VFX. Visually appealing, Baahubali raised the standards of VFX in India by notches and is definitely one of the strongest answers to 300. People lapped it up and the amount of repeat audience ensured that there was steady flow of money for the film. 

In its two month run, the film collected a little over Rs 600 crore gross at the worldwide box office. Baahubali is now the third highest grossing Indian film ever with Rs 602 crore in its kitty. 

On the contrary, Bajrangi Bhaijaan, which released a week later scored high on the Salman Khan presence. But despite having his star presence, BB was an un-Salman film. Why? It wasn't mindless and Salman was not doing what he usually does best- his trademark antics were missing. Instead, Kabir brought out the actor in him as he explored the Indo-Pakistan relationship with a lot of human emotions. Brilliant performances and with an extremely emotional backdrop, Bajrangi Bhaijaan soon became the biggest blockbuster of the year so far. 

While in India itself, it netted in more than Rs 320 crore, overall the global gross collections stand at a whopping Rs 612 crore. With that, BB has also turned out to be the second highest grossing Indian film ever. 

An International version of Baahubali? 

After bamboozling the audiences all over, director SS Rajamouli has decided to make a special international version of his magnum opus as well. The international version has been cut down by nearly half an hour from its original 2 hours 39 minutes. 

China Release! 

Baahubali, the Tamil-Telugu movie that has made more than Rs 600 crores so far, is all set to release in China. China’s E Stars Films has acquired the rights for SS Rajamouli film in China and will now release it in 5000 screens in the country. The large-scale release in China means that 18% of all theatres in the country will screen this film. The Chinese version will be 20 minutes shorter than the Indian one. 

While the film has already collected more than Rs 600 crore, if it takes off well in China, it could well rake in much more. Currently, it is PK that holds the highest gross overseas collection. Incidentally, it was E Stars that had released Aamir Khan’s PK earlier in China. 

Bajrangi Bhaijaan in trouble? 

While Baahubali is now having another international version hitting the overseas market in phases soon, BB has no plans to do the same anytime in the near future. Will this affect Bajrangi Bhaijaan's position in the collection table? Yes! 

The gap between the two films is of merely Rs 10 crore which will easily be bridged once Baahubali hits the Chinese markets. With that, Baahubali will also sail past BB in the overseas game and will emerge as the second highest grosser of all times, tailing PK which sits comfortably at the top with a humongous Rs 752 crore gross collection all over the world.


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