In the past few years, the penetration of Down south films has been tremendous all over India. Especially, after Prabhas’ Baahubali franchise’s unprecedented success, we saw several filmmakers even opting out to shoot the films in Hindi, simultaneously along with the original version. And it did prove to be a smart move!
Today, we will be taking a look at the biggest openers in Indian film history. Surprisingly, the list is mostly accommodated by Down south films which were either dubbed in Hindi or simultaneously shoot in Hindi. In the list, all the films seem to benefit from their multiple languages release and Prabhas shines like a star with a PAN India appeal. Interestingly Bollywood’s highest opener War is out of the top 3. Take a look.
Below are the top 5 Indian openers:
Baahubali 2: The Conclusion (2017) – 121 crores
Directed by SS Rajamouli, Baahubali 2 had a huge pre-release buzz, thanks to “Katappa Ne Baahubali Ko Kyu Maara?”. Despite being a regular Friday release, the Prabhas starrer took an earth-shattering start of 121 crores (all languages) in India. The Hindi version alone contributed a whopping 41 crores.
Saaho (2019) – 88 crores
Directed by Sujeeth, the action extravaganza too featured Prabhas in lead. Across the nation, it amassed 88 crores (all languages), with 24.40 crores coming in from Hindi version. It did face a dip on its opening day itself due to negative reviews.
2.0 (2018) – 63 crores
Directed by Shankar, 2.0 was high on pre-release buzz and there were several factors behind it. The major being the face-off between Rajinikanth and Akshay Kumar and the other being the high budget dedicated to VFX work. It did open on a promising note but failed in break major records. It collected 63 crores (all languages) with an impressive chunk of 20.25 crores coming from Hindi version.
War (2019) – 53.35 crores
This Hrithik Roshan-Tiger Shroff starrer was the highest grosser of 2019. Forget the storyline or performances, masses flocked the theatres just to witness the dream face-off between both the leads. With huge ticket bookings in the kitty, the film started off with 53.35 crores (all languages). It earned 51.60 crores from Hindi version.
Thugs Of Hindostan (2018) – 52.25 crores
With Amitabh Bachchan and Aamir Khan joining forces for the first time ever, the movie buffs stormed the theatres on day 1. With all the hype surrounding it, the film earned a monstrous opening of 52.25 crores (all languages), with 50.75 crores coming from Hindi version.