2.0 box office day 1: Akshay Kumar, Rajinikanth film breaks records, earns Rs 110 cr worldwide

2.0 has grossed Rs 110 crore worldwide at the box office as the Akshay Kumar and Rajinikanth film breaks a few records.

bollywood Updated: Nov 30, 2018 16:25 IST
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2.0 starring Rajinikanth, Akshay Kumar and Amy Jackson is directed by Shankar.

Rajinikanth and Akshay Kumar’s 2.0 box office collection has managed to exceed expectations as it grossed Rs 110 crore worldwide, with Rs 85 crore earning coming from India. “2Point0 collected a WW Gross of 110 cr and the film collected 85 Cr in India. Biggest Opening for Superstar Rajinikanth and Shankar,” tweeted trade analyst Vamsi Kaka. Earlier, trade expert Sreedhar Pillai gave an estimated break-up of the box office break-up in India: North India (Hindi version) – Rs 21 cr, Tamil Nadu Rs 20 cr, Telugu States Rs 19 cr, Kerala Rs 5.5 cr and Karnataka Rs 8 cr.

The Hindi version earned Rs 20.25 crore on day one despite it being a working day. “Non-holiday release... Non-festival period... Yet, #2Point0 takes a SUPER START... Keeping in mind the fact that it’s a dubbed film + advance bookings opened very late, the biz is STRONG... Thu ₹ 20.25 cr. India biz. Note: HINDI version,” said the rep trade analyst Taran Adarsh tweeted.

Considered to be the most expensive film ever made in India, the Rs 550 crore film has reportedly recovered around Rs 370 crore from the sale of satellite, digital and distribution rights. According to trade analyst Ramesh Bala, the Shankar film will be screened in around 10,500 screens worldwide, with 7,000 in India. For perspective, Baahubali 2 was shown on 9,000 screens worldwide.

In south, the Akshay, Rajini sci-fi film is performing well in the Telugu speaking states, Tamil Nadu and the US. The film has earned Rs 2.64 crore at the Chennai box office, which is higher than the box office collection of Vijay’s Sarkar that earned Rs 2.37 crore. This happens to be the highest opening in the history of Tamil cinema in Chennai.

When it comes to ticket sales, Book My Show released a statement and said that 2.0 has already sold 2.2 million tickets already. In Andhra Pradesh and Nizam region, the Akshay Kumar starrer has collected Rs 19 crore. This is the highest collection for a Tamil dubbed into Telugu film.

In Kerala, the film has opened to Rs 4.15 crore at the box office, which is higher than Rajinikanth’s previous film Kabali. However, the film has failed to beat Vijay starrer Mersal (4.65 crore) and Sarkar (5.62 crore) in Kerala. Even Baahubali earned Rs 5.45 crore on Day 1 in Kerala.

The early estimates from Karnataka suggest that the Rajini film has collected Rs 8.25 crore on Day 1. The film will have a four day opening weekend, and the collections for the Hindi version is yet to be announced.

2.0 sees Rajini play the role of Chitti version 2.0 and Dr Vaseegaran and Akshay Kumar essays the role of Dr Richard, who later transforms into the crowman. The film explores the fifth element and what it holds for human beings and hence the film’s tagline became, “Because this world is not just for humans.”

Produced by Lyca, the film has music composed by AR Rahman and sound engineered by Resul Pookutty. The cinematography for the film completely shot in 3D is by Nirav Shah.

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First Published: Nov 30, 2018 14:16 IST