“Adipurush,” a highly anticipated retelling of the epic Ramayana featuring Prabhas in the lead role, is generating significant buzz ahead of its release, with trade experts predicting a massive opening at the box office. Om Raut directs the film, backed by T-Series, with expectations of it surpassing Rs 80 crore in earnings on its opening day, generating comparable pre-release hype to that of “Pathaan.”
With a reported budget of Rs 500 crore, “Adipurush” will be released in 3D format worldwide this Friday. Theatre owners have reported an overwhelming response to the film’s advance booking, exceeding expectations. Alongside Prabhas, the movie also stars Kriti Sanon, Sunny Singh, Devdatta Nage, and Saif Ali Khan.
Gautam Dutta, co-CEO of PVR INOX Limited, revealed that they have already received over 300,000 bookings for the film’s first weekend. Dutta highlighted Prabhas’ star power and the film’s topicality as advantageous factors, expecting a colossal opening. He projected an opening day collection of approximately Rs 80-85 crore. Dutta further stated that the film’s overall weekend earnings could exceed Rs 200 crore, drawing a parallel to the reception received by “Pathaan” starring Shah Rukh Khan.
Sunny Chandiramani, an exhibitor and distributor with 25 screens across Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh, stated that the advance booking for “Adipurush” is on par with that of “Pathaan.” Chandiramani predicted Hindi collections of around Rs 25 crore and an overall opening day collection of Rs 80-100 crore.
Ajay Bagdai, a distributor from Gujarat’s Rajkot region, shared the optimism, estimating a weekend business of Rs 200 crore. Dutta added that the film’s pre-release excitement matches that of “Pathaan,” but “Adipurush” holds an advantage due to its subject matter, attracting viewers across various age groups.
Dutta emphasized that the film has garnered bulk bookings from institutions, NGOs, schools, and political parties. The appeal of “Adipurush” extends beyond Prabhas’ star power, attracting audiences based on the film’s topicality.
Devang Sampat, CEO at Cinepolis India, expressed his astonishment at the extraordinary response from movie-goers, already recording 50,000 booked tickets. Sampat anticipated a remarkable turnout at Cinepolis cinemas, expecting it to be one of the biggest blockbusters of the year. He estimated that around 1 million patrons would visit Cinepolis cinemas during the film’s opening week.
Rajesh Thadani, a Mumbai-based film exhibitor-distributor, noted exceptional advance bookings for the movie in both multiplexes and single-screen theaters. Thadani observed tremendous curiosity and ticket purchases, particularly in smaller centers.
Akshay Rathi, a distributor-exhibitor owning theaters in Chhattisgarh, Maharashtra, and Madhya Pradesh, predicted the film’s opening day collection to be around Rs 70 crore. Rathi mentioned corporate bookings by clubs, associations, and organizations, further adding that Prabhas’ pan-India star status and massive following contribute to the high numbers.
Vishek Chauhan, an exhibitor from Bihar, compared the advance booking of “Adipurush” to previous box office hits like “Pathaan,” “KGF Chapter Two,” and “Brahmastra.” Chauhan estimated that the film would earn around Rs 25-30 crore in the Hindi-speaking
belt and approximately Rs 35 crore in the Telugu version, resulting in an overall opening day collection of at least Rs 70 crore.
Trade analyst Komal Nahta predicted a bumper opening of over Rs 80 crore across all languages, with exceptional advance booking numbers in Telangana and Andhra Pradesh.
Raj Bansal, a senior distributor and exhibitor, shared his estimate of “Adipurush” opening at Rs 20-25 crore in the Hindi-speaking region. Overall, the film is expected to make a remarkable debut at the box office.