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Kalki 2898 AD Shatters Box Office Records with Sci-Fi Epic Release

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The highly anticipated sci-fi epic, ‘Kalki 2898 AD‘, directed by Nag Ashwin, has set a new benchmark by raking in a remarkable $23 million on its opening day, as reported by the producers at Vyjayanthi Movies. The star-studded cast includes Prabhas, Amitabh Bachchan, Kamal Haasan, and Deepika Padukone in pivotal roles.

Released in multiple languages including Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, and Kannada, the film debuted with astounding numbers. The Hindi version alone grossed over $3 million, contributing to a total Indian collection of nearly $11 million. Notably, the Telugu version led the way with a substantial $7 million, while the Tamil version crossed $3 million.

With a storyline inspired by the mythological character Ashwatthama, ‘Kalki 2898 AD’ envisions a futuristic world where humanity looks to Ashwatthama to safeguard their future, thousands of years post the Mahabharat war.

The pre-release buzz for the film was evident as BookMyShow reported booking a record 1.5 million tickets prior to its premiere. Ashish Saksena, COO – Cinemas at BookMyShow, expressed the film’s widespread appeal across diverse audiences and highlighted the exponential growth in ticket sales for the Hindi version, especially in cities like Bengaluru, Chennai, and Mumbai.

Girish Johar, a prominent film business analyst, had predicted a global opening of $20-23 million, considering the immense anticipation surrounding ‘Kalki 2898 AD’. While the film received critical acclaim for its Hollywood-esque dystopian theme, it faced mixed reviews, with some noting a lack of emotional connection compared to blockbusters like ‘RRR‘ and ‘Bahubali‘.

Rachel Adams

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