Director Shankar is known for churning out larger-than-life films with a much-needed social message. From Gentleman to Mudhalvan and Anniyan, his films always have an everlasting impact on the audience.
He always makes it a point to push his limits with each film. His film, Endhiran: The Robot was a pioneer in Tamil cinema in terms of the visual effects and concept. It was one of the best science fiction films of all time.
More than that, the audience got to see Rajinikanth's negative side after a long time. Eight years later, the audience is going to witness the sequel to Endhiran. However, the sequel titled 2.0 is not a continuation to Endhiran and has a new premise altogether.
2.0 features Rajinikanth, Akshay Kumar and Amy Jackson playing the lead roles. The film deals with mobile phone menace and the harmful effects of radiation that is coming from the mobile phone towers.
In these eight years, technology has grown manifold and Shankar has capitalised on it and has decided to churn out a quality sci-fi film with standard VFX shots. That is when Lyca Productions chipped and shelled out a huge sum of nearly Rs 600 crore for the film.
Ever since the announcement of 2.0 came, it made headlines for its sheer grandeur. Not just with the film, Shankar has hit jackpot by getting a wide release for his dream project 2.0.
According to the latest estimates, 2.0 is releasing in over 10,500 screens across the globe and it has beaten Baahubali 2's record comfortably. While Baahubali released in nearly 9000 theatres in the world, 2.0 has 1,500 screens more than Rajamouli's big-budget film.
With more number of screens, it is obvious that the Rajinikanth film will shatter box office records on the opening day. Since Superstar is seen as a demi-god, his films are celebrated like a carnival.
Trade analysts reveal that 2.0 will get nearly 32,000 to 33,000 shows on its first day with the earliest shows starting at 4 AM in several cities in Tamil Nadu. It is reported that 2.0 will easily march into the Rs 100-crore club (worldwide box office collection) on its opening day.
In India, the film will be screened in over 7500 screens with North India contributing up to 5000 screens. In addition, the film will be releasing in Tamil, Telugu and Hindi.
2.0 is expected to churn out more box office numbers in the North Indian belt because of Akshay Kumar's character and more importantly, the film has Karan Johar's name written on it. The makers are banking a lot on the Hindi version as it might click if the storyline managed to impress the audience.
Reports suggest that the makers have recovered Rs 370 crore out of the budget already through the pre-release business. Going by the early estimates, it looks like the producers will be able to recover the production costs in the opening weekend.
But, we will have to wait and see if 2.0 will turn into a profitable venture for the producers, distributors and the theatre owners.
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