Amitabh Bachchan’s Amar Akbar Anthony is a cult movie and among the favourite films of movie aficianados. But if someone tells you that the film, if released in 2017, would have crossed the box office collection of Baahubali 2: The Conclusion in India, will you believe it?
Recently, a fan of Amitabh Bachchan shared an interesting data regarding his 1977 hit Amar Akbar Anthony. According to the fan, Amitabh Bachchan’s Amar Akbar Anthony would cross the collection of Baahubali 2: The Conclusion, if adjusted for inflation. Amar Akbar Anthony earned around Rs 7.25 crore in India when it hit the screens. The total box office collection of Baahubali 2 in India was around Rs 510 crore in 2017, when it was released
So would the collection of Amar Akbar Anthony really have crossed the box office figure of Baahubali 2: The Conclusion if released in the same year, i.e. 2017? We decided to have a look.
So, since Amar Akbar Anthony made Rs 7.25 crore in 1977 and the price of one ticket at that time was about Rs 2, around 36,250,000 people must have watched the film. If we multiply this number with the average price of one ticket in 2017, which is about Rs 150, we get Rs 543 crore. This number is clearly more than the amount of money Baahubali 2: the Conclusion earned in India.
So yes, Amitabh Bachchan’s fan was right. Amar Akbar Anthony would definitely have crossed Baahubali 2 collection had the film released in 2017.
Released in 1977, Amar Akbar Anthony was the biggest grosser of that year. It starred Amitabh Bachchan, Rishi Kapoor, Vinod Khanna, Shabana Azmi, Neetu Kapoor, Pran and Parveen Babi, among others. Directed by Manmohan Desai, the dialogues of the film were written by Kader Khan.
Baahubali 2: The Conclusion is the 2017 sequel to Baahubali: The Beginning that released in 2015. The film starred Prabhas, Rana Daggubati, Anushka Shetty, Tamannaah, Satyaraj, Nassar and Ramya Krishna in pivotal roles. The film holds the record of being the second highest Indian grosser ever worldwide, after Dangal.