What is the breakeven for Mahesh Babu Koratala Siva’s Bharat Ane Nenu? There are different versions of breakeven amounts circulated online. So we decided to use the time tested formula we typically use to evaluate overseas profits and loss. This share that we calculate typically matches well with the final amount distributor gets.
Bharat Ane Nenu overseas rights are bought by Great India films and US rights are valued around 13.6 Cr (including expenses). Rest of US rights were sold to different parties for Rs 4.5 Crs.
USA Acquired Price : $ 1.894M
Expenses : $ 150k
Total : 2.044M
To calculate the approximate payout, we used the ratios for 1st week. Using a weighted ratio (assuming the final ratio will be in line with Week 1 ratios), the total payout comes to 60.2%.
Given the ratio of 60.2%, Breakeven amount is (2.044M/60.2%) = $3.395M.
As of this writing, BAN grossed $3.15M, which means it will need another ~$250k to Breakeven. Most likely, as per current trends it will just scrape through to a break even.
However, given unanimously positive web reviews and OS Super star Mahesh at the helm, can this be considered a success?
So why are there reports that it is a blockbuster earning over 200 cr? There is even one article that it beats Bahubali 2 in Chennai. Some one is lying – who?