New benchmark for Kannada films

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Puneeth’s ‘Raajakumara’ set to become the first film to gross more than `50 crore at the Karnataka box office.

A new top grosser has emerged in Sandalwood. Puneeth’s Raajakumara is now the highest grossing film at the Karnataka box office.

The film’s theatrical collections in the state is expected to cross `50 crore shortly, making it the first Kannada film to achieve this distinction. In the seventh week, the film is estimated to have already grossed over `46 crore at the box office with a net producer’s share of `31 crore.

There have been films before 2001 which have had more ticket sales than the current toppers in the last 17 years. But due to the huge differences in ticket prices back then and the absence of multiplexes, the money collected by them do not match up. Yajamaja, which was released in 2000, and Om, which was released in 1995, have had higher viewership than all the films in the top BO collection list now. Even Jogi (2005) had a higher number of audience than most of these films.

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