Opening collections: SRK’s Raees beats Hrithik’s Kaabil in box office battle


Shah Rukh Khan starrer “Raees” has raced ahead of Hrithik Roshan’s “Kaabil” at the box office after both films opened simultaneously on Wednesday.

Rahul Dholakia directed “Raees” starring Shah Rukh as a bootlegger, has garnered more than Rs 20 crore while Hrithik’s film “Kaabil” helmed by Sanjay Gupta has earned over Rs 10 crore at the box office on day one.

‘Raaes’ had a better opening as it did Rs 19-20 crore business on day one while ‘Kaabil’ made Rs 10.5 crore at the box office. Shah Rukh is a bigger star, also people are liking the story of ‘Raees’ so it has affected ‘Kaabil’,” distributor Rajesh Thadani said.

According to Thadani, “Raees” opened in 3500 screens while “Kaabil” opened in 2700 screens.

Another distributor Akshay Rathi too said that Shah Rukh’s movie had an edge over Hrithik’s “Kaabil” in theatres.

“Both the films are doing well at the Box office and world mouth for both of them is positive. ‘Raees’ has earned Rs 17 crore while ‘Kaabil’ Rs 10.4 crore on Day 1.

“What works for ‘Raees’ is the presence of Shah Rukh Khan who has been a star since longtime, the film has mass appeal, great dialogues and songs. Even ‘Kaabil’ has content,” Rathi said.

This shows, the long-drawn clash between the two flicks turned out to be a very one sided affair on the opening day.