The Shah Rukh Khan-starrer emerged as the big winner on D-day for the two big releases. Raees earned an approximate Rs20.25-20.50 crore, while Hrithik Roshan's Kaabil struggled past the Rs7.75-8 crore mark.
Box-office: Raees hits Rs20 crore, Kaabil lags behind with Rs7.75 crore on first day
Mumbai - 26 Jan 2017 12:57 IST
Updated : 14:14 IST
Hrithik Roshan’s Kaabil had its task cut out at the box-office competing with Shah Rukh Khan’s much-awaited Raees on its opening day. Despite the positive reception for both films, it seems that the clash has affected Kaabil’s opening collections. It has managed to earn only Rs7.75-8crore on the first day, as per figures shared by BoxOfficeIndia.com.
On the other hand, Raees turned out to be the clear winner by amassing Rs20.25-20.50 crore. Considering it wasn’t a holiday yesterday, the number is surely impressive. The Rahul Dholakia-directed film is reportedly made at an approximate budget of Rs85 crore. So, the film has a good chance of surpassing that number in the coming days. With the Republic Day holiday and a weekend looming around the corner, Dholakia's film might see a good jump in its collections.
Kaabil has reportedly been made at an approximate budget of Rs55-60 crore. The Rs8 crore collection on day one means that it has a difficult journey ahead. The film needs a jump in collections today (Republic Day holiday) and will need to show consistent returns till Sunday, if it wishes to get into the profit zone.
Kaabil should keep its hopes alive though. The film has received highly positive reviews and has a strong word-of-mouth praise going for it. Hence, Sanjay Gupta's film does stand a chance.
Having said that, Raees has not only managed to earn much more, but also acquired more screens than Kaabil. Therefore, if Khan's film sees a big jump in collections today, it might prove damaging for Kaabil.
A lot depends on what happens at the ticket window today.