Box Office: ‘Kaabil’ narrows its earnings with ‘Raees’ over weekend


The clash between Shah Rukh Khan’s ‘Raees’ and Hrithik Roshan-starrer ‘Kaabil’ was the first and one of the biggest box-office battles of 2017. Both the films have been doing very well at the theatres.

At the end of the five-day-long weekend, ‘Raees’ is speeding towards Rs. 100 crore, while ‘Kaabil’ is behind by a margin of about Rs. 20 crore. By Sunday, January 29, Shah Rukh’s film raked in a total of Rs. 93.24 crore in the domestic market. On the other hand, the earnings of ‘Kaabil’ was pegged at Rs. 67.46 crore during the corresponding period.

Noted trade analyst Taran Adarsh tweeted the day-wise collection figures of ‘Raees’, while mentioning that the weekdays, starting today, are going to be crucial. “#Raees Wed 20.42 cr, Thu 26.30 cr, Fri 13.11 cr, Sat 15.61 cr, Sun 17.80 cr. Total: Rs. 93.24 cr. India biz... Weekdays are crucial!” the tweet read.

The day-wise figures for ‘Kaabil’ are, Wed 10.43 cr, Thu 18.67 cr, Fri 9.77 cr, Sat 13.54 cr, Sun 15.05 cr. Total: Rs. 67.46 cr.

‘Raees’ enjoys an advantageous position as it opened at 2700 screens as against 2200 screens allocated to ‘Kaabil’. The Rahul Dholakia-directed crime drama might seem to be the clear winner, but the day-wise collection of ‘Raees’ and ‘Kaabil’ have narrowed down since their release on January 25. The difference which was around Rs. nine crore on opening day, came down to Rs. two crore on day five.

‘Raees’, which also stars Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Pakistani actress Mahira Khan, is being praised for power-packed performances and hard-hitting dialogues, besides Shah Rukh’s return in a grey shaded character.

‘Kaabil’, directed by Sanjay Gupta, is a revenge thriller starring Yami Gautam opposite Hrithik, and actor brothers Rohit and Ronit Roy as the antagonists. The movie, which was shot on a tight schedule of 60 days, is talked about for Hrithik’s stupendous performance as a blind character and its action stunts. The movie has got a boost with the positive word-of-mouth publicity.