‘Raees’ defeats ‘Kaabil’ at the box-office on day one


On January 25th, Shahrukh Khan’s ‘Raees’ clashed with Hrithik Roshan’s ‘Kaabil’ at the box-office. On day one, ‘Raees’ defeated ‘Kaabil’ not only at the domestic level but overseas also ‘Raees’ emerged as a winner.

‘Kaabil’ was released in 92 screens in India while ‘Raees’ got 101 screens. ‘Raees’ earned a promising 20.42 cr on day one while 'Kaabil' earned 10.43 crore on the opening day.

Trade analyst Taran Adarsh tweeted about ‘Raees’ number:

#Raees has a FANTASTIC Day 1... Wed ? 20.42 cr... Today [Thu; Republic Day] will witness HUMONGOUS biz again.

The director of ‘Kaabil’ Sanjay Gupta tweeted about the film’s number:

#With less than 40% screens we collected 10.43 Crs. Well begun is half done

With ‘Kaabil’ failed to stand upto the expectation at the box-office despite superior performance of Hrithik Roshan, filmmaker Rakesh Roshan expressed his dissatisfaction with lesser number of screens given to ‘Kaabil’.

In an interview, the filmmaker vented his anger and highly slammed the industry, "I thought this industry will get mature day by day with all the corporate coming in. But it is getting dirtier and dirtier and we are going backwards. I have told them to avoid such clashes because it’s not good and ethical for the film. The producers are losing, distributors are losing, exhibitors are losing, audience is losing, who has so much money to go and watch two films? You are depriving so many people of so many things. Only way to go about it is by going 50-50. So that others when they come with such clashes they will think twice."

He also vented his anger on King Khan. "Everything is getting dirty and unethical. No professionalism, no friendship, it’s (Bollywood) not a close knit family at all. It was in my time. Jeetendra, me and Rishi Kapoor are best of friends even today. That was the industry we were working in. Now just shaking hands that also we don’t know what they mean. Putting up a smile and kissing each other’s cheeks in front of the media. That’s not friendship."

Ahead of the release of their respective movies, Hrithik Roshan and Shahrukh Khan wished each other with inspiring words.

Hrithik Roshan tweeted#Dear@iamsrk today as a mentor Im sure u will inspire me yet again with #Raaes and as a student I hope you are proud of me with #Kaabil.

Shahrukh Khan#@iHrithik wish could have avoided overlap of releases. That said…my love to u & @yamigautam dad & @_SanjayGupta. Kaabil wil b awesome

Below are ‘Raees’ and ‘Kaabil’ overseas box-office result.

# Australian box office

Kaabil – Rs. 0.18 crore from 27 screens.

Raees – Rs. 0.93 crore from 28 screen

# New Zealand box office

Kaabil – Rs. 0.02 crore from 9 screens

Raees – Rs. 0.10 crore from 11 screens

# U.K. box office      

Kaabil – Rs. 0.18 crore from 56 screens

Raees – Rs. 1.06 crore from 62 screens