Shah Rukh Khan‘s Raees released on January 25 and it instantly set the cash registers ringing at the box office. The film opened to a fantastic occupancy of 70 – 80 per cent across India and was able to sustain it throughout the day. This enabled Raees to rake in a massive Rs 20.42 crore on day 1, making it the highest opener for a Republic weekend. However, how does it fare against Shah Rukh Khan’s last few releases? By looking at the box office figures, we can say that Raees has been able to beat his last two releases – Fan and Dear Zindagi. But it could not defeat Dilwale or Happy New Year at the box office on day 1.

As we told you Raees has earned Rs 20.42 crore on day 1. Dear Zindagi. on the other hand, had collected Rs 8.75 crore, while Fan had raked in Rs 19.20 crore on the first day. This clearly proves Raees has beaten both of these films. But it was no match to the first day collections of Dilwale (Rs 21 crore) and Happy New Year (Rs 44.97 crore). However, with a good word of mouth publicity, Shah Rukh Khan’s latest release can go a long way. In fact, with today being a holiday (Republic Day), we expect the movie to see a huge growth in terms of occupancy and collections.

Raees has to be applauded because it managed to rake in such a massive amount of Rs 20.42 crore even though it got only 2700 screens. It had to face some stiff competition from Hrithik Roshan‘s Kaabil too. But Raees has a still managed to earn such wonderful figures and take a huge lead over Kaabil (the film earned only Rs 10.43 crore) at the box office at the end of day 1. ALSO READ – Shah Rukh Khan’s Raees beats Hrithik Roshan’s Kaabil by a huge margin on day 1

For those of you who don’t know, Raees is about a bootlegger – Raees Aalam (Shah Rukh Khan). He runs an illegal trade of alcohol which is flourishing till a tough cop – ACP Majmudar (Nawazuddin Siddiqui) arrives to his city. In between Raees and Majmudar’s battle, we even see a passionate love story brewing between Raaes and Aasiya (Mahira Khan). But everyone wants to know who wins the fight – Raees or Majmudar? To know this answer, you will have to see the movie!