Ever since Suriya’s Singam 3 had dropped out of the BO race, Hrithik Roshan’s Kaabil and Shah Rukh Khan’s Raees had been taking full advantage down South. Also the fact that Aamir Khan’s Dangal turned out a huge hit down south, fans had big expectation from both movies. Kabail and Raees set out to dominate screens in Tamil Nadu. 174 screens were allotted for Hrithik Roshan’s Kaabil as its Tamil version – Balam was also releasing simultaneously. As for Shah Rukh Khan’s Raees, 101 screens were allotted for this 70s gangsta film. Clearly, Hrithik Roshan‘s Kaabil dominated over Shah Rukh Khan‘s movie. But the BO verdict speaks otherwise. According to reports by film critic Sreedhar Pillai, Raees raked in Rs Rs 2.10 Crore in 5 days, while Hrithik Roshan’s Kaabil minted Rs 1.55 crore in the same time period. Looks like Shah Rukh Khan’s Raees has raced ahead of Kaabil despite the fact that Hrithik Roshan’s movie had an additional dubbed version. Even at the Chennai BO, Shah Rukh Khan’s Raees is at No 1 position, followed by Vijay’s Bairavaa. But, as per reports, both the films collections are nowhere close to Aamir Khan’s Dangal. As of Day 5, Shah Rukh Khan’s Raees has crossed the Rs 100 crore mark and Kabail has earned Rs 75. 50 crore.
So far, Shah Rukh Khan’s Raees has created 3 records so far – Highest earning film on Republic Day, Highest opening weekend collection by a film in the event of a clash and Highest weekend collection during a clash. Raees played by Shah rukh Khan is about a bootlegger in Gujarat whose plans get thwarted by a extra witty policeman.
At the success party of Raees last night, when comparisons were drawn between Shah Rukh khan’s Raees and Aamir Khan’s Dangal, here’s what King khan had to say,” “We are happy with the business of the film. It is more than we expected. I can’t compare it with Dangal or Sultan. They are much bigger films. So, we knew what our limit is. You all can compare!”