- Raees opened in 3500 screens while Kaabil got 2700 screens
- SRK's film made Rs 20 crore while Hrithik's movie made Rs 10 crore
- Both films are expected to do better business on Day 2
Another distributor, Rajesh Thadani, agreed with Mr Rathi and told PTI: "Shah Rukh is a bigger star. Also, people are liking the story of Raees so it has affected Kaabil." Mr Thadani told PTI that Raees opened in 3500 screens while Kaabil opened in 2700 screens. "The occupancy for Raaes was 60-70 percent yesterday while for Kaabil it was 25-35 percent occupancy. Today the morning shows were houseful for both the films," he told PTI.
Manoj Desai, Executive Director of Gaiety, Galaxy and Maratha Mandir cinema, told PTI that both the films are being appreciated. "At our theatres Raees had 100 per cent occupancy and Kaabil had 90 per cent," he said.
Trade analyst Taran Adarsh believes both films will have a better business on Day 2. He tweeted the collection figures of Day 1 and said:
#Raees has a FANTASTIC Day 1... Wed 20.42 cr... Today [Thu; Republic Day] will witness HUMONGOUS biz again.- taran adarsh (@taran_adarsh) January 26, 2017
#Kaabil Wed 10.43 cr... Biz should escalate today [Thu; Republic Day].- taran adarsh (@taran_adarsh) January 26, 2017
Taran Adarsh gave day 2 collections for Raees and said
Raees directed by Rahul Dholakia and produced by Farhan Akhtar's Excel Entertainment was initially scheduled to release last year. However, the release date was shifted to avoid clash with Salman Khan's Sultan and later with Karan Johar's Ae Dil Hai Mushkil.
#Raees is PHENOMENAL on Day 2. All set to pack a FAB total in its 5-day weekend. Wed 20.42 cr, Thu 26.30 cr. Total: 46.72 cr. India biz.- taran adarsh (@taran_adarsh) January 27, 2017
Raees is the story of a liquor baron Raees Alam and his love Aasiya (played by Pakistani actress Mahira Khan) and his nemesis Superintendent of Police Jaideep Ambalal Majm (played by Nawazuddin Siddiqui). Raees received favorable reviews from critics.
(With PTI inputs)