Raees And Kaabil Box Office Verdicts
Thursday 09 February 2017 13.30 IST
Box Office India Trade Network
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The big clash between Kaabil and Raees is another clash where the films have not lived upto expectations with both films under performing. Raees has got away with it due to an excellent start and is a SEMI HIT while Kaabil is a failure and will be BELOW AVERAGE / FLOP depending on final share. Either way it makes little difference as its not a success. Raees also has a huge pot from Overseas to helps its cause and the Overseas share will in the 35-40 crore range. The combined figures will be a little better than the Ae Dil Hai Mushkil v Shivaay clash where the combined total was 190 crore nett and here it will go to 215 crore nett. But that was Ajay Devgn and Ranbir Kapoor and here it is Shahrukh Khan and Hrithik Roshan so a 25 crore nett gap is not much. Even the gap is due to Raees which will have a 25 crore nett higher total than the winner of that clash Ae Dil Hai Mushkil while Kaabil and Shivaay will be in same range.
Raees is another film which has not grossed like a Shahrukh Khan film but it keeps his unbelievable clash record intact. He is the star with probbaly the most clashes but comes out on top every time irrespective of content. There were some defeats in the earlier films but he was not a star then. The only setback came in 2001 when Indian beat Asoka but at that time Sunny Deol in the right film was always going to be tough nut to crack for anyone. The clashes include big victories against rivals Aamir Khan in 1995 (Ram Jaane v Akele Hum Akele Tum) and Salman Khan (Don v Jaan-E-Mann). In 2015 the Dilwale v Bajirao Mastani clash is seen as a defeat but if the wider picture is seen with Worldwide numbers its a comfortable victory for Dilwale and this was only due to the clout of Shahrukh Khan as the film was not liked. Even in India it would have been much closer if the intolerance debate did not happen at time of release which cost the film around 15% business. Shahrukh Khan has probably defeated every other major star out there in a clash.
Kaabil is a another downer for Hrithik Roshan and now the next film is very important as its not around the corner so when it comes it has to be a big one. In 2006 he was about to be undisputed superstar and leave the Khan's behind after Krrish and Dhoom 2 but doing poor films like Jodhaa Akbar and Zindagi Na Milegi Dobaraa cost him badly as Salman Khan reinvented and made the action space his own and there was no looking back for him.
The difference in stardom is so much that films like Dhoom 2 and Krrish did not open that much lower than Kaabil despite more than 60% less screens and half the ticket rates. Despite this they were just 25% less than Kaabil on the first day.