Shah Rukh Khan's Raees beat Hrithik Roshan's Kaabil in the first day collection at the box office, trade analysts and film distributors agree unanimously. Trade analyst Taran Adarsh gave the figures of both films' first day collections. He revealed that Raees made Rs 20.42 crore while Kaabil made Rs 10.43 crore. And now a day after both films released, film distributor Akshay Rathi told new agency PTI that Shah Rukh's movie had an "edge over" Hrithik's Kaabil in theatres. "Both the films are doing well at the box office and world of mouth for both of them is positive. What works for Raees is the presence of Shah Rukh Khan who has been a star since longtime, the film has mass appeal, great dialogues and songs. Even Kaabil has content," Mr Rathi told PTI.
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.
Meanwhile, trade analysts and film distributors said that both films will witness growth on Thursday. "It was a working Wednesday yesterday still both the films did well. Today (Republic Day) is the best day as its holiday for both the movies," said Akshay Rathi.
Even 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.