The box office figures for day 1 of Shah Rukh Khan and Mahira Khan’s Raees is Rs 20.42 crore. The film has beat Hrithik Roshan’s Kaabil.

Shah Rukh Khan‘s Raees has clocked in healthy opening numbers on its first day of release. The film that released with Hrithik Roshan‘s Kaabil, has managed to surpass it with a staggering Rs 20. 42 crore on opening day. Both the films released on mid week but have raked in a good number at the box office. We just found out that the first day collection of Raees is a whopping Rs 20.42 crore. We had stated earlier how the film will collect the said amount considering the occupancy. Our trade expert Amul Mohan (Editor of Super Cinema) had mentioned to us earlier, “January 25 is a non-holiday. As the following day is a holiday, a lot of people will be coming out. That’s a great situation for it to have. But the opening might not be that thunderous because I feel January 26 will be the biggest day for both the films.” A total of 70 percent occupancy was calculated for Raees, which is a very good number, considering it was a working day.

While Raees earned a very good number, Kaabil is not far behind as it has raked in a total of Rs 10.43 crore. As you can see, clearly, Raees got an upper hand and has opened to very good numbers. However, with the kind of reviews that Hrithik’s revenge drama is raking in, perhaps by the weekend, fate for both the movies might change. There have been some political backlash faced by Shah Rukh’s film in Gujarat and there’s a possibility of a ban. If a ban takes place on the film, it might ruin Raees’ chance of defeating Kaabil at the box office. As the film is based in the dry state, there is scope to attain maximum numbers from there. However, ban might act as a bad omen to the numbers of the film.

The film raked in mixed reviews from audience as well as critics. Nawazuddin’s performance was lauded for its blend of seriousness and humour. The film also stars Pakistani actress Mahira Khan, who made her debut in Bollywood. The film is directed by Rahul Dholakia and produced by Ritesh Sidhwani and Farhan Akhtar. You folks stay tuned to this space and we’ll bring all hot scoop and trade updates of both the films right here.