After a series of low-grossing movies, Shah Rukh Khan seems visibly happy with the kind of response that Raees is getting at the box-office.
After a series of low-grossing movies, Shah Rukh Khan seems visibly happy with the kind of response that Raees is getting at the box-office. SRK’s latest gangster flick has reportedly bagged Rs 128.96 cr in the domestic market compared to Hritik Roshan starrer, Kaabil, that has managed to collect Rs 97.03 cr as off now. The film collected Rs 6.60 crore on February 3. Raees was released on 2,700 screens initially, but the number of its screens came down this Friday. In terms of overseas business, Raees has managed to collect Rs 245.56 cr in total.
As per trade analyst Taran Adarsh, Raees was the highest weekend grossing Hindi movie in Singapore. Taking to micro-blogging site Twitter, Taran said, “#Raees has smashed box-office records in Singapore by collecting USD 226,000! Highest Ever Weekend for any Bollywood film.”
Raees has been made on an overall budget of Rs 85 cr and has gained early profits for its distributors and exhibitors. Unlike Aamir Khan and Salman Khan, none of Shah Rukh’s movie has entered Rs 300 cr club till now. However, his Chennai Express and Happy New Year have managed to grab business of over Rs 200 cr.
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Makers had huge hope from Shah Rukh-Kajol starrer Dilwale, however it managed to do average business at the box office and collected Rs 148.72 crore. Now, it will be interesting to see if Raees becomes Shah Rukh’s third film to enter Rs 200-crore club. Raees will now have to share screens with this weekend release Kung Fu Yoga, starring Jackie Chan, Sonu Sood and MS Dhoni actress Disha Patani.
The storyline of Raees revolves around 1980’s Gujarat and is reportedly inspired by bootlegger Abdul Latif. The film follows the rise of Shah Rukh as a local mafia and eventually sees his downfall. There are also a little instances of 70’s gangster films. Rahul has said in several interviews that Shah Rukh Khan was his first choice for the role.