Shahrukh Khan and Salman Khan, the two powerful Khans of Bollywood have always been pitted against each other. The big question – will SRK's Ra.One out-beat Salman's Bodyguard at the box office will be answered in the days to come.
According to the Economic Times, the magnum science fiction Ra.One fetched nearly Rs 18.5 crore at the box office on Wednesday. This is reportedly 3 crore less than what Bodyguard collected on the opening day. ET has also reported that the highest opening day collection so far at the box office has been Salman Khan's Bodyguard that fetched Rs 21.5 crore on the first day.
According to trade analyst Komal Nahata, while Ra.One collected approximately Rs 15-16 crore from the Hindi version, the Tamil and Telugu versions added an extra 2 crore-2.5 crore.
Though comparisons between Bodyguard and Ra.One box office collections is inevitable, you must remember that Bodyguard released on Eid day. Any movie being released on Eid is considered to be the best period for the film at the box office. However, Ra.One released on Diwali and that is normally considered the dullest period for films at the box office as most Hindus stay indoors and perform pooja. In that case, the day after Diwali (Thursday) and the coming weekend should work wonders for the film.
Speaking about the positive response of Ra.One at the box office, Komal Nahata tweeted, “HISTORY CREATED. RA.ONE crossed Rs 25 cr mark in India on day 2. Highest ever. Still counting."
Speaking to a leading newspaper, Gautam Dutta, chief operating officer at multiplex chain PVR said that the southern markets did better on Wednesday. Dutta said that while all the screens in Chennai were sold out, Hyderabad and Bangalore averaged out to 90%-94% on Wednesday. Gautam said, “While North India witnessed a dip in the evening, the morning and afternoon shows did well."