Salman Khan prevails as the king of the box office, as Shahrukh Khan’s Ra.One fails to beat the opening day box office record set by Bodyguard.
Ra.One released to much fanfare on a record breaking 3,200 screens across India, with simultaneous release in 3D and a Tamil and Telugu version. Add to that, the multiplex operators charging a premium prices for tickets due to Diwali, yet SRK’s Ra.One could not muster up enough cash at the box office to beat Salman’s Eid hit Bodyguard.
Salman Khan’s Bodyguard had released on 2,700 screens on Eid screens and had collected Rs.21crores on it’s opening day, with a total five day collection of about 80 crores (estimated). In comparison, Shahrukh Khan’s Ra.One has collected about Rs. 18.5 crores on it’s opening day. Many still believe that Ra.One movie will pick up and surpass Bodyguard’s five-day total.
Considering that Ra.One has been mostly panned by critics for its weak screenplay, and with a mixed reaction from the audiences, it remains to be seen just how long Ra.One’s stellar run will continue at the box office.