Whether Salman Khan and Shah Rukh Khan are the best of buddies or rivals I neither know nor care? However, it seems there has always been a comparison for supremacy between the two. Rumors come and go but numbers speak the bare facts and so we restrict ourselves to just numbers here.
For starters Ra.One grossed an opening day collection of 18 Crores nett whereas Ek Tha Tiger broke all records by amassing a huge 32.92 Crores at the domestic box office. The clear reason for this being, Ek Tha Tiger releasing on the 15th of August, i.e. Indian Independence Day when people had a public holiday and thus visited theaters. On the other hand Ra.One release on Diwali when most of the Hindu households stayed back at home for the traditional ceremonies. One cannot however, deny that besides the release date, the movie in itself, its publicity, etc made Ek Tha Tiger a record breaking grosser at the Indian Box Office.
Come 2nd day and Ra.One took a huge leap coz of the holiday which followed. The movie made a fantastic 25.1 Crores on day 2 in India. However, Ek Tha Tiger saw a noticeable drop on it’s 2nd day when it made just 14.55 Crores. Now we must keep in mind that Day 2 was a working day in the case of Ek Tha Tiger.
Ek Tha Tiger fell further on it’s 3rd day grossing merely 12.8 Crores whereas Ra.One dropped to a 16 Crore low on it’s 3rd day. Thanks to the the opening day collections of Ek Tha Tiger it’s 3 Day total, i.e. 60.27 Crores is still greater than that of Ra.One, i.e. 59.10 Crores. The difference though small is still a notable number.
Ra.One held back to it’s 16 Crores even on Day 4 whereas Ek Tha Tiger rose to 16.78 Crores.
Ek Tha Tiger gave the final stinger on it’s 1st Sunday (Day 5) grossing a mammoth 23 Crores at the domestic box office. Ra.One had grossed 16 Crores on it’s 5th Day. Thus the 5 days total for Ra.One was 91.10 Crores. On the other hand the 5 days total for Ek Tha Tiger is 100.05 Crores. The movie has created history in being the fastest to join the 100 Crore Club.
It’s quite clear that Salman’s Ek Tha Tiger has beaten SRK’s Ra.One by a huge margin of about 9 Crores. Now which was a better movie is tough to say as both got mixed reviews. However, it seems the audiences loved Ek Tha Tiger more. Also we have a tabulated chart for Bodyguard vs Ra.One vs Ek Tha Tiger:
|Festivity||India Release Date||Day 1||Day 2||Day 3||Day 4||Day 5||5 Day Total|
|Salman||Bodyguard||Eid||31st Aug, 2011||21||17.5||13.25||14.85||19.5||86.1|
|SRK||Ra.One||Diwali||24th Oct, 2011||18||25.1||16||16||16||91.10|
|Salman||Ek Tha Tiger||Eid||15th Aug, 2012||32.92||14.55||12.8||16.78||23||100.05|
Numbers make it clear that Salman is ahead of SRK in the 5 Day Weekend Box Office Race. While Ek Tha Tiger is on the way to create more records, we will see what the YRF Romance flick starring Shahrukh Khan, Katrina Kaif and Anushka Sharma has in store for us.
MKS tweets at @mksmukulsharma