Great news for the industry! History has been created!! Shah Rukh Khan’s Ra.One has crossed the Rs. 25 crore mark (net all-India collections) in a single day (Thursday, October 27). The superhero film, which made Rs. 15 – 16 crore on the opening day, has now effectively breached the 2-day collection record of Salman Khan’s Bodyguard. While Bodyguard had netted Rs. 39 crore in its first two days, Ra.One has already made Rs. 40 crore at least. The final number is likely to go up as collection reports are still coming in.
Day One Figures: Unfair Comparison
In many ways, the comparison being made by the media and sections of the trade between the first day collections of Bodyguard and Ra.One was unfair. While both the films released on Wednesdays and public holidays, the Salman Khan starrer, Bodyguard, had released on Eid day, which is generally considered to be extraordinary at the box-office. On the other hand, Ra.One released on Diwali (Laxmi Pooja day), a day which is dull at the box-office because many Hindus stay indoors to participate in the festivities including poojas.
In that sense, the day after Diwali (i.e. Thursday in the case of Ra.One) proves to be the real ‘Diwali’ for the film industry because people come out in hordes to the cinemas on the second day of Diwali. The wonderful second day collections of Ra.One just go to prove this.