Shah Rukh Khan playing a gangster and Hrithik Roshan a vengeful husband seem to have given Bollywood exactly the January it would have hoped for. Khan’s Raees and Roshan’s Kaabil both released on Wednesday, 25 January — in a bid to take advantage of the extended weekend, with Republic Day falling on a Thursday. The trick seems to have worked. While Rajiv Dholakia directed Raees raked in Rs 93.2 crore, Kaabil, made by Sanjay Gupta, earned about Rs 55 crore till Sunday.
Raees has been raking in the moolah since its worldwide release. While the film is said to have zoomed past the 100-crore mark in the domestic box-office, it has also set cash registers ringing in other corners of the globe. According to latest reports, the film has officially been crowned as the highest earning Bollywood weekend grosser in Singapore, with its weekend collections pegged at an estimated USD 226,000 (Rs 1.52 crore)
Last year, Shah Rukh’s action-romance film ‘Dilwale’ had reportedly become the highest grossing and the only Bollywood film to cross $1 million mark at the box-office in Singapore.