Bollywood is witnessing more and more clashes lately. Just at the start of the year, a big clash between Shah Rukh Khan’s Raees and Hrithik Roshan’s Kaabil made big news and controversies, now we have SRK’s film clashing with Akshay Kumar’s Toilet: Ek Prem Katha this August.
Both the movies will be heading for release on 11th August, the Independence Day weekend. Well, if you look at the recent history, it’s SRK whose many films have clashed with other films. Akshay Kumar’s movies have not been into such situations much.
Here’s the report on Shah Rukh Khan and Akshay Kumar’s films in recent years when clashed with other movies:
Shah Rukh Khan:
Raees VS Kaabil
One of the biggest and most popular clash was Raees vs Kaabil. Both the makers came up with innovative strategies to outmatch and out-earn each other. The fight even got ugly.
Raees collected 139 crore and Kaabil settled down at a lifetime total of 121 crore. Raees enjoyed the extended opening weekend and brought about 90 crore in 5 days. It also became the first film of 2017 to enter the 100 crore club. It is currently the Highest Grosser of 2017.
Check out the List of Highest Grossing Movies of 2017
Dilwale VS Bajirao Mastani
In 2015, Shah Rukh’s Dilwale faced-off with Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s magnum opus Bajirao Mastani. It was also a much talked about affair that year but this time, Ranveer Singh’s Bajirao won the battle.
Bajirao Mastani became one of the highest grossing films of 2015 with 184 crore collections while Dilwale earned 148 crore. Dilwale got a huge opening weekend but then it couldn’t maintain the earnings due to poor reviews. Bajirao Mastani won critics’ as well as audiences’ hearts and hence, won over Dilwale.
Jab Tak Hai Jaan VS Son of Sardaar
Shah Rukh Khan and Ajay Devgn don’t share a pleasant rapport with each other and when the clash between these actors happens, heat is naturally raised. In 2012, SRK’s Jab Tak Hai Jaan clashed with Ajay Devgn’s Son of Sardaar. There were lots of disagreements over the screen counts for the films.
Jab Tak Hai Jaan minted 120 crore and Son Of Sardaar earned 105 crore. Both the films enjoyed their run at box office but SRK’s JTHJ earned more than Devgn’s SOS. Ajay Devgn has a good track record in Diwali so his comedy genre for SOS worked really well. Jab Tak Hai Jaan brought SRK and Katrina Kaif first time together on screen and their romance helped the film go beyond 100 crore.
In recent years, Akshay Kumar’s films have not clashed much except 2016’s Rustom vs Mohenjo Daro. Akshay is known as a non-holiday star as he doesn’t insist on releasing his films only during festivals or holiday. However, he does have a good reputation during Independence Day weekend.
His Rustom was released during Independence Day weekend in 2016 and clashed with Hrithik Roshan’s Mohenjo Daro.
Rustom clearly emerged as a winner as his film got good to average reviews but it managed to attract big number of audience. Hrithik’s Mohenjo Daro received very poor reviews and even the audience didn’t like the film.
Rustom did a business of 127 crore while Mohenjo Daro only managed to take a lifetime total of 58 crore.
Well, these examples state that even if one film earns better than other during the clash, the business of both the films gets divided. If these films had been released solo, their business would have been even more massive.
Let’s see how the clash between SRK’s yet untitled film and Akshay Kumar’s Toilet: Ek Prem Katha fares at the box office. What do you think?