Box office verdict of ADHM vs Shivaay is out, KJo’s film emerges winner on opening day

Box office verdict of ADHM vs Shivaay is out, KJo's film emerges winner on opening day
ADHM vs Shivaay

The results of the nail-biting box office clash between Ajay Devgn’s ‘Shivaay’ and Karan Johar’s ‘Ae Dil Hai Mushkil’ (ADHM) is finally out, and KJo’s film has taken a sizable lead on opening day.

ADHM was helmed by Johar and starred Ranbir Kapoor, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and Anushka Sharma, whereas Ajay Devgn helmed and starred in Shivaay.

The romance-drama was made on a budget of approximately Rs 70 crore, while the visually appealing action flick, Shivaay, costed Rs 105 crore to make.

While there’s no denying the fact that each film would have raked in more money if they had averted the clash, both managed to release in a respectable number of screens (around 3,000).

However, while ADHM managed to release in more multiplexes across big cities, Shivaay opened at more single screens across the country.

In terms of advance booking, ADHM managed to outdo Shivaay, but the latter performed better at single screens.

As for box office numbers, ADHM collected Rs 13.30 crore at the domestic box office on the opening day, breaking the record of Ranbir Kapoor’s previous hit ‘Tamasha’, which had collected Rs 10.87 on opening day.

“#ADHM Fri ₹ 13.30 cr. India biz… EXCELLENT at plexes… Note: Dhanteras. Pre-Diwali,” Trade analyst Taran Adarsh tweeted.

In comparison, Shivaay collected Rs 10.24 crore at the Indian box office. The film’s collection still managed to beat the earnings of Devgn’s previous outing Drishyam, which had raked in Rs 8.5 crore.

“#Shivaay is STRONG at single screens/mass circuits… Fri ₹ 10.24 cr. India biz… Note: Dhanteras. Pre-Diwali,” Adarsh tweeted.

Both films collected over Rs 23.54 crore together at the domestic box office on opening day.

According to analysts, both films should do well over the Diwali weekend due to ‘relatively similar’ audience and critics reviews.

Also, both films did better business in north India due to the lack of any major regional releases, but faced tough competition in southern market.

According to IBTimes, ADHM and Shivaay registered an average of 70 percent occupancy in the morning shows. They garnered positive response from the audience and the word of mouth took their business upwards in the afternoon and evening shows. The Ranbir Kapoor was a best Diwali treat for the lovers of musical romance drama, while Shivaay impressed action lovers.

Small political groups opposed the release of Ranbir-starrer in some parts of the country, but it did little to deter the audiences or the film’s box office collections.

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