Shah Rukh Khan's Dunki and Prabhas' Salaar released in theatres on December 21 and December 22, respectively.
With the release of his most recent movie, the action-thriller Salaar, Prabhas appears to be headed for a long-awaited comeback. The pan-Indian movie, which is helmed by Prashanth Neel, is easily surpassing Shah Rukh Khan's Dunki at the box office.
Salaar has already made around Rs 50 crore in advance sales for day one, which is today, whereas Dunki made its debut to roughly Rs 30 crore on opening day.
Salaar's advance sales across languages and territories total over Rs 49 crore, with the Telugu version release leading the charge with about Rs 38 crore, according to the trade website Sacnilk. The Malayalam version has sold tickets worth Rs 2.2 crore, while the Hindi version has sold advance sales of Rs 5.6 crore. Advance sales for the Tamil and Kannada versions came to Rs 1.8 crore and Rs 56 lakh, respectively.
After two consecutive hits with the Baahubali films, Prabhas hasn't had a single hit. Since then, he has acted in high-profile films such as Adipurush, Radhe Shyam, and Saaho but they were all box-office failures.
In the meanwhile, after delivering two blockbusters with Pathaan and Jawan, Shah Rukh Khan's Dunki must cope with quite unimpressive box office receipts and relatively mediocre reviews.
More about Salaar
Prashanth Neel, of KGF fame, directed Salaar: Part 1 - Ceasefire, which is released in Telugu, Hindi Kannada, and Malayalam around the world. Shruti Haasan plays the female protagonist, while Prabhas and Prithviraj Sukumaran play the lead roles. The movie tells the story of Deva and Vardha, played by Prabhas and Sukumaran, respectively, and is set in the made-up city of Khansaar.
More about Dunki
A shared dream between four friends from a Punjab town is to travel to England. The problem is that they are missing both the ticket and the visa. They are promised a ride to the country of their dreams by Hardy, a soldier played by Shah Rukh Khan. Apart from SRK, the film also stars Taapsee Pannu, Vicky Kaushal, and Boman Irani, among others.