Opening January 25: Kaabil and Raees

The first big Bollywood clash of 2017 takes place on January 25 with the release of Kaabil and Raees. Kaabil — starring Hrithik Roshan and Yami Gautam — gets the wider release of the two films in the Chicago area.

Kaabil opens on Wednesday at MovieMax Cinemas in Niles, Muvico Rosemont 18 in Rosemont, AMC South Barrington 30 in South Barrington, Marcus Addison Cinema in Addison, Century Stratford Square in Bloomingdale, Regal Cantera Stadium 17 in Warrenville, and AMC Loews Woodridge 18 in Woodridge. It has a listed runtime of 2 hrs. 20 min.

Opposite Kaabil is Raees, a gangster drama starring Shah Rukh Khan. Even though it’s opening in fewer local theaters (and presumably fewer theaters nationally), I expect Raees to emerge the winner at the North American box office based on SRK’s star power alone.

Raees opens on Wednesday at MovieMax, Rosemont 18, South Barrington 30, Cantera 17, Woodridge 18, and AMC River East 21 in Chicago. It has a listed runtime of 2 hrs. 30 min.

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