Mumbai, Aug 27 (): The top slot held by Aamir Khan’s 3 idiots as the biggest grosser ever for the past 3.5 years has been shattered by the roaring response of Shah Rukh Khan’s Chennai Express. After surpassing the domestic box office collections of 3 idiots, Chennai Express is steadily moving up to score well.
On Saturday afternoon, trade analyst Taran Adarsh tweeted, “Chennai Express 3rd week update (Fri- 2.12 cr), (week 2 – 43.85 cr), (week 1 – 156.70 cr), cumulative- 202.67 cr which makes it the biggest grosser ever”.
He added, “Aamir Khan’s 3 Idiots total collection was 202.47 cr.” It took nearly four years for a film to break 3 Idiots’ record.
Another independent distributor and box office analyst Suniel Wadhwa said, “Chennai Express has conquered the box office in just two weeks and by Saturday it will cross the biggest grosser – 3 Idiots’ box office collection of 202.47 cr which has been ruling since 2009. The record has been broken after 3.5 years.”
After breaking the record, the Shah Rukh Khan starrer is still counting. Trade analyst Taran Adarsh tweeted, “ChennaiExpress [Week 3] Fri 2.12 cr, Sat 3.61 cr, Sun 4.75 cr, Mon 1.63 cr. Grand total: Rs 212.66 cr. All Time Blockbuster”.
Exhibitors are happy with the performance of Chennai Express. Experts say with innovative marketing, brand tie-ups and most importantly SRK’s power as a definite King, has paid off great at box office not only for investors but also for the exhibitors and audience.
Chennai Express seems unstoppable and the film is still going strong at the box office. Experts predict the movie is likely to garner 20-25 cr more making it in 230 cr bracket. This film has also made a new mark in Tamil Nadu for Hindi films with its highest Hindi film collection.
CE has become the second Hindi film to cross Rs 100 crore mark in the international mark after Aamir Khan’s 3 Idiots. The movie has collected Rs 100+ crores nett at the overseas Box Office in 17 days. 3 Idiots holds the top position with its foreign business of Rs 150+ crores nett.