Update: Chennai Express needs just Rs 5 crores to go past the 202 crore mark. Henceforth, it will no longer be 3 Idiots vs any other film, but Chennai Express vs every other film!
|Day||3 Idiots||Chennai Express|
|Preview||2.5 crores||6.75 crores|
|Day 1||12.5 crores (Holiday Christmas)||33.12 crore (Eid Holiday)|
|Day 2||11.5 crores||28.06 crore|
|Day 3||13.5 crores (Sunday)||32.5 crore (Sunday)|
|Day 4||11 crores||12.62 crores|
|Day 5||9.5 crores||11.50 crores|
|Day 6||9 crores||12.56 crores|
|Day 7||10 crores||19.60 crores (Independence Day)|
|First Week||79.5 crores||156.71 crores (7 days + paid previews)|
|Day 8||11 crores (New Year)||6.48 crore|
|Day 9||10.5 crores||8.51 crore|
|Day 10||12.5 crores (Sunday)||10.22 crore (Sunday)|
|Day 11||6 crores||3.80 crore|
|Day 12||5.75 crores||7.06 crore (Raksha Bandhan)|
|Day 13||5.25 crores||4.51 crore|
|Day 14||5 crores||3.25 crore|
|Two Week Total||136 crores||200.54 crores|
|Day 15||4 crores||2.12 crore|
|Day 16||7 crores||-|
|Day 17||8 crores (Sunday)||-|
|Day 18||3.25 crores||-|
|Day 19||3 crores||-|
|Day 20||2.75 crores||-|
|Day 21||2.5 crores||-|
|Three Week Total||166.5 crores||-|
|Day 22||2.25 crores||-|
|Day 23||3.25 crores||-|
|Day 24||4 crores (Sunday)||-|
|Total till fourth weekend||176 crores||-|
|Remaining weeks||26.5 crores||-|
|Lifetime Collections||202.5 crores||202.66 crores (15.5 days)|
When 3 Idiots released way back in 2009, no film other than Aamir Khan’s very own Ghajini had crossed the 100 crore mark. While trade pundits were confident that Rajkumar Hirani’s third film as director would break all records, 3 Idiots shocked the entire industry and the trade when the film went on an absolutely historic run at the box office. Records tumbled, and the classic almost doubled the collections of Ghajini.
Since then, more than 1000 Hindi films have released and almost all records set by 3 Idiots have been broken. But one magical figure stands tall – the 202 crore lifetime business, which is probably equivalent to 250 crore or more in today’s times. Two films came close – Salman Khan’s Ek Tha Tiger and Ranbir Kapoor’s Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani – but both fell short.
Which brings us to Rohit Shetty’s Chennai Express, a film that has broken almost all records – Highest first day / Saturday / Sunday / Weekend / first week – you name it! Shahrukh Khan’s first mass-entertainer in ages has collected Rs 156.7 crore so far in just 7 days, and looks set to cross the lifetime collections of 3 Idiots.
But with competition from Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai Dobaara this week, which will result in fewer screens and shows, Chennai Express might either cruise past 200 crores, get agonisingly close and fall short or struggle to get there.
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