Aamir Khan has comprehensively beaten Shahrukh Khan, not just at the domestic box office, but in territories where SRK is considered to be in a league of his own and way ahead of the competition.
Aamir’s latest release Dhoom 3 has collected around $12 million (73 crore) in the overseas markets in its first weekend, which is about 46% more than the business generated by Chennai Express. The SRK starrer grossed around $8.2 million (Rs 50.8 crore) in 3 days including paid previews in various countries.
What should also not be forgotten is the fact that, Dhoom 3 released during the ‘Pre-Christmas’ period which is considered to be dull for films released in countries like USA, Canada, UK and Australia. Also, the ‘Eid’ period when Chennai Express released is huge in countries like UAE/GCC and Pakistan.
Dhoom 3 has also beaten the lifetime overseas business of Krrish 3 in just 3 days. The film could go on to cross Rs 100 crore in the overseas markets by the end of Week 1 and could beat the total collections of Chennai Express in its second weekend.
It is also likely to gross more than 3 Idiots (currently the biggest grosser) and My Name Is Khan, to set new benchmarks in the international business. What remains to be seen is if Dhoom 3 can cross the Rs 150 crore mark, which no film has managed to do so far.