Single Day Box Office Records

The very fact that films like Chennai Express and Ek Tha Tiger have managed to collect 30 crore or more on a single day at the domestic box office alone, is staggering. Most medium-budget films struggle to collect 30 crore in their entire theatrical run, even a few major releases starring A-List superstars have failed to cross 30 crore in the first 3 days.

For records, getting the timing of the release right is crucial. If the opening day is not a holiday, it is almost impossible for the 30 crore barrier to be breached. While Dhoom 3 later this year might just about manage to change that, there was a time, not too long ago, when a film earning Rs 5 crore on a single day was a big deal.

Single Day Records

Single Day Records

Hrithik Roshan’s Krrish in 2006 was the first film to collect Rs 5 crore on a single day. Two years later, Aamir Khan’s Ghajini collected more than 10 crores to become the first film in history to net 10 crore in one day, something that was unheard of before.

Then, a year later, Dabangg came and conquered the box office. Since then, its been all Salman. Bodyguard shattered box office records with 20.6 crore on its opening day, a year later Ek Tha Tiger became the first film to do 30 crores of business.

Single day milestones:

  • 5 crore – Krrish (Hrithik Roshan, Priyanka Chopra)
  • 10 crore – Ghajini (Aamir Khan, Asin)
  • 15 crores – Dabangg (Salman Khan, Sonakshi Sinha)
  • 20 crores – Bodyguard (Salman Khan, Kareena Kapoor)
  • 25 crores – Ek Tha Tiger (Salman Khan, Katrina Kaif)
  • 30 crores – Ek Tha Tiger (Salman Khan, Katrina Kaif)

Coming to the highest single day collections, Shahrukh Khan and Salman Khan dominate the list taking as many as 8 slots in the Top 10. What’s also worth mentioning is the fact that the Eid / Independence day weekend has been huge for the industry. Both Chennai Express and Ek Tha Tiger were Eid releases. While most records were created on a holiday, the only film to make it to the Top 10 on a working day is Salman’s Dabangg 2.

Highest Single Day Collections – Top 10

  • Chennai Express – 33.12 crore (first day)
  • Ek Tha Tiger – 32.92 crores (first day)
  • Chennai Express – 32.5 crore (third day)
  • Chennai Express – 28.06 crore (second day)
  • Dabangg 2 – 25 crore (third day)
  • Ra One – 24.3 crore (second day, all versions)
  • Ek Tha Tiger – 23.06 crore (fifth day)
  • Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani – 22.5 crore (third day)
  • Agneepath – 21.9 crore (first day)
  • Dabangg 2 – 21 crore (first day, non-holiday)

Note: Unless mentioned, all the above days were National holidays or Sundays. The second day of Chennai Express was a holiday in parts of the country.

It’ll be interesting to see how this list changes with the release of Besharam, Krrish 3 and Dhoom 3 – all of which release during the holiday season this year.



  • Hrithik’s movies always open it have a fair chance of 35 crs and it deserves it.
    India should feel proud for k3.the only indian superhero.

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  • krrish 3 has to do the unthinkable..i wont be surprised it it clocks 40 crores or near 40 crores on first day…
    as of dhoom 3, it should be the first non-holiday friday o go over 25 crores if not 30

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  • The Khans are the biggest milestone themselves in history of Bollywood

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  • krrish made 5 crores in 2006 which was the highest opening day record, after 7 years it will be again krrish 3 grossing the record breaking opening! mark my words!

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  • There is little doubt that this list will change very frequently. Records are meant to be broken, especially the opening records in a fast growing market.

    It would be insane if Dhoom 3 manages to do a 30 cr + first day which is a working day. Honestly, lifetime collections could be under threat or highest sunday collection, but for the film to open 30+ on a working day would surely change benchmarks. 40 cr then for a big film on a national holiday would be very gettable….

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  • Dhoom 3 won’t be that huge but Krish 3 has huge potential. I think everyone is under-estimating Krish brand value and Hrithik star power here and over-estimating Aamir khan script sense whose movie always have been liked by some section of audience and disliked by universal audience in most times apart from 3 idiots. If krish 3 couldn’t able to beat Chennai Express then Iam 100% sure this year no other films has any sort of chance

    My prediction for 3 big films lifetime
    Besharam : 140 crs max ( unless some magic happens )
    Krish 3 : 180 min ( if negative to mixed response or else if it got mixed to positive response then 250+ crs for sure)
    Dhoom 3 : 170 crs max due to 3 open weeks ( most probably movie will be liked by some section and disliked by other section of audkence)

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  • Since they have arrived till now khans dominates in every single department
    Hats off to them they are bigger then Amitabh, Dilip etc etc

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  • Hrithik was always among the top, he has always broken records, with Krrish 3 he will show his real power !! #Krrish3WillRule

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  • Top category actors are:
    1: Shahrukh Khan
    2: Salman Khan
    3: Amir Khan
    4: Hrithik Roshan
    5: Ranbir Kapoor

    Srk and Salman names are enough for an average movie to become a Hit.
    Amir, Hrithik, Ranbir & other actor’s movies depend on Script thats i am noted from 2 years.

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  • Dhoom 3 is getting a festival release, but not a holiday release. it’s holiday is after 5 days since it’s opening. i think it’s a bad decision to release dhoom 3 on 20th instead of Christmas day (25) unless the movie is super good.

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  • This clearly shows that hrithik is the only actor who always gives tough competition to khans….
    Dhoom 2 was almost close to 10 cr(real 8.5 cr)
    agneepath was almost close to 25 cr(24cr)

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  • “Dhoom 3” and “Krrish 3” will surely collect 35+ in a single day and that day can be the opening day,2nd day or 3rd day.Both movies r carrying huge buzz and releasing with huge number of screens so 35+ in a single day is surely on the cards.

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