Box office: My Name Is Khan vs 3 Idiots vs Veer vs Ghajini

My Name Is Khan has opened to a huge response in India, but SRK fans expecting the film to beat the opening weekend collections of 3 Idiots, would be disappointed.

The film opened to a great response on Friday, but lost close to 2 – 3 crores due to a limited release in Maharastra and few others cities. Saturday saw an unexpected drop at single screens and again lost close to 1 crore in Maharastra. On Sunday, with a release all over, the collections were upto full potential, falling just short of beating the 13.5 crore nett of 3 Idiots.

As promised, here is the weekend comparison between My Name Is Khan, Ghajini, 3 Idiots and Veer. 

My Name Is KhanVeer3 IdiotsGhajini
Day 18 crores7 crores12.5 crores10 crores
Day 29.5 crores6 crores11.5 crores9 crores
Day 312 crores7.5 crores13.5 crores10.5 crores
Total29.5 crores20.5 crores37.5 crores29.5 crores

In order

  1. 3 Idiots (Aamir Khan) – Way ahead in India at the moment.
  2. My Name Is Khan (Shahrukh Khan)  – Suffered due to drop at single screens.
  3. Ghajini (Aamir Khan) – Released more than a year ago and is likely to hold on strongly to the No 2 spot for Week 1 collections.
  4. Veer (Salman Khan) – Suffered due to poor business at multiplexes.

Few points to be noted

  • My Name Is Khan lost around 3 -4 crores on Friday and Saturday. Otherwise, the weekend collections would have been around 33 crores.
  • 3 Idiots weekend would exceed 40 crores if paid previews (2.5 crores) on Thursday is included.
  • My Name Is Khan was strong at single screens on Friday, but dropped on Saturday.
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144 Comments

  • Dont think anyone was expecting My name is Khan to beat 3 idiots? However many expected it to beat Ghajini, which it has equalled.

    What about worldwide gross Indicine, what is your take on that?

  • This is India, worldwide will come up soon. Business in India somehow, for us, holds more importance than overseas. Bollywood is for India and Indians, if a film does well here and doesn’t do well overseas, its considered a success. But not the other way round. Just our opinion though.

    What will be interesting to see is, if MNIK can come close to Ghajini. Which is unlikely, as it isn’t doing well on single screens.

  • mnik smashes all records in overseas….bt in india due to limited release…figures a bit low than 3 ididots….neways mnik will b all time blockbuster…pls watch mnik…awsme movie…watch in thetres..no piracy please…….

  • hey SAMI bro ! where are you ?
    you were waiting for indicine box office report .
    it’s here.
    now what you have to say bro?
    is there anything left to say or not.

  • Indicine: My Name Is Khan lost around 3 -4 crores on Friday and Saturday. Otherwise, the weekend collections would have been around 33 crores.
    this is bcoz of shiva sena (10%) and 90% from Media publicity otherwise mnik will not in concluded in this list.. nowadays no work for media so they r 24/7 showing only about mnik i dont know how many might srk has paid them

  • @Aditya

    Uh, mate my arguemnt is for WORLDWIDE collection, so are argument isnt finished bro, is that cool?

    As ive already said, the excess My name is khan has taken on it first weekend overseas can easily cancel out the 8 crore that 3 idiots has taken moe in its domestic, therefore both cans still achieve the same worldwide 1st weekend gross.

    Remeber Aditya like you said, these collections are net collections, not gross. Wait for MNIK gross.

  • For MNIk it is very hard to get all time blockbuster status even blockbuster status looks impossible.
    In india it will be declared a superhit or just hit. collections will drop significantly on weekdays.

  • Here it is guys, the MY name is Khan has grossed 85 crore worldwide in its opening weekend, has broken Ghajini guya worldwide, but behind 3 idiots. And by the way Aditya, these are GROSS COLLECTIONS.

    MUMBAI: My Name Is Khan has grossed Rs 850 million (Rs 85 crore) worldwide in its opening weekend

    Even the fact that it was a non-holiday 3-day weekend vis a vis both the previous high grossing films, which had 4-day Christmas weekends, did not prove to be a deterrent for Shah Rukh Khan. The movie has smashed existing global opening records in every country in which it was released this weekend.

    My Name is Khan has scorched screens worldwide and raked in Rs 850 million (Rs 85 crore) ($ 18 million) worldwide in three days making it the biggest ever three-day collection worldwide ever.

    “The most exciting part is that the worldwide collections jumped every day from Friday to Saturday to Sunday. This shows that the audience is absolutely loving Rizvan and Mandira,” says Vijay Singh, CEO Fox Star Studios.

    Sunday GBO in markets like US, Australia, UK & Middle East set new records for the Biggest single day internationally for a Bollywood movie.

    Just to give a sense of scale, the overall weekend collections of MNIK have been double of closest competitor 3 Idiots worldwide.

    Sanford Panitch, president of FIP, was esctatic over the results, saying, “While initially driven by the power of this extraordinary cast and director, it is My Name Is Khan as a film that has captivated audiences everywhere we have opened. An incredible start to this powerful and moving film.”

    In India, despite the issues in Maharashtra, Gujarat, Indore and other centres on Friday & part of Saturday, the film has opened exceptionally well. In states where the film opened normally, including Delhi-UP, West Bengal, Tamil Nadu, Kerela, the collections have been the highest ever.

    Anything to say Aditya?

  • Sami… you say it has not broken 3 Idiots record. But article says weekend is double. confused.. can you explain pls?

  • @Suniel

    I go by the bare facts

    3 idiots GROSS worldwide weekend collection(4 day): 93 crore

    My name is Khan GROSS wordlwide weekend collection(3 day): 85 crore

    Ghajini GROSS wordlwide weekend collection(4 day): 71 crores

  • SAMI dude!
    from where you have got this article?
    you say that collections are behind 3 idiots but article says something else.
    even if it has grossed 85 cr,it is way behind 3 idiots which grossed 93 cr.
    you were not accepting that 3 idiots has grossed 93 cr.u called these collections as fake.
    then how have you accepted these numbers of mnik.

  • indicine::
    its an ok news for SRK fans…but collection of a film is not only frm india… we get a huge amount frm overseas also… in overseas it has easily broken 3 idiots….now we r eager to know the total collection (india + overseas)…wil it beat 3 idiots.. thats the only suspense for us…

  • @ Aditya

    The article is from the financial express, check it out.

    The collections of My Name is Khan are well in front as it has only been 3 days and the reason ive accepted it is becuase Ghajini/3 idiots where four day weekends due to Christmas as the article says. My name is khan had only a non-holiday 3 day weekend, im willing to bet My name is Khan will gross at least 8 crore worldwide today, and therefore its 4 day worldwide gross will be the same as 3 idiots, I must be really annoying you now, musn’t I?

  • sami
    you said that ghajini 4 day gross was 71cr.
    i remember the news that ghajini’s 5 day gross was 110cr.so this means that ghajini grossed 39cr on fifth day.is that true.
    also 3idiots weekand was from friday to sunday and weekand gross is 93cr.it grossed more than 100 cr in 4 days.why are you saying that 93cr gross is for 4 days?

  • My Name Is Khan grosses Rs 850 million worldwide in opening weekend
    Story By: Businessofcinema.com Team updated on: Feb 15, 2010

    MUMBAI: My Name Is Khan has grossed Rs 850 million (Rs 85 crore) worldwide in its opening weekend

    Even the fact that it was a non-holiday 3-day weekend vis a vis both the previous high grossing films, which had 4-day Christmas weekends, did not prove to be a deterrent for Shah Rukh Khan. The movie has smashed existing global opening records in every country in which it was released this weekend.

    My Name is Khan has scorched screens worldwide and raked in Rs 850 million (Rs 85 crore) ($ 18 million) worldwide in three days making it the biggest ever three-day collection worldwide ever.

    “The most exciting part is that the worldwide collections jumped every day from Friday to Saturday to Sunday. This shows that the audience is absolutely loving Rizvan and Mandira,” says Vijay Singh, CEO Fox Star Studios.

    Sunday GBO in markets like US, Australia, UK & Middle East set new records for the Biggest single day internationally for a Bollywood movie.

    Just to give a sense of scale, the overall weekend collections of MNIK have been double of closest competitor 3 Idiots worldwide.

    Sanford Panitch, president of FIP, was esctatic over the results, saying, “While initially driven by the power of this extraordinary cast and director, it is My Name Is Khan as a film that has captivated audiences everywhere we have opened. An incredible start to this powerful and moving film.”

    In India, despite the issues in Maharashtra, Gujarat, Indore and other centres on Friday & part of Saturday, the film has opened exceptionally well. In states where the film opened normally, including Delhi-UP, West Bengal, Tamil Nadu, Kerela, the collections have been the highest ever.

  • Former superstar Shahrukh ‘Pakistan is a great neighbor’ Khan’s My Name is Khan has had a decent run at the U.S. box office.

    But not as good as Bollywood’s new King Khan Aamir Khan’s 3 Idiots.

    Former King Khan SRK’s My Name is Khan had an opening gross of $1.86 million for the February 12-14, 2010 three-day weekend, according to Box Office Mojo estimates.

    Aamir Khan’s 3 Idiots had an opening gross of $2.15 million for the five-day weekend.

    *****Attention, schmucks: Keep in mind that the numbers for My Name is Khan are estimates while the numbers for 3 Idiots are actuals. We’re assuming the actual figures for My Name is Khan won’t diverge sharply from the estimates.

    Aamir Khan’s 3 Idiots – Clear Winner
    Since it doesn’t make sense to compare the opening gross for a three-day weekend film (My Name is Khan) to a five-day weekend film (3 Idiots), let us look at the average gross numbers, which should help us to compare the performance of the two films.

    Here, Aamir Khan’s 3 Idiots is the clear winner with an average gross of $18,060 while former superstar Shahrukh Khan’s My Name is Khan could muster an average gross of only $15,500.

    Aamir Khan’s Ghajini (five-day weekend) also had a higher average gross of $16,717.

  • I didnt know 3 idiots grossed 93 crores. How are they in the article saying it did double then? Shows the article is full of wrong facts.

    I am a fan of srk but seeing the way the media is praising the film with 5 stars even i get a feeling that some of the reviews were paid :(

    anyways what do Veer khan fans have to say on this :D 3 idiots is double of Veer and mnik without mumbai and pune on friday is 30% more :D

  • @ Aditya

    pologies, Ghajini 4 day weekend gross is in fact 84 crore worldwide. Misplaced numbers.

    It grossed around 25 crore worldwide on 5th day, which since it happened is very possible.

  • SARA
    veer is not a flop.
    acc to boxoffice india it has got a below avg status.
    major part of the collections was from single screen which shows the superstardom of salman khan.
    altough veer was an avg movie,it still worked only and only because of salman khan.

  • ‘@ Aditya, visit Box office mojo

    and youll find out how misleading the article is , the fact of the matter is that they are comparing a 5 day net gross to a 3 day net gross, does that not strike you as unfair?

    for your information (and this is verified on box office mojo)

    My name is Khan 3 days: Feb 12-14 $ 1.8 million from 120 theaters screen average $15, 500

    3 idiots 3 days : Dec 25-27 $1.65 million from 119 theaters average $13, 828

    3 idiots released in one less theater and STILL its screen average in three days is LOWER.

    So what do you have to say Aditya, im enjoying this, im not even an SRK fan but strike me as an idiot, so lets keep this war of words up.

  • hey SAMI!
    why are you saying that 93cr is 4 day gross?
    4 day gross for 3 idiots was over a 100cr as far as i know.
    im still waiting for your answer.

  • Ill also like to add Aditya, that at least what for My name is khans 5 day gross in USA before making comparisions between it and 3 idiots (of which the 5 day gross is being used), im sure your not that stupid.

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