Chennai Express opened to a fantastic response at the box office on Thursday, as the paid-previews collected around 6 – 6.5 crores at the domestic box office. Released on approximately 800 screens across the country, the response to Rohit Shetty’s latest action-comedy was phenomenal all over India.
Even though a few shows at Cinepolis multiplexes were cancelled due to technical reasons, the Shahrukh Khan starrer managed to break the 4 year old record of 3 Idiots which collected Rs 2.75 crore a day before its actual release on 25th December 2009.
With most multiplexes running 11-12 shows between 6 – 11PM on Thursday, Chennai Express had by far the biggest release for a ‘paid preview’ on Thursday, with average occupancy of around 75-80%.
Chennai Express has fared exceptionally well in Mumbai, Mysore, West Bengal and South India. In Punjab, C.I, UP, Bihar the film was slightly below the mark.
A few single-screens also screened the film last evening. The response wasn’t great, occupancy was around 40-50%.