Chennai Express has passed the Monday test, as the film was steady all over collecting 12.62 cr at the domestic box office. Major cities had normal drops, while single-screens in smaller centres fell by around 70%. But in today’s time the contribution from single-screens is lesser than 20% even for major films that do well universally, so the Shahrukh Khan starrer remained unaffected on its first weekday.
However, Chennai Express failed to beat the highest non-holiday Monday record, which belongs to Ranbir Kapoor’s Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani (Rs 12.7 cr). Its the first record the film has failed to beat since its release last weekend.
The Rohit Shetty directed film has already collected Rs 113.05 crore in 4 days and is likely to do business of around 133-135 cr in its first 6 days (including paid previews). Chennai Express then has a major competitor in Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai Dobaara, which is scheduled to release in theatres on Independence Day.
It remains to be seen what sort of impact the release of OUATIMD has. The number of shows and screens that the film manages to hold on to, will also decide if it can sustain well enough to cross the 200 crore mark!
- Paid Previews – 6.75 crore (record)
- Friday – 33.12 crore (record)
- Saturday – 28.06 crore (record)
- Sunday – 32.5 crore (record)
- Monday – 12.62 crore (2nd highest non-holiday, 3rd highest overall)
- Total – 113.05 crore