After smashing all existing box office records on Friday, Chennai Express is set to cross the 60 crore mark on Saturday as morning shows across the country were running to 60-70% occupancy. Noon shows were even better at close to 75-80% occupancy, several shows were running to capacity.
With tomorrow being a national holiday (Sunday), the advance booking for the evening and night shows is excellent. Most shows at multiplexes are sold out in advance. Business in premium multiplexes is about 10-15% higher than a film like Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani which collected around 20 crores on Day 2.
The Saturday collections of Chennai Express is almost certain to be in excess of 20 crores, but the record-breaking business on Friday was largely due to good / fantastic collections from single-screens in B and C centres. It is in these centres that the Shahrukh Khan starrer has slightly under-performed today, which is normal given the fact that today is a working day in some parts of the country.
We expect the business to be around 24-25 crores, and the second day record currently held by SRK’s Ra One (25 crore) could well be history when the final collections come in tomorrow.
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