Here’s a comparison between the biggest blockbuster of 2012 – Salman Khan’s Ek Tha Tiger – and a film that is likely to be the biggest blockbuster of 2013 so far – Shahrukh Khan’s Chennai Express.
Update: In 5 days, Chennai Express has collected 124.55 crore (including paid previews). In the same number of days, Ek Tha Tiger crossed the 100 crore mark collecting Rs 100.15. CE is still leading the race by around 24.3 crores.
Update 21st August: Chennai Express now needs less than Rs 7 crores to go past the second biggest grosser of all time – Ek Tha Tiger.
|Day||Chennai Express||Ek Tha Tiger|
|Day 1||33.12 crores (Eid Holiday)||32.92 crores (Holiday)|
|Day 2||28.06 crores||14.52 crores|
|Day 3||32.5 crores (Sunday)||12.90 crores|
|Day 4||12.62 crores||16.75 crores|
|Day 5||11.50 crores||23.06 crores (Sunday)|
|Day 6||12.56 crores||20.64 crores (Holiday EID)|
|Day 7||19.60 crores (Independence Day)||16.31 crores|
|First Week||156.71 crores (7 days + paid previews)||137.15 crores|
|Day 8||6.48 crore||10.45 crores|
|Day 9||8.51 crore||6.61 crores|
|Day 10||10.22 crore (Sunday)||4.53 crores|
|Day 11||3.80 crore||7.00 crores|
|Day 12||7.06 crore (Raksha Bandhan)||9.18 crores (Sunday)|
|Day 13||4.51 crore||2.92 crores|
|Day 14||3.25 crore||2.60 crores|
|Two Week Total||200.54 crores||180.44 crores|
|Day 15||-||2.39 crores|
|Day 16||-||1.97 crores|
|Day 17||-||1.25 crores|
|Day 18||-||2.11 crores|
|Day 19||-||3.15 crores (Sunday)|
|Day 20||-||0.88 crore|
|Day 21||-||0.86 crore|
|Three Week Total||-||193.05 crores|
|Day 22||-||1.04 crore|
|Day 23||-||0.71 crore|
|Day 24||-||0.42 crore|
|Total till fourth weekend||-||195.22 crores|
|Remaining weeks||-||4.38 crores|
|Lifetime Collections||200.54 crores (14.5 days)||199.6 crores|
A few interesting points for box office fanatics out here. Those interested in just the numbers, scroll straight to the table below.
1. The first day collections of both Ek Tha Tiger and Chennai Express are about the same, with the SRK starrer edging ahead by just 0.2 crore. Even though CE had one of the widest releases for a ‘paid preview’ it still managed to beat the record. However, taking all the various factors into considering like hiked ticket prices, higher screen count, pre-Eid release and higher number of footfalls, Ek Tha Tiger is slightly ahead as far as the opening day in concerned.
2. Chennai Express came into its own from Day 2 and collected a record breaking Rs 60.66 crore on Saturday and Sunday. In comparison, Ek Tha Tiger crashed by 55% on its second day and had even lower collections on Day 3 of its release. Again, comparisons are unfair simply because both those days were working days for ETT and also came during the pre-Eid period when the muslim section of the audience prefer not to go out and watch films. For Chennai Express, Saturday was a holiday in most parts of the country and Sunday, quite obviously, was also a holiday.
3. Since the opening days are almost equal, if we compare the Eid holidays of both films i.e Sunday and Monday for Ek Tha Tiger (Rs 43.7 crore), Saturday and Sunday of Chennai Express (Rs 60.66 cr), the business the two films generated is much closer even though CE is comfortably the leader.
In the next few days, it’ll be interesting to see how Chennai Express trends. Can the film beat Ek Tha Tiger, and while doing so, can it beat 3 Idiots? Remember, ETT had no major competition for weeks, but CE has Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai Dobaara releasing less than a week after its theatrical release. What sort of an impact will that have on CE? Bookmark and stay tuned to this page, it will be updated everyday!