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Chennai Express crosses 150 crore

Bollywood Hungama   August 16, 2013
First Published: 17:53 IST(16/8/2013) | Last Updated: 17:56 IST(16/8/2013)

Chennai Express is on a record-breaking spree. The Shah Rukh Khan-Deepika Padukone starrer whizzed past the coveted Rs. 100 crore mark just four days after its release and currently stands at Rs113 crore. The film hit theatres on Eid (Friday, August 9), and even had some paid previews the previous night.

After breaking records for paid previews, opening day and opening weekend previews, Shah Rukh Khan-starrer Chennai Express has collected Rs. 156.7 crore in a week. The Rohit Shetty's directorial venture also became the fastest to enter Rs. 100 crore club in three days. 

(Week one breakup:- PP 6.75 cr, Fri 33.12 cr, Sat 28.05 cr, Sun 32.50 cr, Mon 12.62 cr, Tue 11.50 cr, Wed 12.56 cr, Thu 19.60 cr. Total 156.70 cr. )

Trade experts are of the opinion that with Rs. 33.13 crore as opening-day collections, the film has beaten the record set by Salman Khan’s Ek Tha Tiger (ETT; 2012). Also an Eid release, it had collected Rs. 30.72 on the first day. “They may or may not have broken records, but in many single screens, CE has collected in three days what ETT did in a week. Now, all eyes are on the record set by 3 Idiots (2009) as the highest grossing Indian film,” says trade analyst Amod Mehra.

Meanwhile, the makers couldn’t be more thrilled. “The film has shown amazing sustenance since its opening day and on Monday. It shows how well it is being accepted and loved by the audiences. This is the only reason why it has successfully created a new benchmark at the box office,” Gaurav Verma, director, India Theatrical Distribution, Studios, Disney UTV.

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