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Chennai Express speeds ahead, becomes highest grosser of 2013

Hindustantimes.com  New Delhi, August 21, 2013
First Published: 13:26 IST(21/8/2013) | Last Updated: 14:14 IST(21/8/2013)

After breaking records overseas and becoming the fastest Rs. 100 crore grosser, SRK starrer Chennai Express is now the biggest grosser of 2013. It is also the third biggest grosser of all times in India.

Trade analyst Taran Adarsh tweeted on Wednesday: "#ChennaiExpress crosses #YJHD... Becomes the BIGGEST grosser of 2013 thus far... THIRD BIGGEST grosser of all times in India."

Rs 200 cr club ahead
The film is also on the brink of reaching Rs. 200 crore soon. "#ChennaiExpress [Week 2]: Fri 6.50 cr, Sat 8.51 cr, Sun 10.22 cr, Mon 3.80 cr, Tue 7.06 cr. Grand total: Rs. 192.85 cr nett. FANTABULOUS!" Tweeted Adarsh.


HIT EXPRESS: SRK, Deepika in Chennai Express

Overseas reception
"In US-Canada, Chennai Express stands behind Aamir's 3 Idiots which continues to hold the highest Opening Week record at $ 3,626,536," according to Bollywood Hungama.

"In the UK, surprisingly, its SRK starrer My Name Is Khan which continues to hold the highest BO record at £1,511,602. In Australia, again it's My Name Is Khan leading the pack with the collection of A$ 588,738 followed by 3 Idiots which collected A$ 556,000. And finally, coming to New Zealand, it is Salman Khan starrer Ek Tha Tiger that rules the top position with NZ$ 176,143 w.r.t. the comparison between movies mentioned in this chart. However, it is Akshay starrer Housefull 2 which has the highest BO record in NZ with a collection of NZ$ 258, 598," added Hungama.



Star speak

SRK is excited about his film's success. He told Hindustan Times: “I am quite amazed."

“It’s not just places in India — like Bihar or Mumbai or other places where I (usually) get a good reaction from the audience in the movie theatres. (I’ve got reactions) from Mauritius to Montana (USA). When you get calls from America, London, South Africa and Peru… it’s quite cool,”  SRK added.

Shah Rukh adds, “I am surprised by a lot of the overseas reactions, to be honest. Overseas (audiences) normally tend to like basic love stories, or that is what everyone thought. So I am quite amazed. I am now very confident about the film."

But is SRK repeating his 'Raj' act?
Shubhra Gupta of Indian Express writes in her column. "Chennai Express is back to re-revisiting the template of the 18-year-old Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jaayenge that most beloved of Shah Rukh hits, which is also a monstrous albatross: how many more times can he credibly play a dulha wanting to take his dulhaniya away?" While we concur with her, we would like to know your opinion. Take this poll and tell us.

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