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On record! SRK's Chennai Express beats biggies at BO

Bollywood Hungama News Network   August 12, 2013
First Published: 13:38 IST(12/8/2013) | Last Updated: 14:02 IST(12/8/2013)

Shah Rukh and Deepika starrer Chennai Express has been one of the most keenly awaited films of this year. The film released last Friday on a grand scale in India and overseas. As predicted by most trade gurus, the film broke most of the previously held records by other biggies as of now. In this feature, we take a look at some of the records that the film has broken in India as well as overseas in its 3 day run and Thursday night previews.

Previews that paid
In India, Chennai Express collected Rs. 6.75 cr in paid previews, overtaking the record held by 3 Idiots, which had collected Rs. 2.7 cr. On the other hand, in UK, it collected £ 142,220 in Thursday night previews, setting a new record yet again. It crossed the preview figures of My Name Is Khan, Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna, 3 Idiots and Ek Tha Tiger.

A still from SRK's Chennai Express

Smashing start
Coming to the Opening Day, Chennai Express collected Rs. 33.12 cr in India. With this, the film broke the previous held highest record by Ek Tha Tiger, which had opened at Rs. 32.93 cr. Obviously, the film broke Shah Rukh's own earlier highest record, held by Ra.One at Rs. 18.5 crores. As of now, Chennai Express holds the record of Highest Day 1 collections ever by a Bollywood movie.

Smooth second day
Chennai Express collected Rs. 28.15 cr on the second day. It, therefore also has the Highest Day 2 collections ever for a Bollywood
movie in India.

Bigger than the biggies
If we look at the biggest openers of 2013, again Chennai Express shoots way higher than any other release of 2013 with the Opening Day collection of Rs. 33.12 cr followed by Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani which opened with Rs. 19.45 cr.

Overseas moolah
On the other hand, the SRK starrer is on a record-smashing spree in UK as well. The film collected £ 258,598 on Friday, making it the highest opening day for a Hindi movie in UK.

Fastest 100 cr club member
The film, also has to its credit of scoring the fastest Rs. 100 crore at the Box Office (in 4 days), thus beating Salman's Ek Tha Tiger's record of Rs. 100 crore in 5 days.

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