‘Chennai Express’ beats ‘Ek Tha Tiger’, earns 33 crore on day one

Shahrukh Khan and Deepika Padukone starrer ‘Chennai Express’ starts off well with a 80-90% occupancy in maximum theatres of India. Despite receiving mixed review from critics, there is not stopping for Shahrukh Khan’s fans and with full enthusiasm they arrived at their nearest cinema hall to catch up Shahrukh Khan’s Eid release ‘Chennai Express’. The film has earned a decent amount of 33.12 crore in the opening day which is higher compared to the first day collection of Salman Khan starrer, ‘Ek Tha Tiger’.

Opened in approximately 3500 screens across the country on August 9, the film benefited from the Eid holiday as many people turned up to watch Shahrukh Khan’s flick together. Shahrukh Khan is overwhelmed with the positive response of the movie and he held a press conference at his Mannat premises yesterday which was also joined by the film’s director Rohit Shetty.

King Khan said that he can stop smiling with the film’s response.

"I can't stop smiling. Till the time I don't stop smiling, the excitement won't settle down," Shahrukh said at a press conference held here Friday.

The conference was held at the compound of Mannat and was also attended by ‘Chennai Express’ director Rohit Shetty. 

SRK said that he is happy with the initial response, but he wants to wait for some more days to see how far the film goes.

"It is nice that the film is doing well. I want to wait for three to four days. I am happy that people have liked the film and it has opened well," he said.

However, he didn't know how much the film has made at the box-office.

"I don't know how much (business) it has done till now. I just woke up. If a big film releases, I try to refrain for at least two to three days (from counting the collections)," he said.

Shahrukh Khan added that the film has a message and basically women are portrayed in a positive way.

"The film has a message, but it is not on the face. The film is a made up story. She (The female character played by Deepika Padukone) is a strong woman who runs away from home. We have made a point in the film without making a point of it," he said.

The background of the movie is South Indian, and it has many Tamil dialogues sans subtitles. SRK maintains, "The idea was to show the audience what the hero is going through. Also, love has no language. If we start explaining, then the point is lost. It will spoil the creativity," he added.