Will 'Chennai Express' set a new record at the box-office?

Chennai Express is the new film of Shah Rukh Khan which is slated to be released this eid on 8th August – a trend that has till now, been followed by Salman Khan. With several films making history at the box office, Chennai express has a tough competition. It promises to be a fun filled entertainer that portrays the clash of cultures as a young man from Mumbai travels to Rameswaram and falls in love with a Tamil girl. But, it remains to be seen whether the film can create box office history.

The highest opening day collection is Rs. 32.92 crores earned by Salman Khan’s Ek tha tiger. This is also the highest single day collection by any film. This is followed by Ra.One which collected Rs. 25 crores, though not on the opening day. Other significant opening day collections were Rs. 23 crores by Agneepath and Rs. 21 crores by Bodyguard. So, the film faces a tough competition.

The highest opening weekend of 2013 belongs to the Ranbir Kapoor Deepika Padukone starrer Yeh Jawani hai Diwani which collected Rs. 62.11 crores. The record in this respect is held by Dabangg 2 starring Salman Khan which earned Rs.63.6 crores in its opening weekend. Can Chennai Express break this record?

There is little doubt that the film will enter the hundred crore club, but the question is how long will it take to do so? The record in this respect is held by two films, both starring Salman Khan which took 6 days. These films are Dabangg 2 and Ek tha tiger. Shah Rukh’s film which entered the club fastest, taking 10 days in Ra. One.

The film can turn out to be the hat trick film for Deepika Padukone as well. This year, her Race 2 and Yeh jawani hai diwani has easily entered the hundred crore club and this may be the lucky third film.

The highest lifetime collection record is held by 3 idiots by Amir Khan which is RS. 202 crores. Though Chennai Express is aiming at Rs. 200 crores, it remains to be seen whether it can make a new record.

Several of Shah Rukh Khan’s films have done very well overseas. But the record is held by 3 idiots which earned $25 million followed by My name is Khan which earned $23 million. This may be Shah Rukh’s chance to top the charts.