‘Chennai Express’ is unstoppable, earns 156 crores

There is not stopping for Shahrukh Khan and Deepika Padukone starrer ‘Chennai Express’. The film is one of the biggest grosser of 2013 till now. It entered into 100 crore club in just three days of its release and now the film has made a grand total of 156.70 crores at the box-office. Released only last during during Eid, the film is running house-full in many theatres of India.

It is expected that very soon ‘Chennai Express’ will enter 200 crore and break the record of Aamir Khan’s ‘3 Idiots’. Being a holiday on the Independence day, the film made a good business. In just three days of the film release, it has joined the 100 crore club and made Rs 100.42 crores nett totaling both Indian and domestic collection.

Deepika and Shahrukh Khan starrer, ‘Chennai Express’ set the box-office on fire. The ,movie made 33.12 crores on day one breaking ‘Ek Tha Tiger’ first day collection. On the second day, the collection showed little low with only 28.05 crores nett. But Sunday being a holiday, the rush for the film again heighten taking its domestic collection total to Rs 67.92 crores nett.  On the opening day, there was 80-90% occupancy.

Trade analyst Taran Adarsh has tweeted about the film's business, "#ChennaiExpress collects Rs 28.05 cr nett on Saturday. This Express is Flying High!"

He further tweets, "#ChennaiExpress is on a record-smashing spree. Thu previews 6.75 cr, Fri 33.12 cr, Sat 28.05 cr. Total: 67.92 cr nett. MONSTROUS Weekend!"

Adarsh has also given the film's business break ups, "#ChennaiExpress is a MASSIVE opener in Overseas too. Thu previews $ 1.29 million, Fri $ 2.3 million. Total: Rs 21.4 cr till Friday. SUPERB!"

Adarsh gives a glimpse of the market scenario as well, "#ChennaiExpress is a hurricane at the BO. Sets 3 records in 3 days: 1) Highest paid previews, 2) Highest Day 1 and 3) Highest Day 2."

Thursday saw paid preview shows of this movie. Paid previews are limited screenings of big ticket movies. They are usually carried a day before the official release of the movie. At the end of the paid previews, the movie collected Rs. 6.7 crores in the domestic market, which is a very good sum. ‘3 Idiots’ went for paid preview shows and had collected 2.75 crores.