Shah Rukh Khan’s ‘Chennai Express’ Is B.O. Locomotive: UPDATED

Shah Rukh Khan, Deepika Padukone in

2nd UPDATE: Eid holiday release claims opening records in India, U.S., UK.

HONG KONG — Shah Rukh Khan’s escapist Eid holiday picture “Chennai Express” has taken off like a runaway train in both India and international markets.

In India, the film enjoyed a first-day score box office score of rupees 331 million ($5.42 million) and a two-day figure of $11 million, both figures beating “3 Idiots” previous record.

On Sunday distribution sources confirmed that the film had passed the 1 billion rupees mark ($16.5 million), in its first three days of release.

“Though ‘CE’ is playing in the highest number of screens for any film, we still ran out of capacity in most locations due to this huge demand at the box office and the film is on its way to create new benchmarks,” said Gaurav Verma, director of India theatrical distribution, Studios, Disney UTV.

In international markets the film was estimated to have achieved grosses of $1.29 million on Thursday, a figure beaten by $2.3 million on Friday. In several territories the film was shown as paid previews on Thursday, rather than a full release. North America chipped in close to $196,000 on Thursday peaking with $838,207 on Saturday for a weekend cume of $2,416,513, according to Disney UTV.

The film’s U.K. performance was reported as £144,000 ($228,000 ) on Thursday and $422,000 on Friday.

The Gulf region also delivered an estimated $525,000 on Thursday, followed by $600,000 on Friday.

By Monday morning distributors were claiming an $8.25 million total from non-Indian markets for the weekend. That included an estimated $2.1 million from the Gulf, $360 million from Singapore, close to $300,000 from Pakistan, $1.42 million from the U.K., and $2.3 million from the U.S. Additionally, Australia’s Mindblowing Films scored $385,000 for eighth spot in the Oz charts.

“’Chennai Express’ is setting new opening day and paid preview records and benchmarks in most countries. In many cinema chains we’ve added shows and the movie was moved to additional screens and to highest capacity screens,” said Amrita Pandey, executive director, international distribution, studios, at Disney UTV.

The huge scores come despite a mediocre critical reception.

The film, about a fortysomething man who gets on the wrong train and embarks on a series of life changing misadventures with the daughter of a village don, is directed by Rohit Shetty and stars Khan and Deepika Padukone. It is produced by Khan’s Red Chillies Entertainment label.

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  1. mksyed says:

    chennai express out of my expirence is one of SRK best movies. there1 was funny parts and action sad stuff. my favorite funny part is when he was on the train and he was scared of these big guys with nives. my favorite action part was at the end. sad part was that he that his grandpa died and he almost died.

  2. Sanchit says:

    The movie was an excruciating experience to sit through. Mindless pathetic jokes coupled with Srk trying way too hard . It was just a vanity project for an extremely self obsessed star. I respected Srk for his choice of movies but alas….

    • Pandeyji says:

      I think u find it a blissful experience sitting through salman’s mediocre offerings. CE was a commercial movie made for the masses and loved by masses.

  3. Ramakrishnan says:

    This movie shows how beautiful the ‘southern india landscape’ is and how Deepika represents ‘sari’ wearing southern women with beauty.

    Good humor with Tamil culture to show India diversity!

    • Gopalan Ayyar says:

      Southern India landscape is beautiful; why then more multinationals are not building offices for people to work?

      Why not more movies made out of the south? Why go to Europe for film making?

  4. Vijay says:

    I enjoyed the movie

  5. wrongreporting says:

    Box office numbers are wrong here. Chennai Express earned 33.12 CRORES first day, not millions. 67.5 crores for two days should also be in crores. That means first day earnings in US dollars was $5.42 million. The two day figures stand at $11 million.

  6. I am glad the new generation of Bollywood actors/actresses are making a name for themselves, especially the women, they are strong actresses in my opinion! Deepikas Manish Malhotra outfits in this film are a highlight.

  7. wyrdy says:

    been thinking about catching this,Shah Rukh Khan`s a great actor i loved him in My Name Is Khan

  8. ya realy nice movie fun with family

  9. Mac Dhillon says:

    Funny, entertaining and awesome- Shah Rukh did an amazing job. I was a sceptic and was forced to watch the movie by my nieces and thank you girls for making me watch this movie. It was wholesome fun for the family with really funny lines! So yes, go watch with your family and you will not regret!

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