Critics feared that Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai Dobara would be overshadowed by Chennai Express's extreme success. However, this seems not to be the case, as the film opened up to a large enthusiastic audience, with occupancy ratings between 75%-90%. It managed to gross 11.25 crore domestically, and the screen count has been increased from 2,000 screens to 2,500 screens. [OneIndia Entertainment]
Chennai Express continues its record-breaking run. The Bollywood film hit $24.6 million after its first full week at the Indian box office, leading all other films in release by a wide margin.
The film has been a success outside of India as well, including a dominating $3.1 million performance in North America after its first full week of release. Chennai Express is currently posting a worldwide cume of $32.4 million.
Chennai Express can expect to continue earning in the coming weeks. The only competition it faces this weekend will come from Once Upon Ay Time In Mumbai Dobaara!, which opened to a single-day gross of $1.5 million across 1,078 screens in India.
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One day is all it took for Chennai Express to hit a million dollars in India. Its performance in North America wasn't too far from the pace set in India. Chennai Express became the highest Bollywood opener of all time in North America with $2.4 million from 196 locations in its North American debut, including $196k earned from Thursday previews. The previous record holder was 2010's My Name is Kahn with $1.9 million.
Chennai Express outperformed all but one film in the Indian market after a single day's performance. B.A. Pass, the week's other wide release, couldn't match the opening day strength of the Bollywood box office juggernaut.
Chennai Express will go down in history as the movie to reach 100 crores the quickest out of any movie to date. The previous record was held by Ek Tha Tiger (2012) which reached 100 crores in a mere five days. The film is sure to break more records as its popularity is continuing to skyrocket.
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This is the month of Ramzan, an Indian month of fasting. This year, Ramzan has brought heavy rain and flooding. What does that mean for the film industries? The worst period of the year regarding theater collections, Times of India reports. "Theatre collections always drop during Ramzan, especially in North Malabar. But this year, the rains have been heavier than usual, and that has added to our woes. People are not stepping out of their houses, let alone going for films," says Sabu Cherian.
Bhaag Milkha Bhaag continues to be a hit in India, grossing
$2.6 million in its third week to reach a $15.6 million total. The sports
biopic is the highest grossing domestic film currently in release.
Bajatey Raho came in second place with a $1 million debut. The comedy topped several other new releases in the domestic market, including Issaq ($626k), Nasha ($553k), and Luv U Soniyo ($312k).
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