Shuddh Desi Romance posted a hot start out of the gate with a $5.5 million debut in India, leading all other domestic films in release. Zanjeer came in second place with a $2.2 million bow, around half of Shuddh Desi Romance's take despite playing in a market-leading 1,888 screens.
Satyagraha came in third place with a $1.1 million take, taking its domestic total to $9.5 million. The film grossed $130,086 from 79 location in its second week in North America and enters its third weekend in the market with a $700k total.
Chennai Express collected $81,343 from 53 locations in North America over the week. The film has grossed a total of $5.2 million as it heads into its sixth weekend in North America. Chennai Express has grossed a total of $34.3 million in India.
Top 10 Domestic Films in India as of September 13, 2013
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Chennai Express is closing out its North American theatrical run, falling short of breaking the box office record achieved by 3 Idiots. Chennai Express finished its fourth weekend in North America by grossing $66,095 from 53 locations. The film's North American cume is $5.2 million. Other overseas cumes for Chennai Express include $4.4 million from the United Arab Emirates, $3.4 million from the United Kingdom, and $3.4 million from other territories. The overseas cume for Chennai Express is $17.5 million.
Satyagraha has had a more modest box office run, finishing its second weekend with a $103k from 79 theaters in North America. Satyagraha has grossed a cume of $672k in North America. The overseas total for Satyagraha is $1.9 million.
Satyagraha opened in first place among domestic releases in India this week. The political thriller starring the legendary Amitabh Bachchan took in $8.1 million in its first week in India. Overseas grosses for the film showed measured promise, with $569,518 coming from 83 locations in North America, $481,824 from 45 locations in the United Arab Emirates, $283,589 from 49 locations in the United Kingdom, and an additional $430,524 coming in from the rest of the world. The final global cume for the first week of Satyagraha is $9.9 million.
Chennai Express is entering its fifth weekend in North America with a $5.1 million gross. The blockbuster hit has already grossed a total of $33.2 million in India during the same timeframe. Madras Cafe held on to second place in its first hold, posting a $1.2 million weekly total that takes its overall cume in India to $6 million.
Top Ten Domestic Films in India. Week Culminating on September 6, 2013