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
Chennai Express is slowing down its run in North America, suggesting the film will not be able to reach the numbers needed to become the highest-grossing Indian release of all time in the market. Chennai Express grossed $287,445 from 93 screens in its fourth weekend to reach a $5.1 million cume in North America. The film has grossed $4.3 million from the United Kingdom and the United Arab Emirates, respectively.
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