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.
Top 10 Domestic Films in India. Week of August 2-8, 2013
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).
Top Ten Films in India.
Nearly four years after 3 Idiots’s first theatrical release in India, the film has collected over ¥100 million in the first two weeks of screening in Japan. That makes the film the highest grossing Hindi film ever in Japan — and it is still running in Japanese cinemas.
Released in December 2009, 3 Idiots stars Aamir Khan, Kareena Kapoor, Sharman Joshi, R. Madhavan, and Boman Irani. It was directed by Rajkumar Hirani and produced by Vindhu Vinod Chopra. The film tells the story of two college friends’s search for a lost companion while stumbling through reminiscences along the way.
This film’s success in Japan was not an isolated event. 3 Idiots had profitable runs at the box office in Taiwan, Korea, China, and Hong Kong which led to it being the highest-grossing Bollywood film of all time in overseas markets. Domestically, it was the highest-grossing film in its opening weekend and had the highest net collections in the first week of a Bollywood film. It finished its run by becoming the highest-grossing Bollywood film of all time — surpassing Ghajini, which also starred Khan. [Yahoo! Omg! India]
Bhaag Milkha Bhaag stayed in first place for the second consecutive week among domestic films in India. The sports biopic maintained its strong pace at the box office with a $4.3 million gross over the week, taking its total to $13.2 million. Neither of the week's two releases, Ramaiya Vastavaiya and D-Day, opened ahead of the hold-over hit. Ramaiya Vastavaiya hit 1,373 screens and took in $3.6 million, while D-Day opened in 1,031 locations to $2.4 million. Ship of Thesus rounded out the week's new releases with an $82k tally from a modest 62 screens.
Top 10 Domestic Films in India. July 19-25, 2013.