A leading website saw a long fan mail from a staunch SRK fan stating the reasons why SRK has lost the zing in his films. With Chennai Express looking for a much hyped release on August 8th, the movie has a lot of proving to do – to Khan’s critics and fans alike. Trying to slip into the arena of Salman’s Eid release trend, the looming animosity will just go a step forward to intensify the pressure on the film. With the hype on the film building on, Koimoi takes a realistic view of the box-office collections the film is eyeing to make or break.

 Deepika Padukone And Shah Rukh Khan in Chennai Express Movie Poster
Deepika Padukone And Shah Rukh Khan in Chennai Express Movie Poster

Highest Opening Day Collection

Salman Khan’s Ek Tha Tiger  holds the record of 32.92 crore as highest opening day collection. The same also manages to be the highest any film has earned in a single day. It is a benchmark record which is followed by Shah Rukh Khan’s Ra.One that had collected Rs 25 crores, which happens to be SRK’s highest single day collection. However, the earning wasn’t recorded on the film’s opening day and was hence missed too easily.

 The openings of other significant films are Agneepath which opened to a hefty Rs 23 crores, Bodyguard that raked up Rs 21 crores, Dabangg2 which earned Rs 21.10 crores and finally Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani which made Rs 19.45 crores despite being released on a non-holiday.

With the strong figures in order, the biggest challenge for SRK’s Chennai Express will be to beat the collections of Ek Tha Tiger, or at least level it. Since both films are releasing on Eid, the undue comparisons will be natural.

Highest Opening Weekend

So far 2013 has seen the highest opening weekend collections of Ranbir Kapoor starrer Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani. The film within its first three days managed to earn a sum of 62.11 crores. However, the highest weekend opening record ever is held by Salman Khan’s Dabangg 2 that had made 63.60 crores in its first weekend. Salman’s last Eid release Ek Tha Tiger had earned 60.27 crores in its opening weekend. SRK’s RaOne itself had earned in its opening weekend a total income 59.1 crores. Hence, Chennai Express does have some huge numbers to beat and should aim at a 65 crore mark in order to surpass the highest collections in the list.

N.B – The First Three Day Collections have been counted here and not the long weekend. In case a film released on a Wednesday, the collections till Friday have been accounted for here.

Speediest Entry into the 100 crore club

The last three of films of SRK has smoothly entered the 100 crore club. RaOne, Jab Tak Hai Jaan and Don 2 easily managed the entry and one can be rest assured that Chennai Express will do the same unless it is a damp fiasco like Sajid Khan’s Himmatwala! SRK’s speediest entry into the club has been with RaOne that made the entry in 10 days. However, Salman Khan’s Dabangg 2 and Ek Tha Tiger both made 100 crores within 6 days of its release. The record is followed by YJHD that reached the 100 crore mark in 7 days! The challenge for Chennai Express right now will be to reach the 100 crore club within a week of its release!

Rohit Shetty’s Tryst With SRK

Rohit Shetty has been a member of 100 crore club with 3 of his films attaining the distinguished place. But Bol Bachchan, Singham and Golmaal 3 are all Ajay Devgn films. This time Rohit has managed to venture out of his comfort zone of working with Ajay and has roped in the King of Bollywood, SRK. However, it is for the film to prove what laurels this one wins for Rohit Shetty.

Deepika Padukone’s Hattrick

Deepika Padukone has been soaring this year. With Race 2, the actress delivered her first 100 crore film. The success was furthered with the collections of YJHD that has turned out to be a blockbuster. And finally with Chennai Express, the actress is hoping to make a triple century here.

Highest Lifetime Collections

 The record of the highest collections are still maintained by Aamir Khan’s 3 Idiots which a lifetime of 202 crores. The film is closely followed by Ek Tha Tiger which rests at 198 crores. Though, YJHD has already earned 170 crores approximately, Chennai Express should optimistically aim for nearing the 200 crore mark.

Highest Overseas Collections Record

Though the domestic box office has been wavering, overseas is still a domain SRK rules unquestionably. With 6 films in the top 10 Overseas collections, SRK still doesn’t hold the top notch place in the list withheld by Aamir Khan’s 3 Idiots that has a total overseas collections of U.S.D 25 million. SRK’s My Name Is Khan is the second on the list with a lifetime global income of U.S.D 23 million.

The expectations pining on the film are extreme and with every passing day the hype on it increases. Records wise, the film has the above box office parameters and on a personal front, SRK is all set to claim stronger his position as the Badshah of Bollywood!

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