Chennai Express has finally managed to surpass the worldwide collections of Aamir Khan starrer 3 Idiots. The film’s total domestic collections right now stands at a cumulative of 290 crores gross at the box office and has made USD 17.30 million from its overseas circuits. Though 3 Idiots has earned a massive USD 25 million, the earnings were made in 2009 when the dollar rate was way lower than its current rate.

Chennai Express still falls way behind in terms of collections made overseas, nevertheless, the producers of the film have already earned more than the producers of 3 Idiots. Hence, Koimoi has been careful in not providing inflation adjusted figures.

This Shah Rukh Khan starrer made a worldwide business of about 399 crores, beating 3 Idiots’ record of 386 crores.

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

There is a lot of debate about Chennai Express being qualitatively lower than 3 Idiots, but monetarily the film is in a more lucrative situation than the latter.

Take a look at the chart below for your reference:

Rank

Movie Name

Lead Star

Year

Domestic Collections (Nett) in Rs. crores

Domestic Collections (Gross) in Rs. crores

International USD ollar Millions

Dollar Rate During The Respective Year

International  Collections in Rs. Crores

Total (Gross) Collection Rs. Crores

1

Chennai Express

Shah Rukh Khan

2013

218

290

17.30 million

63

109

399

2

3 Idiots

Aamir Khan

2009

202

269

25 million

47

118

386

3

Ek Tha Tiger

Salman Khan

2012

198

263

10 million

56

56

319

4

Yeh Jawaani Hain Deewaani

Ranbir Kapoor

2013

190

253

10 million

56

56

309

5

Dabangg 2

Salman Khan

2012

159

211

9.75 million

55

54

265

6

Jab Tak Hai Jaan

Shah Rukh Khan

2012

121

161

14 million

57

80

241

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  1. You cannot compare the films with its timing and its dollar price.. you cannot compare the film SHoley or Mughle E Aazam’s earning with the 3IDs or Chennai Express…..

  2. A man who born to rule the heart of Billions.Without mentioned any further comment lots of love to our HERO named King Of Bollywood, Shahrukh Khan.

  3. KOIMOI WHY ARE YOU AWALYS COMPARING THE VALUE OF DOLLARS FROM 2009 TO THE VALUE OF DOLLARS IN 2013..JUST TO PROVE YOUR POINT THAT CE GOT MORE COLLECTION THAN 3I BECAUSE OF DOLLAR INFLATION .ITS 2013 NOW NOT 2009 SO WAKE UP….OR MAYBE YOU JUST WANT US TO STAY IN THE YEAR 2009 FOREVER….

    • don” compare with currency both the movie are good but chennai exprees much better than 3 idoiot
      finally no can beat srk

  4. ye sab money rate ko hi agar manna he to kyu koi or movie aj tak ye record nahi bana pai???
    ye jyada screen holiday big release duri kai filmo ko bhi mili thi..
    ce aage nikal gai kyuki public ka support mila..
    straight and simple hai boss don’t undr estimate the power of a common man…

  5. i wonder still some haters are alive…
    i assumed that they all have gone for a place to hide themselves…
    but shame on them…
    6odo…
    kutte bhokte rehte he..
    time shows every thing to every one…
    srk has shown that if he start to make masala movies than remake kings like sallu akki ki dukan bndh ho jayegi…
    itne saal se south remakes krke bhi jo ye kutte na kar ske vo srk ne ek hi film se kar dikhaya..
    dub maro haters…

  6. SAY WHATEVER YOU WANT…SAY DHOOM 3 WILL SURPASS SRK LIFETIME COLLECTIONS…. BUT JUST ACCEPT THE TRUTH THAT SRK CE BEATS YOUR 3I..AND THATS IT….

    • Srk is the only king. Who break the srk boxoffice collection? The answer is no one. Boxoffice collecton 400Cr(Still running)

  7. Alll SRK haters….don’t star giving exuses and don’t compare dollair rate and alll that like small kids..Chennai express has broken alll bollywood existing records ..that is fact…please eccept it…When ETT nearly break the 3i records no one was talking about dollar rate…now SRK has broken and broken with big margin and crossed400 cr in 3 weeks now every one start giving bullshit…

  8. THEY SAY DHOOM 3 WIIL SHATTER EVERY COLLECTIONS THAT SRK CE HAVE….LETS SEE…. YOUR DHOOM 3 WILL BE SHOWING ON CINEMA FOR 3 WEEKS…. TAKE NOTE DHOOM 3 FANS …3 WEEKS OPEN…SO HISTORY REPEATS ITSELF….REMEMBER 3I RUNNING IN THE CINEMA OPEN LAST DEC 2009 FOR HOW MANY WEEKS……

  9. dhoom 3’s credits won’t go to aamir khan only as it’s a sequel movie which was cast by roshan and john before.

  10. Box office collection ka hisab bahut ajib hai, Qki produces apna film k publicity k lia business jada dikhana chahte hai our distributor tax k bajase kam dikhana chahte hai……….confusion.
    BOI give accurate distributers data not producer, its the right way to give verdics of a film because government ko tax serf distributers dete hai, suppose koi film 100cr kamaye our govt ko 94cr ka hisab se tax de (baki black money) to film ka verdics 94cr ka hisab se hi milna chahiye, isilia BOI india’s most trusted box office related website and all over the world including wikipedia believe BOI like boxofficemajo for hindi film business.

  11. Even you have accepted the fact that CE has surpassed 3 idiot worldwide buisenss but unfortunately with close heart. dollar rate screen size blah blah …….. useless to talk about ….. as CE has to face competition with other three movies during its run while 3 Idiot was solo …… and last but not least when Dhoom 3 and kriish will release dollar rate might be higher as compare to know or may be same …. then we Srkian will see how much fare comparison you guys gonna make for these films …….. anyways ………. Its time for celebrations for Srk fans including me :D

  12. If it released duing X mass( like 3i ( where plot is hero not Amir ) CEwould have made thrice the money that it made as of now…
    X mass time is 20 days hoiday in US…
    But CE could have been made more money in india around 400 cr..
    Not reached to that level only because of weak Rupee and High inflation….what you say ?
    3i’s time was better …. inflation was very low ( time where every one wants to enjoy ).

  13. PLEASE STOP COMPARING CE AND 3I COZ ONE IS DIFFERENT FROM EACH OTHER….MR. PUBLISHER YOU WANT AS TO BELIEVE THAT CE SURPASS THE LIFETIME COLLECTIONS OF 3I BECAUSE OF DOLLAR INFLATION THATS RIDICULOUS….ITS THE YEAR 2013 NOW NOT 2009 SO THE DOLAR INFLATION GOES UP…WHY CANT YOU NOT ACCEPT THE FACT THAT CE SURPASS 3I COLLECTION…STOP COMPARING FIGURES THROUGH INFLATION OF DOLLARS COZ ITS NOW 2013 NOT 2009……. UNLESS YOU WANT US TO JUST STAY IN THE YEAR 2009…REMEMBER THE SAYING A LIFE IS LIKE A WHEEL SOMETIMES IT IS UP OR SOMETIMES IT IS DOWN …. NOW ITS SRK TIME…ACCEPT IT WHETHER YOU LIKE IT OR NOT….

  14. 3 idiots opened up on 1800 prints worldwide.3 Idiots was released in 1149 screens in India and was released in 415 screens overseas.where as Chennai express released in 4,500 screens worldwide including india. see da difference the talk. Wait for DHOOM:3…….it will rewrite all da records

    • if u r saying this then dont forget that chennai express is massive movie and indian public like watching crap nonsensical movies no matter which actor stars in it. be it dabangg bodygyard sos rowdy rathore all of them are blockbusters and specially ce released in eid. srk is always afraid of releasing his films on nonholidays thats why he makes cheap strategies including much more number of screens. now u such a moron get a life and get out of here.

  15. do any body think d3 will score big bcoz of amir thats nonsense, dhoom is a great franchise, with amir or wihout him it dont matter at all, were as k3 belongs tl hrikhik, dhoom dont belong to amir, so amir fans can just shut up

  16. 1 daleep sb. 2 rajeshkhanna 3 amitab bolywd shahenshah 4 srk bolywd bad shah.inke baad sable name ate h. Amir ka dying mai sales m Ek film karta ho,daleep sb .rajkapoor,devanand,rajendark.rajeshk.dharmendr,amitabh, srk , in Sab n 1 year m 2-3 filme De h Kiya in Sab n acting Nahi ki, dhoom3 ko Ane do Kiya kr lega dikhawe Pr mat jao apni akl lagao

  17. DHOOM 3 FANS READ THIS……DHOOM 3 WILL BE SHOWING ON DECEMBER 20. 2013 AND THE NEXT MOVIE WILL BE RELEASE ON JANUARY 10 2014 NEXT YEAR…..SO DHOOM 3. WILL BE 3 WEEKS OPEN…..LISTEN DHOOM 3 FANS 21 DAYS OR 3 WEEKS OPEN….AT LEAST CE HAS MANAGE TO SURPASS 3I LIFE TIME COLLECTIONS EVEN THOUGH IT HAS COMPETITION EVERY WEEK….SO THAT CE POWER…AND I BELIEVE IN A SAYING THAT HISTORY REPEATS ITSELF ….BECAUSE DHOOM3 RUNS 3 WEEKS OPEN THIS DECEMBER 2013 ….THE SAME AS 3I IN 2009 WHO RUN IN THE CINEMA FOR SEVERAL WEEKS OPEN

    O

  18. No One Bear SRK Record……
    Bcz SRK King of the World
    Btw krrish 3 & Dhoom 3 Copy of other Movie Again Down -_-
    Cant touch SRK Record :)

    • DHoom 3 will shatter all records including first day, second day, weekends,and lifetime and world wide collection of this boring express called chennai express. and dont forget srk looser fans happy new year will be far behind next year.

  19. If you belive that inflation effects the figure than sholay must hold the record for 924cr followed by gadar 790cr then dilwale dulhaniya je jayenge 720cr kuch kuch hota hai 600cr and many more

  20. First reporter should understand collections from different countries are converted into dollar as dollar got stronger over almost all currencies in which bollywood movies earn.

    So collection in dollar will obviously go low but though it has earned more in most circuits in their local currencies.

    Its better to stick to rupee and compare for a more clear picture.

  21. srk is better than the best.when he sign a movie he can’t thought about the screipts because he knows that his name is says it all.and his fan is always exicited to shows their fav hero in the big screen.srk as his own style.no one can match him.i am your bigger fan than other.please belived that.

  22. SRK IS THE KING OF BOLLYWOOD & HOLLYWOOD. NO BODY CAN SEEN LEFT RIGHT UP & DOWN NEAR TO SRK. HE IS HAVING THE POWER OF COMMON MANS LIKE US (SRK’S DADLY FANS) AND NO BODY HAVING SO MANY FAN FOLLOWING.

    • ha ha ha rofl!!!!!!!!!1 your joke makes me so much laugh!!!!!!!!!!!!!! hollywood!!!!!!!!!!!!! haa haa haa haa haa!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! srk is the king of hollywood!!!!!!!!!!!! LOL!!!!!!!!!!! HAA HAA HAA HAA!!!!!!!!!! I CANT STOP LAUGHING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  23. IF DHOOM 3 WON’T GET A LOT OF COLLECTION ON ITS RELEASE ON DECEMBER WITH 3 WEEKS OPEN IT WILL BE SO EMBARRASING…..I LIVE IN THE U.S AND ON DECEMBER STUDENTS HAVE CHRISTMAS VACATION ….FROM GRADES SCHOOL TO HIGH SCHOOL AND COLLEGES. …..IT STARTS ON DCEMBER 20 AND THEY WILL. BE BACK ON JANUARY 6 2014….IF DHOOM 3 WILL SURPASS CE LIFETIME COLLECTION ……I……DONT…….CARE……BECAUSE THEIR IS A MOVIE NAME …..CE….THAT SURPASS 31 FOR ONLY 21 DAYS….IF THEY SAY THAT. CE SURPASS 3I COLLECTION COZ OF DOLLAR INFLATION….READ THIS DHOOM FANS AND WEEP…..3I RUNS FOR 70 DAYS TO REACH ITS LIFETIME COLLECTION WHILE CE FOR 21 DAYS…..SO 70-21=49 DAYS MORE THAN CE……GET IT. HA HA HA HA HA

    • stop making excuses u moron srk fans ek film ne to kya record bana dia aur saale itne bachcho ki tarah fudak rahe hei. dont ignore the fact that this year no other massive movie has released so it helped ce gain money thanks to much much much inflation. uv all srk fans are living in old times wake up. bhool gaye ki ra.one aur don 2 ka kya haal hua tha??????????? ghajini ka bhi record nahi tod payi. so just wait i will see how much longer this record holds.

  24. WHY DHOOM 3 FANS GIVES ALL THE CREDIT TO AAMIR KHAN….IN DHOOM 3 ITS NOT ONLY AAMIR. THEIR IS ABI BACHCHAN AND UDAY CHOPRA. AND KATRINA…… LIKE 3I HE WAS NOT ALONE COZ THEIR ARE TWO MORE ACTOR BESIDES AAMIR …..THATS WHY THEY CALLED IT 3I……NOT LIKE CE ITS ONLY SRK AND DIPPY…IF DHOOM 3 SHATTER CE. LIFETIME COLLECTIONS OF CE…….I……..DONT…….CARE…..THE TRUTH IS PAINFUL FOR AAMIR FANS THAT THEY CANNOT ACCEPT REALITY THAT CE SURPASS 3I FOR ONLY 21 DAYS OR 3 WEEKS WITH COMPETITION WEEK AFTER WEEK. THEY WHINE A LOT…IT ONLY PROVES THAT NOW IM GONNA SAY IT……SRK IS THE BEST….AND ALL CE TEAM…….

  25. No other movie is better than 3 idiots still I can watch that movie 100 times but not chennai express its a one time watch ohh thnxx amir khan for giving us such a class movie awesome n waiting for d3 aamir u rocks

  26. 3 idiots was also not not the original script it was the novel by chetan bhagat so atleast ce is the original story
    five point someone gained all the popularity bcoz of chetan bhagat and same goes for 3 idiots

    • ha ha ha u moron ankit keep making some excuses. just accept the fact that 3 idiots hold record for 4 years. lets see how long this king of overacting and also boring mindless rona dhona type movies will hold this record? dhoom 3 will smash it. and ce credit goes to only rohit shetty. srk is not original either. don was a ditto copy of amitabh bachchan’s movie so the credit goes to only him.

  27. Dhoom3 or krissh3 or any star movie include ajay,Akshay,salmaan or like kid ranveer kapoor touch the srk ce record because the king is baadsah of bollywood. This is not the fact but is true. Srk is unbeatable towards 22 Years.

  28. @ asks….u cant ignore that CE smashes 3 idiots 202 cr……then u just keep calm na…whenever whoever breaks it!Speak when CEs record is broken OK…..till then accept that CHENNAI express is the highest grosser of bollywood….hahahahAmuhahahahuhahaha.

  29. the train chennai expresss start hus journey from 9 aug and which is not stop any staion becz his break faild and any one who stand in this rout will be crashed like 3 idiots ek tha tiger and many other si plzzz don’t stan infront on this train which us runnig like rajdhani expresss …..WOW…….

  30. 3idiots & Chennai Express are films of different class,so plz don’t have fight over their genre.
    Now come to the main point of Collection, 3idiots had a run of 70days & other good competitor was released which could have a clash with it.
    But Chennai Express had a run less than a month,CE had to compete against films like OUATMD,MADRAS CAFE,SATYAGRAHA & latest releases.
    But still it managed to be the highest grosser.
    So hats of to SRK,he’s a real king.
    & Dhoom3 will release on a fre schedule,if it earns more than CE it won’t be shocking cause there will be no film to take down Dhoom3 but still it will have to go a long way to take down CE :)

  31. chennai the train chennai expresss start hus journey from 9 aug and which is not stop any staion becz his break faild and any one who stand in this rout will be crashed like 3 idiots ek tha tiger and many other si plzzz don’t stan infront on this train which us runnig like rajdhani expresss …..WOW…….

  32. chennai express the best film of 2013.
    this film collect in world wide 399 crored but 3 idiots
    collect at 386 crored. chennai express rank number 1
    in bollywood cinema.this film 1st day collection
    at 33.10 crored but ek tha tiger 32.92 crored.
    this film 3 days collect at 100 crored.this film
    created as 5 records in bollywood cinema.
    srk the king of bollywood.

  33. Guys no one should ever think of comparing 3 idiots with chennai express. 3 idiots is a masterpiece whereas chennai express is just an entertainer.
    3 idiots movie released 3.5 years back and the market has changed a lot now.
    we should never compare the business of the movies which has difference of about 3 to 4 years.
    we can only compare movies that have time difference of less than 1.5 years.
    can you compare sholay or gadhar with chennai express.Do you guys think chennai express is better than sholay. No, nobody can. But sholay has not even crossed 20 crores.
    Its just a matter of time and money
    I watched both the movies in same theater.
    ticket price of 3 idiots was 30 rs and the ticket price of chennai express is 70rs .
    I hope now you guys got clear idea
    So guys i am the fan of both aamir and srk , i watch srk movies because they are entertaining, romantic. but aamir khan movies are lot more than just entertaining. Two srk movies that are worth comparing with aamir khan movies are swades and chak de india.
    guys I watch each and every bollywood movie, and i think they both are very good actors. But there is a small difference, ie.. srk is a star and aamir is an intelligent star.

  34. is se pehle ke don ke dushman koyi chal chalen Don apni chaal chal chuka hota hai .
    SRK IS THE ONLY DON OF BOLLYWOOD
    MAY BE DON 3 WILL BREAK C.E RECORD .
    DHOOM 3 MENTAL OR KRISH CANT COMPETE BECAUSE THOSE MOVIES DOESNT HAVE SRK THE DON

    • chennai express faltu movie thi.3 idot were awesome & epic in bollywood. it all because of $ prize hike (47 or 63) …..Krrish 3 is much better and doing well 200 cr in just 7 days

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