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.

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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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