10 August 2013 11:21 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Hong Kong — Shah Rukh Khan’s escapist Eid holiday picture “Chennai Express” has taken off like a runaway train in both India and international markets.

In India, the film enjoyed a first-day score box office score of rupees 331 million ($5.42 million) and a two-day figure of $11 million, both figures beating “3 Idiots” previous record.

On Sunday distribution sources confirmed that the film had passed the 1 billion rupees mark ($16.5 million), in its first three days of release.

“Though ‘Ce’ is playing in the highest number of screens for any film, we still ran out of capacity in most locations due to this huge demand at the box office and the film is on its way to create new benchmarks,” said Gaurav Verma, director of India theatrical distribution, Studios, Disney Utv.

In international markets the film was estimated to have achieved grosses of $1.29 million on Thursday, a figure beaten by $2.3 million on Friday. In »


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