Shetty's Chennai Express, which kept the
bells ringing at the Box Office for three weeks, has finally slowed
down in the domestic market. With its screen count decreasing
considerably in the fourth week, the Shahrukh Khan and Deepika
Padukone starrer was seen hitting the rock bottom over the
weekend. The movie is likely to end its journey at the Indian Box
Office with Rs 227 to 230 crores nett.
Without having any big competitor, Chennai Express
released in 3,500 on August 8, and did record-breaking collection
at the Indian Box Office in the first week. Despite losing out
several screens to new releases like Once Upon A Time In
Mumbaai Dobara and Madras Cafe in its second and
third weeks, respectively, the Rohit Shetty-directed action comedy
managed to do good business in the domestic market.
In the fourth week, the new release Satyagraha took away
many of the prime screens of Chennai Express, which
affected the collection of the latter in this weekend. With two
days left to complete its fourth week, the Shahrukh and Deepika
starrer has collected Rs 4.91 crores nett at Indian Box Office,
taking its 26-day domestic total to Rs 223.33 crores nett.
However, two most-hyped and highly-anticipated movies like
Shudh Desi Romance and Zanjeer are hitting the
screens this Friday. They will reduce the screen count of
Chennai Express further in its fifth week. Trade experts
feel that the Rohit Shetty film will not be able to cross Rs 230
crore mark in its lifetime.