Shahrukh Khan's most-anticipated movie Chennai Express, which has hit the screens across the globe today, has received an earth-shattering opening at the Indian Box Office. SRK mania is at its peak at the ticket counters. Trade experts say that the Rohit Shetty-directed film, which has released in 3,500 screens in the country, will beat the first day collection record of Salman Khan's Ek Tha Tiger.
Chennai Express is one of the most-hyped and highly-anticipated movie of Bollywood in 2013. The promo of the film has soared up the viewers' expectations to sky high. SRK fans were desperately waiting to watch the movie. Most of the tickets were sold in many multiplexes within hours after the advance ticket booking opened. As per the sources, tickets for the first weekend have been sold in most of the multiplexes in all the metro cities.
The Shahrukh Khan-Deepika Padukone starrer has also managed to drive unprecedented crowd outside single screens across the country. The theatres screening Chennai Express were seen overflowing with people within and outside in the morning and matinee shows. The film has registered 100% occupancy in both single screens and multiplexes across the country.
Many theatres across the country were showing 'housefull board' hours before the morning show began. Some Shahrukh fans, who wanted to watch Chennai Express in first show on the first day, were upset for not getting tickets. Few of them even tried to buy black tickets, which cost them more than Rs 1,000.
Salman Khan's Blockbuster movie Ek Tha Tiger, which was released in 3,500 screens on August 15, 2012, had collected Rs 32.92 croress nett at the Indian Box Office on its opening day. So far, this has been biggest opener in the history and Agneepath is in the second place with its collection Rs 23 crores. Trade analysts feel that as per early trends, Chennai Express would surely beat the first day collection of Ek Tha Tiger.