Chennai Express is on the verge of creating box office history as film is heading towards 200 crore and more. Film has collected around 39+ crore nett in 6 days of second week. With Second Thursday (Today) collection adding to it, film is looking to collect around 42+ crore nett in the Second week. Thus, it will be the all time 3rd biggest grosser for 2nd week after 3 Idiots and Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani.
Coming to more important point Chennai Express will collect around 197* crore nett by the end of 2nd week. CE has already collected approx 155 crore nett in first week and will collect further around 42* crore nett in 2nd Week. That means film will be shy of 3 Idiots lifetime collection by a meager 5+ crore. Which suggest CE in all probability will surpass 3 Idiots lifetime collection in Third Weekend (3rd Saturday or Sunday). What is more fascinating that CE might still has some gas left in its tank and will certainly look to touch 210-215* crore nett in its lifetime.
Chennai Express should not have any major problem in running till the release of Satyagraha. Film should easily further collect around 15-20 crore at least after the end of 2nd Week as per looking at the trends. That means Chennai Express will now look to end its lifetime run at around 210-215 crore nett mark. Actual lifetime collection may vary as it is based on estimates and may be even more, who knows. With that it will easily surpass 3 Idiots lifetime collection and will be the biggest grosser ever in Bollywood (Inflation Non-Adjusted). Film has already become the biggest grosser of 2013 yesterday surpassing lifetime collection of YJHD. In a day or two it will go past the elusive 3 Idiots Lifetime Landmark which is unbroken for 4 years running.
In overseas also Chennai Express is chasing 3 Idiots Worldwide gross figure. We will update on that once actuals for Overseas are received.
*Numbers are based on approximation and trends. May vary a little once actuals are received.