If any film can challenge Chennai Express Golden Run at Box Office in 2013 then there is definitely two films and those are Krrish 3 and Dhoom 3. Krrish 3 is not only challenging Chennai Express but is set to surpass Chennai Express at India Box Office. Unless there is some absolute fall in collections of Krrish 3 and finally it fall short of CE magic total. Chennai Express has collected 220+ crore nett in India alone, whereas #Krrish3 has crossed 200 crore nett (All Language) mark already.
Looks like it will be a Race to Finish this year for as far as Top Grosser of the Year is concerned. Interestingly last 3 years witnessed Salman Khan films (Dabangg, Bodyguard, Ek Tha Tiger) achieving the top slot at box office back to back. But this year there is no release of Salman. Hence, logically and realistically fight is among his favourite Khans (Shah Rukh and Aamir) and a particular Hrithik Roshan. Hence, it is certain that there will be a change in Numero Uno position for 2013 and it will be reclaimed by SRK, Aamir or Hrithik.
Aamir Khan had his last top grosser in 3 Idiots in 2009 which even went to become All Time Grosser. Interestingly Aamir Khan has also captured the Top Grosser of 2008 slot with Ghajini. Shah Rukh Khan took the coveted post in 2007 with run away hit in Om Shanti Om. Whereas Hrithik Roshan took this coveted post in 2006 with Dhoom 2.
Let's look at last 10 years trend and who has the Top Slot as far as Biggest Grosser of The year is concerned -
2012 - Ek Tha Tiger (Salman Khan, Katrina Kaif)
2011 - Bodyguard (Salman Khan, Kareena Kapoor)
2010 - Dabangg (Salman Khan, Sonakshi Sinha)
2009 - 3 Idiots (Aamir Khan, Kareena Kapoor, R. Madhavan, Sharman Joshi)
2008 - Ghajini (Aamir Khan, Asin Thottumkal)
2007 - Om Shanti Om (Shah Rukh Khan, Deepika Padukone)
2006 - Dhoom 2 (Hrithik Roshan, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Abhishek Bachchan, Uday Chopra, Bipasha Basu)
2005 - No Entry (Salman Khan, Anil Kapoor, Fardeen Khan, Lara Dutta, Esha Deol, Celina Jaitley)
2004 - Veer Zaara (Shah Rukh Khan, Preity Zinta, Rani Mukerji)
2003 - Koi Mil Gaya (Hrithik Roshan, Preity Zinta)
From Trend it suggest that only Salman Khan, Shah Rukh Khan, Hrithik Roshan and Aamir Khan are the Actors who has given Top Grossers in last 10 years. And it is almost certain that in 2013 also only one out of Aamir, SRK and Hrithik will sit at Top.
When Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani starring Ranbir Kapoor, Deepika Padukone, Aditya Roy Kapur rocked the nation with superlative performance, many thought that a new superstar is born in Ranbir Kapoor and he might end the year with the coveted slot of top grosser film. Not only Chennai Express broke YJHD box office collection by a big margin, but also Ranbir gave a dude in Besharam after that.
When Chennai Express did unimaginable business of 220+ crore nett and thus, surpassed 3 Idiots lifetime collection, every one had thought that no film can realistically challenge the film.
But with mindblowing performance of Krrish 3 (still running in theaters) and with Dhoom 3 still to release in December, one should not be surprised if by the end of 2013 we might see a film touching or nearing 250 crore nett mark for sure. Who knows.
But till then its looks like a Race to finish line with Chennai Express, Krrish 3 and Dhoom 3 all vying for the Coveted Numero Uno position in 2013. Let the best win!