8CHENNAI EXPRESS (2013)
Superstar Shah Rukh Khan enjoys a huge fan following in the US. He has millions of fans there, who keep waiting for his films to release. And when a Shah Rukh Khan film releases there, it is like a celebration for his fans in the US market. So, it should not come as a surprise when most of his films go on to make stupendous collections in the market there. From ‘Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham’ (2001) to ‘Om Shanti Om’ (2007), ‘My Name Is Khan’ (2010), many of his films have done phenomenal business in the country. His last film, which performed beyond expectation in the US market, was ‘Chennai Express’. Also starring Deepika Padukone, the movie was a huge box office success in overseas. The film had been allotted just 196 screens in the United States and, surprising one and all, earned $17.07M within 4 days of its release, including $1.1M in paid previews.
‘Chennai Express’ hit screens in the US market on the August 9, which was an Eid al Fitr holiday in the country. Coming from the house of Disney UTV, ‘Chennai Express’ bested the company’s own romantic comedy film ‘Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani’ (2013) as one of most successful films of 2013. Although ‘Chennai Express’ opened at No. 13 in the US market before making it to the top 10, it outperformed ‘Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani’, starring Ranbir Kapoor with Deepika Padukone, with a $2.225M gross on 196 screens. That made it the biggest Bollywood opener of all time in the United States, besting the record of ‘My Name Is Khan’ which also starred Shah Rukh Khan. What worked in the favor of the film was its weekend positioning, along with the presence of two heavyweights of Indian cinema, Shah Rukh Khan and Deepika Padukone.