If the trend continues, Chennai Express might come close or even better the opening day collections of ETT, as 8th August marks the end of Ramadan and 9th August is a national holiday for Eid-ul-fitr. Business is likely to pick up after the holiday, on Saturday and Sunday, as the muslim section of the audience come out in numbers to watch the film, as was the case with Ek Tha Tiger last year.
We asked a few distributors, exhibitors and box office enthusiasts who follow the trade closely – to predict the opening day, opening weekend (4 days) and opening week collections of Chennai Express. Finally, we averaged the numbers out.
8th August, Thursday – 25 crore (opening day)
9th August, Friday – 29 crores (national holiday)
10th August, Saturday – 18 crores
11th August, Sunday – 26 crores (Holiday)
Extended 4 day Weekend – 98 crores
First Week (7 days) – 132 crores
Note: Chennai Express is likely to release on 3400+ screens across the country.