Gross collection of “3 Idiots” worldwide was Rs.93 crore till Sunday night

Movie’s paid previews garnered over Rs.9 crore

Mumbai: The weekend collection of the Aamir Khan-starrer ‘3 Idiots’ has surpassed the actor-filmmaker’s last release ‘Ghajini’ by 30 per cent.

The gross collection worldwide of “3 Idiots” was Rs.93 crore till Sunday night which is 30 per cent more than Aamir’s last film ‘Ghajini’, trade sources said.

Similarly, the movie’s paid previews garnered over Rs.9 crore worldwide, while Ghajini’s paid preview collections were Rs.7 crore.

‘3 Idiots’ was released on December 24 with 1550 prints in over 1760 screens and overseas with 342 prints in over 366 screens. This has been the widest ever release for a Hindi film in India and overseas, a spokesperson of Vinod Chopra films, producer of the said.

In UK, which is not considered Aamir Khan’s best market, the film has surpassed all films’collections and reached just below ‘Kabhi Alvida Na Kehna’, an all time hit, that too during Christmas, when all theatres are shut down and the box office business has been of only two days, the spokesperson said.

According to a spokesman of Cinemax multiplex, the last week was revenue generating as far as box office returns were concerned. ‘Avatar’ is still ruling the roost and ‘3 Idiots’ has also done well, he said.

‘3 Idiots’ had an opening of 85 per cent on Friday, 92 per cent on Saturday and 95 per cent on Sunday at Cinemax multiplexes, the spokesman added. At its Versova property, Cinemax has 25 shows per day of ‘3 Idiots’ starting from 6 a.m., the spokesman said adding that this show gets an occupancy of more than 60 per cent. Apart from Cinemax, Fame cinemas also has early morning shows of ‘3 Idiots’. –PTI