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MNIK rakes in Rs 90.2 crore in opening weekend

A still from the film 'My name is Khan'.
A still from the film 'My name is Khan'.

Karan Johar's "My Name is Khan", starring Shah Rukh Khan and Kajol, has raked in Rs 90.2 crore ($ 19 milion) worldwide in its first three days, the biggest ever three-day collection worldwide in the history of Indian cinema, the film's producers said today.

A press release said the movie had smashed existing global opening records for Indian films in every country in which it was released this non-holiday three-day weekend.

My Name is Khan (MNIK) is a love story set against the backdrop of racial discrimination post 9/11 and has struck a chord with audiences all over.

"The most exciting part is that the worldwide collections jumped every day from Friday to Saturday to Sunday. This shows that the audience is absolutely loving Rizvan and Mandira," Vijay Singh, CEO Fox Star Studios, said, referring to the main characters played by Khan and Kajol in the movie.

The release said the Sunday collections in markets like the United States, the United Kingdm and the Middle East set new records for the biggest single day internationally for a Bollywood movie.

Fox International Productions President Sanford Panitch was ecstatic about the movie's performance so far. "While initially driven by the power of this extraordinary cast and director, it is My Name Is Khan as a film that has captivated audiences everywhere we have opened. An incredible start to this powerful and moving film."

According to the release, despite the protests by the Shiv Sena and other groups in Maharashtra, Gujarat, Indore and other centres on Friday and part of Saturday, the film had opened exceptionally well. In the states where there were no such issues, including Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal, Tamil Nadu and Kerala, the collections had been the highest ever, it claimed.

The release said the $ 19m worldwide opening weekend for the film had surprised even Hollywood pundists as it had beaten the worldwide opening weekend numbers for John Travolta’s "From Paris With Love" and Mel Gibson’s "Edge of Darkness" which were released in the last couple of weeks.

It said the movie had also outperformed "Valentine's Day" in North America, recording the highest ever per screen average of any film in North America at $ 15,500.

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