Former superstar Shahrukh ‘Pakistan is a great neighbor’ Khan’s My Name is Khan has had a decent run at the U.S. box office.
But not as good as Bollywood’s new King Khan Aamir Khan’s 3 Idiots.
Former King Khan SRK’s My Name is Khan had an opening gross of $1.86 million for the February 12-14, 2010 three-day weekend, according to Box Office Mojo estimates.
Aamir Khan’s 3 Idiots had an opening gross of $2.15 million for the five-day weekend.
*****Attention, schmucks: Keep in mind that the numbers for My Name is Khan are estimates while the numbers for 3 Idiots are actuals. We’re assuming the actual figures for My Name is Khan won’t diverge sharply from the estimates.
Aamir Khan’s 3 Idiots – Clear Winner
Since it doesn’t make sense to compare the opening gross for a three-day weekend film (My Name is Khan) to a five-day weekend film (3 Idiots), let us look at the average gross numbers, which should help us to compare the performance of the two films.
Here, Aamir Khan’s 3 Idiots is the clear winner with an average gross of $18,060 while former superstar Shahrukh Khan’s My Name is Khan could muster an average gross of only $15,500.
Aamir Khan’s Ghajini (five-day weekend) also had a higher average gross of $16,717.
Allah Likely Helped
Our hypothesis is that My Name is Khan would have pulled in lower numbers if Allah’s minions on Earth, i.e. Muslims, had not come out in large numbers to support this movie because of the film’s story. We say this based on the high number of Muslims we saw at the evening show at Regal. Overall, My Name is Khan portrays Muslims in a positive light and America in a bad light.
The PubliShitty drama because of the Shiv Sena’s ‘threats’ surely helped to keep My Name is Khan in the limelight. Without that PubliShitty drama, My Name is Khan’s numbers would have likely been lower.
Here’s how My Name is Khan fared at the U.S. box office compared to a few prominent Bollywood films.