My Name is Khan Box Office – Average Gross Less than 3 Idiots

In New 4-day Estimates, MNIK Sails Past 3 Idiots

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.

My Name is Khan BO Estimates

Related Stories:
My Name is Khan Review – My Name is SI and this Film is Not the Stuff of Legend
Will Allah’s Followers Save My Name is Khan?
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3 Idiots Review – Total Garbage

16 Responses to "My Name is Khan Box Office – Average Gross Less than 3 Idiots"

  1. Jyoti Ramakrishnan   February 14, 2010 at 10:16 pm

    Disagree! You are comparing 5 day average gross of 3 idiots to 3 day average gross of MNIK. 3 day average gross of 3 idiots is less than that of MNIK. Boxoffice.mojo has the info on average gross. By the way how were you able to figure out how many Muslims were there to watch the movie? Let me guess, they were wearing hijab or burkha or had a long beard, right? I guess in the other SRK movies like kabhi alvida na kehna, Hindus were wearing lungis or had tikka on their forehead or had a boddi on the back of their head. Hmmm interesting! Responds:

    1. God, we sometimes feel we should institute a minimum IQ requirement for registrants so that brain-dead schmucks like you can’t sneak in.

    2. Yes, many of them were wearing headscarves.

    3. We don’t remember seeing the umbrella of headscarves in OSO or KANK.

    • Jyoti Ramakrishnan   February 15, 2010 at 7:27 pm

      Forget about my IQ and worry about yours who has none you racist schumck. About the number of Muslims that came to watch the movie is nothing but bunch a BS that you are making up like always. Get a real hobby! Responds:

      You write above: About the number of Muslims that came to watch the movie is nothing but bunch a BS that you are making up like always

      Small minds (like you) think small. 🙁

      There is no need for us to make up such a fact.

      My Name is Khan is indeed resonating well with Muslims, not just in the U.S. but with Muslims elsewhere too because of its overt anti-American story-line.

      Here, see this article in the Indian newspaper Hindu: MNIK a smash hit in Karachi is the most fair, objective, sincere, honest and, of course, balanced blog around. Why else would folks like you be dropping in so often otherwise? 😉

      • StrYngLad74   February 16, 2010 at 1:12 am


        You’d make more sense if you knew that MUSLIMS are NOT A RACE, since there are black, white, brown, and yellow Muslims everywhere. Hence the term “racist schmuck” is erroneous in its usage.

  2. sam   February 14, 2010 at 10:32 pm

    Whether their movie is good or bad, latter mostly, these 2 Khans make up for BO losses each year. While both make crappy films, we can atleast expect something different from Aamir each time. eg. TZP, 3 idiots. But Shahrukh;s films are more or less same. Responds:

    We’ve not been enamored of any of former superstar SRK’s films lately. At least, King Khan Aamir Khan’s TZP was a decent flick.

  3. Vivek   February 14, 2010 at 10:52 pm


    Who knows the Shiv Sena might issue a fatwa that no one must see MNIK, which will, of course, have the opposite effect in India. 😉

  4. satya   February 15, 2010 at 1:23 am

    Just back from the watching this movies in regal cinemas . movie is full of ridiculous scenes and cliche emotions, that make you cringe in your seats. Of all the countries , America is the country which is racial against muslims!!? Wtf.
    I remember an incident few months back when i and my wife were walking in princeton downtown . She slipped a bit and almost fell, Immediately many people came to help her. Imagine a guy struggling to cross the road and they stop trolley, Come out and say words like “Move out you freak”!!. that is just ridiculous.

    After 9/11, there were lot of stray incidents of racial attacks. I think most were against Sardars because of turbans. stray attacks were on brown skinned people mostly irrespective of religion so if you’re a hindu that doesnt mean you’re safe.
    But the most glaring thing that was obvious in the film is , It is clear ‘inspiration’ of ‘Forrest gump’. The narrative, SRK speaking, Bonding with his mother, Mama jenny (Remember bubba gump’s mother?!) and many more.

    Rann was definitely a better movie than this. Alas, It got screwed and this movie will be a blockbuster. Strange are the tastes of desis. Responds:

    1. Sad, this movie seems to be having a good run in India too.

    We are inclined to believe the Newark airport and Shiv Sena episodes were both publiShitty stunts.

    2. You write: Of all the countries , America is the country which is racial against muslims!!? Wtf. I remember an incident few months back when i and my wife were walking in princeton downtown ….that is just ridiculous.

    As we’ve said often, not one Muslim will want to leave the U.S. for their native hovels voluntarily because they have it so good here. Look at the South Asian food carts in mid-town Manhattan for instance. Several of them are Muslim and still do a good business. No one gives a flying f*ck for their religion.

  5. SRINIVAS   February 15, 2010 at 6:51 am

    muslims never leave ……….they make others leave………anyway the movie cannot be compared to 3 idiots ………..which is by far an excellent movie ……… Responds:

    Muslims are like the Republican party in the U.S. Even if they are in the minority, they know how to play the game better.

  6. sganeshkumar1989   February 15, 2010 at 7:04 am

    Got the report that 3 Idiots’s first 3 days gross in Overseas is rather $1.65 million at an avge. of $13,800.So,MNIK has scored over 3 Idiots in Overseas.Check this: Responds:

    1. We looked at the figures en bloc – 5-days and 3-days – not piecemeal.

    2. Plus, when you take into account the mega PubliShitty stunt of Newark Airport and the Shiv Sena drama our hypothesis is that 3 Idiots did better.

    The NYT had the Shiv Sena-MNIK drama on their home page.

    Our contention is that 3 Idiots did not ‘enjoy’ the benefits of all these stunts and so if you ‘normalize’ the two releases 3 Idiots would still be tops.

  7. sganeshkumar1989   February 15, 2010 at 7:05 am

    Sorry,I meant in USA,not Overseas.

  8. m.amresh89   February 15, 2010 at 9:22 am

    while all sites have reported MNIK to have the largest US opening ever ( and to be the biggest opener ever, SI, havin started their new job of sucking up to aamir, claim 3 idiots is the biggest movie ever. you say “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)”, can’t pea sized brain think for one second as to holidays bring more people to the theater’s.

    I have to agree on one point that this movie ain’t the stuff of legend as it was/is touted to be, but still it’s got the biggest opening ever! SRK tries to get into the league of Dustin Hoffman or maybe even Tom Hanks which is almost impossible for him to do, still he gives an average performance.

    An for u calling SRK “Shahrukh ‘Pakistan is a great neighbor’ Khan”, I guess you’d better be here in India campaigning for the shiv sena ( whom everybody hates btw) as u both share the same hypocritical ideals, Responds:

    1. You write above: An for u calling SRK “Shahrukh ‘Pakistan is a great neighbor’ Khan”, I guess you’d better be here in India campaigning for the shiv sena ( whom everybody hates btw) as u both share the same hypocritical ideals,

    We’re no fans of the Shiv Sena monkeys, Allah’s minions or the ‘Virgin’s son but we certainly don’t think Pakistan is a great neighbor nor are we going to go lovey-dovey over them like Shahrukh ‘Chutiya’ Khan.

    2. You write: SI, havin started their new job of sucking up to aamir, claim 3 idiots is the biggest movie ever.

    Ha ha ha.

    Even when you write junk, there should be an element of plausibility in it.

    Here read our stories on 3 Idiots:
    * 3 Idiots Review – Total Garbage
    * 3 Idiots Box Office – Even Dung Finds Eager Takers

    We’ll leave the ass-kissing and sucking up (in wateva way) to you guys.

  9. amitshetty   February 15, 2010 at 9:53 am

    MNIK is huge disappointment in India.
    The film is dropping like anything. It should thank Shiv Sena for controversy that helped film to do huge business in opening weekend. Responds:

    You write above: The film is dropping like anything

    What’s your source for the above line?

  10. amitshetty   February 15, 2010 at 9:56 am

    My Name Is Khan sadly will not surpass 3 Idiots in overseas box-office.
    3 Idiots hardly dropped in 2nd and 3rd weekend and this film is set for huge drop in second weekend (I wouldn’t be suprised if it is Akshay Kumaresque drop – 70 to 75 %). Responds:

    You write above: My Name Is Khan sadly will not surpass 3 Idiots in overseas box-office.

    Let’s wait and see.

  11. Twig   February 15, 2010 at 12:23 pm

    I haven’t seen the movie, but I heard that there was a scene in which Rizwan Khan says that God didn’t ask Abraham to sacrifice his son but Satan as God would not ask for death of innocents. Is that true?
    If that is true, I can see how clichéd and sugar coated this movie will be.
    come on! It’s God (Allah for beginners) who has asked Ibrahim to do that stuff.
    OTOH, what’s happening in general? Sweetifying and Peacifying Religion these days?
    ‘Islam’ which means ‘Submission’ ( Submission alone as in submit yourself as a slave to God) has become ‘Peace’ already. Wonderful Sweetification.
    Hinduism is called Religion of Tolerance ( How on earth will people call it like that considering casteism) and lo! we have Christianity as Religion of Love. What f*ck?

    May be because people have become emotional about God. They observe all the good things in the world and attribute it to God/ Allah /Jesus or what ever imaginary character.
    And then they go on preaching like ” This can not be done by Allah, for Allah is merciful” and all that shit. Responds:

    1. The scene you refer to happens in a U.S. mosque where our hero Rizwan is praying and overhears a Muslim physician making an incendiary speech and preaching violence to a group of followers.

    2. All religions (except perhaps Buddhism and Jainism) have hatred of outsiders at their core.

    You may call them kaffirs, heathens or wateva.

    A tolerant religion is a contradiction in terms. At best, less intolerant or more intolerant religions.

  12. guruprasad.s   February 15, 2010 at 12:50 pm

    Given the BO collections of both the movies, it looks like a lot of naive folks and their money have been parted in the process.

    I havent seen MNIK, but going by the review and many comments here, it is fair to assume that (even though assumption is the mother of all f**k ups) : (a) the movie has lot of mush, and that (b) subtlety is not a strong point of the movie.

    Regardless of the content of the movie, the title “My name is Khan” is likely to bring more Muslims into the theaters, than a movie named, say “Aman” (peace) or “Ummeed” (hope) some such name.
    When Kandasaamy was dubbed into Telugu, it was released as Mallanna, to send the right vibes to Telugu audience. These sort of things do influence the audience.

    Over the last several years, SRK has been kind of blowing his own trumpet, in the form of self-proclaimed titles such as “king-khan”, “Baadshah of Bollywood” etc.
    I have a feeling that the title MNIK is a product of such narcissist tendencies.

    The following quote appeared on my google page:
    “When they discover the center of the universe, a lot of people will be disappointed to discover they are not it.”
    – Bernard Bailey

    I am sure SRK will be one helluva disappointed fellow.

    While SRK created and fanned the Newark airport controversy, I dont fault him in the Shiv Sena case, in the sense that Sena provoked him and yet he hasnt opened his trap (due to fear perhaps) as much as he would have like to.

    The most ridiculous thing I found in the whole episode was CM Ashok Chavan congratulating the folks of Mumbai for coming in support of MNIK, and foiling the designs of Sena. What nonsense !! What if the people had opted not to watch the movie because of content ? For this reason alone, Chavan is the biggest of the three ch****as in my book.

    Have you seen Lagaan ?
    If not, would you review it ? Responds:

    1. That’s a lovely quote by Bernard Bailey. Surprised that it’s not in our copy of Yale Book of Quotations.

    2. We’ll review Lagaan soon.

  13. guruprasad.s   February 15, 2010 at 1:21 pm

    Raja Sen of has composed a list of 75 Hindi movies, which are the best of the decade according to him.
    While such exercises may not always be meaningful, there is a handful of good/very good movies in the list. I have listed down some of those movies, which have not been watched and reviewed by SI. I might be wrong in a few cases, in the sense that you have watched and reviewed it.
    Where I have watched the movie, I have also written alongside, the reasons to watch that movie.
    You can watch and review some of these movies.
    Mostly these are good movies, not just because they have been culled from a list of good movies, but because they are indeed good in some sense.
    And most of these havent done well at the box office, because these are made of stuff different from the usual Bollywood output.

    Oye Lucky Lucky Oye: Abhay Deol
    Lagaan: The whole thing !
    Company: RGV
    Hazaaron Khwaishein Aisi: Director Sudhir Mishra
    Seher: Director Kabir Kaushik and actor Arshad Warsi
    Rocket Singh — Salesman of the Year: Ranbir Kapoor
    Waisa Bhi Hota Hai Part II: Director and the whole cast
    Haasil: Irfan Khan
    Chandni Bar: Madhur Bhandarkar and Tabu
    Ab Tak Chhappan: Nana Patekar
    Rock On!!: Director Abhishek Kapoor and the whole cast
    Astitva: Tabu
    Page 3: Madhur Bhandarkar
    Luck By Chance: Director Zoya Akhtar

    In the case of Irfan Khan, Nana Patekar and Tabu above, they sort of own the movie. Responds:

    We haven’t seen most of the films in the above list. Seen the trailer of Rocket Singh…we weren’t impressed.

  14. StrYngLad74   February 15, 2010 at 2:49 pm

    @Twig: “God didn’t ask Abraham to sacrifice his son but Satan”

    This is why you cannot win with religious fundies, esp. Muslims. They claim that any non-Arab’s interpretation is false because they don’t understand Arabic and their book can be understood ONLY if you know the language. Let me guess the logical explanation for this “fiasco”: Yahweh/Allah was taking a heavenly shower while Satan/Shaitan “stole his clothes” and presented himself to Abraham/Ibrahim and asked him to do the “dastardly deed” of sacrificing his son? That might just become canonized.

    @ satya: “America is the country which is racial against muslims!!? Wtf.”

    I agree with SI when they say the Muslims behave much like Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck, and the rest of the Republicans. When they’re in power, you can’t even breathe in the wrong direction. When they’re not in power, they’ll cower down and play the victim in a nano-second, exploiting the very same liberal policies that they’d want to take away from you in the name of Sharia, once they’re in power.

    As for claims of racism by Muslims, I can’t help but laugh. They’re NOT A RACE, but there’s nothing sweeter than discussing the hypocrisy of the Muslims (which I call, “So much for ummah, eh?”).

    Look at this wanna-be “white boy”, i.e. former-cricketer-turned-politician/devout Muslim/future leader of Pakistan, Imran Khan, talking about the “African children” of a dark-skinned Babar Ghouri (a member of MQM), at a public meeting:

    ,or this “white” Arab prince torturing an Afghan “slave” for alleged theft:

    These two instances are besides the obvious ones of dark-skinned Bengalis being massacred by the “racially superior” Punjabis in 1971 or the scores of people of Pakistani, Bangladeshi, and Indian origin (Muslims or otherwise) being treated as 2nd rate humans in Arab lands or their 3-4 year olds racing camels for the pleasure of “white-skinned” Arabs or the slavery practiced by “Arab Sudanese” in Sudan against “darker-skinned” Africans, and so on and so forth.

    But, hey…Islam is a religious of peace. Don’t you dare disagree with that, or they’ll kill you. (Thanks, Bill Maher 😉 ) Responds:

    b-ismi-llāhi r-raḥmāni r-raḥīm
    In the name of God, Most Gracious, Most Merciful. 😉

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