Mumbai: Grossing an
estimated $18 million at the box office in its first weekend, Shah Rukh Khan starrer “My Name is Khan” has broken the opening weekend
record for a Hindi film worldwide.
A love story set against the backdrop racial discrimination post
9/11, “My Name Is Khan” has struck a chord with audience around the
“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 Rizwan and
Mandira,” Vijay Singh, CEO Fox Star Studios, the Indian distributor
of the film said in a statement.
The film features Shah Rukh as Rizwan Khan
who embarks on a journey across America to win back the love of his
life, Mandira, played by Kajol. It shows how, along the way, his
personality touches the lives of many and inspires a nation.
Filmmaker Karan Johar is ecstatic at the
“I am overwhelmed by the unprecedented
audience response for our film. The audience has the power and more
power to them,” Karan Johar said in a press release.
The movie is being marketed and
distributed by Fox Star in India, in the US by its sister company
Fox Searchlight, and in the rest of the world by parent group
company 20th Century Fox International.
In India, despite the issues in
Maharashtra, Gujarat, Indore and other centres on Friday and part of
Saturday, the film has opened exceptionally well. In states where
the film opened normally, including Delhi-Uttar Pradesh, West
Bengal, Tamil Nadu, Kerala, the collections have been the highest