Photo: Berlinale/Cinema for Peace. The photo shows Shah Rukh Khan and Kajol waving to fans during the Berlin International Films Festivals. The tickets for My Name Is Khan were sold out in five seconds flat in Berlin and each ticket was auctioned of at the rate of Euro 1000 or more on e-Bay.
My Name is Khan (MNIK), starring Shah Rukh Khan and Kajol, overshot film industry trade analysts’ expectations in North America by becoming the biggest grossing Bollywood film ever in terms of the first week collections. The film, opened on February 12, has in its first weekend made US$1.94 million in three days surpassing a record set in 2007 by Om Shanti Om, another film with SRK as the lead actor. Fox Star Studios, the overseas distributor of MNIK, released it in 121 theatres in USA and Canada. Also MNIK earned $2,275,000 in four days crossing the $2 million mark faster than any other Indian movie in North America, beating the record of the Aamir Khan-starrer Three Idiots that grossed $2,149,227 over five days.
“We had sold-out shows during the weekend in a lot of theatres. There has been a buzz about MNIK - it has scored reviews in LA Times and CBS News which is unprecedented for an Indian movie,” said a rep of Reliance’s Big Cinemas which operates 181 screens in the US.