`Dhoom 3` races for Rs 300 crore mark

Mumbai: The makers of `Dhoom 3` have found the pot of gold with the fast-paced action thriller. The Hindi box office business of the Aamir Khan-starrer has reached Rs.211 crore and, looking at its pace, trade pundits predict it will soon cross the benchmark set by Shah Rukh Khan-starrer `Chennai Express`, which became the biggest grosser by earning Rs.216 crore.

Also starring Katrina Kaif, Abhishek Bachchan and Uday Chopra, `Dhoom 3` came out on Dec 20 on around 4,000 screens in the country. Estimated to be made on a budget of about Rs.100 crore, the film has been produced by Yash Raj Films.

Rajesh Thadani of Multimedia Combines said: "`Dhoom:3` has collected around Rs.211 crore only in Hindi all over India. In other languages, the film has collected around Rs.10 crore."

The overseas collection of director Vijay Krishna Acharya`s offering is also overwhelming.

"As far as overseas collection is concerned, the film has almost collected around Rs.100 crore, so in totality `Dhoom: 3` has collected over Rs.300 crore, which is terrific in nine days," Thadani said.

If `Dhoom:3`, the third successful film in the `Dhoom` franchise, maintains its collection, then it will break the record of `Chennai Express`, according to Sanjay Ghai of Mukta Arts.

"Today is the ninth day and `Dhoom:3` has collected Rs.211 crore, which is outstanding and it was the same with `Chennai Express`. And if the film maintains (the collection), then tomorrow (Monday) it will break the `Chennai Express` record," he said.

"I am confident it will cross Rs.300 crore in India, provided the film doesn`t show any dip in the collection," he added.

Thadani too predicts the same.

"I see the film anywhere in the range of Rs.250 to Rs.300 crore as it`s doing exceptionally well."

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