Trade sources state, “3 Idiots has set a new record for Paid preview shows by grossing Rs. 2.25 crore nett. The previous record holder Ghajini did a business of Rs. 1.75 crore nett. The films has also created a sensation at multiplexes by recording the best opening ever at multiplexes as the first day recorded 95-100% collections on heavy volume. Good single screens were also very good with some B+C single screens being a bit lower though this will not affect overall collections as multiplexes and major single screens have high collections".
The source adds “The reports are very good and the film is a winner all the way and just remains to be seen if it can do blockbuster business. Three Idiots has hit the box office like a hurricane and has smashed many first day records at the box office. All records at multiplexes have been smashed as it records collections which are just unbelievable. Many multiplexes have recorded double the collections of Ghajini for the first Friday. The first day business was an unimaginable Rs. 12.75 crore nett. The previous record for the first Friday was Rs. 9.25 crore nett recorded by Ghajini last December."
Another trade pundit however adds, “It must also be noted that the 3 Idiots first day was a Christmas Day holiday while Ghajini first Friday was a normal day but even accounting for that, it is still a phenomenal collection. This takes the 3 Idiots total to 15.50 crore nett with paid previews (2.75 crore nett) and the weekend seems to be heading for 37-39 crore nett collections which is truly mind boggling."