The Hindi film industry “Bollywood” is the world’s largest film production center. The first feature film (silent black-and-white) produced in India was the “Raja Harishchandra” produced by Dadasaheb Phalke in 1913. With the passage of time, the industry expanded and the number of films produced.
From the 1960s, the industry achieved major commercial success more regularly, and the revenue earned multiplied manifold; The 1975 film ‘Sholay’ earned triple the amount that the previous record-holder 1960s Mughal-e-Azam earned, while Hum Aapke Hain Koun..! (1994) more than quadrupled Sholay’s record. Post the “dark phase” of the 1980s, business increased tremendously as is visible from the major success of films like Hum Aapke Hain Koun..!, Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge and Gadar: Ek Prem Katha.
Initially, the success of a film was determined by box office longevity than revenue. However, due to increasing competition from television and the threat of piracy, and later the advent of alternative media, longevity of films decreased drastically and revenue became the focus of success.
Below is a list of top ten highest grossing worldwide Bollywood movies of all time. Hum Aapke Hain Koun..! (released in 1994) was the first Bollywood film to cross INR 1 billion (US$15 million) worldwide.
1. PK (Peekay)
Budget 85 c, Gross: 792 c, India: 489 c, Overseas: 303 c
PK is all set to create history by entering the 300 crore club by the end of its 3rd Sunday run. PK, so far, has collected 326 crores nett at the Domestic Box Office, which takes its Gross total to 470c. And on the overseas front, the movie has earned 156 c gross, that takes its Worldwide gross business to 626 crores at the Box Office. The film stars Aamir Khan in the title role, with Anushka Sharma, Sushant Singh Rajput, Boman Irani, Saurabh Shukla, and Sanjay Dutt in supporting roles.
The film opened in 22 international markets during its opening weekend and grossed $28.7 million placing at #3 at the worldwide box office behind The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies and Gone with the Bullets. In North America, the film set an opening weekend record with $3.75 million (previously held by Dhoom 3) placing at #10 at the box office.
Budget- 70 crore, Gross- 721.14 crore, India: 523.47c, Overseas: 197.67c
Star Cast: Aamir Khan, Sakshi Tanwar, Fatima Sana Shaikh, Sanya Malhotra, Zaira Wasim and Suhani Bhatnagar.
Dangal was released in the United States on 21 December 2016 and worldwide on 23 December 2016. The film was shown on an estimated 4300 screens in India and 1000 screens internationally.
3. Bajrangi Bhaijaan
Budget- 90 crores, Gross: 626 c, India: 433 c, Overseas: 193 c
Releasing on Eid 2015, Salman Khan’s “Bajrangi Bhaijaan” beats ‘Happy New Year’, ‘3 Idiots’ lifetime earnings. The film has become the first Bollywood film of 2015 to cross ₹300 crore with its net collection at the domestic box office. The movie took just 9 days to earn ₹200 crore from its domestic box office run. It is the third fastest film after “PK” and “Dhoom 3” to earn ₹200 crore in just nine days.
Budget- 70c, Gross- 589 c, India: 420.65 c, Overseas: 168 c
Star Cast: Salman Khan, Anushka Sharma, Amit Sadh, Randeep Hooda.
Sultan is a mixed bag of emotion, action, love and of course Salman Khan. Directed by Ali Abbas Zafar. Produced by Aditya Chopra under the Yash Raj Films banner. The film focuses on Sultan Ali Khan, a fictional wrestling champion from Haryana whose successful career creates a rift in his personal life.
5. Dhoom 3: Back in Action
Budget 1.5 billion (US$23 million) Gross- 542c, India: 372c, Overseas: 170c
Aamir Khan and Katrina Kaif starrer Dhoom 3 is breaking all records in India and overseas. Dhoom 3 became the highest grossing Bollywood film in India and around the world by collecting over 533 cr (US$85 million) worldwide in just two weeks. The film beat the INR3.95 billion (US$60 million) record set by Chennai Express according to Box Office India.
6. Chennai Express
Budget- 75c, Gross- 422c, India: 301c, Overseas: 121c
Chennai Express is a 2013 Indian romantic action-comedy film directed by Rohit Shetty and produced by Gauri Khan under the banner Red Chillies Entertainment. The film stars Shahrukh Khan and Deepika Padukone in lead roles. The film currently the highest-grossing Bollywood film of 2013. The film broke the record held by 3 Idiots (2009) in the domestic market and was declared a Blockbuster in India by Box Office India. It is also the third highest-grossing Bollywood film in overseas markets. Chennai Express went on to become the highest-grossing Bollywood film worldwide, surpassing 3 Idiots. With worldwide gross INR 422 crore (US$65 million).
7. Prem Ratan Dhan Payo
Budget- 80c, Gross- 399c, India: 305c, Overseas: 93.70c
8. 3 Idiots
Budget- 35 crores, Gross- 395c, India: 269c, Overseas: 126c
Since the year 2013, the film was at top the list of highest grossing worldwide Bollywood movies. The recard was first breaked by Chennai Express than Dhoom 3 and than PK. Now 3 Idiots is at number 6 in the list with worldwide gross INR 395 crore (US$60 million). It is a 2009 Indian comedy-drama film directed by Rajkumar Hirani, with a screenplay by Abhijat Joshi, and produced by Vidhu Vinod Chopra. 3 Idiots stars Aamir Khan, Kareena Kapoor, R. Madhavan, Sharman Joshi, Omi Vaidya, Parikshit Sahni and Boman Irani.
9. Happy New Year
Budget- INR 1.50 billion, Gross- 385 c, India: 295c, Overseas: 90c
Directed by Farah Khan and produced by Gauri Khan, Happy New Year had a bumper opening on day one setting new record by collecting around INR450 million (US$7.3 million) nett, making it the first Bollywood film to reach the figure for a single day. The film released on Diwali, 24 October 2014, in three different languages: Hindi, Tamil and Telugu. The film starer Shahrukh Khan, Deepika Padukone, Abhishek Bachchan, Sonu Sood, Boman Irani, Vivaan Shah and Jackie Shroff. HNY became the 9th Highest grossing worldwide Bollywood movies and collected around INR 383 crore.
10. Dilwale (2015)
Budget- 100 crore, Gross- 381 c, India: 213c, Overseas: 168.58c
Star Cast: Shah Rukh Khan, Kajol, Varun Dhawan, Kriti Sanon, Johnny Lever, Varun Sharma, Boman Irani, Sanjay Mishra.. Director: Rohit Shetty.
Highest Grossing Worldwide Bollywood Movies
1. PK (2014) – ₹ 792.00 crore
2. Dangal (2016) – ₹721.14 crore
3. Bajrangi Bhaijaan (2015) – ₹ 626.00 crore
4. Sultan (2016) – ₹ 589.00 crore
5. Dhoom3 (2013) – ₹ 542.00 crore
6. Chennai Express (2013) – ₹422.00 crore
7. Prem Ratan Dhan Payo (2015) – ₹399.00 crore
8. 3 Idiots (2009) – ₹395.00 crore
9. Dilwale (2015) – ₹394.00 crore
10. Happy New Year (2014) – ₹385.00 crore
11. Kick (2014) – ₹377.00 crore
12. Krrish 3 (2013) – ₹374.00 crore
13. Bajirao Mastani (2015) – ₹367.00 crore
14. Bang Bang (2014) – ₹340.00 crore
15. Ek Tha Tiger (2012) – ₹320.00 crore
16. Yeh Jawaani Hain Deewaani (2013) – ₹318.00 crore
17. Dabangg 2 (2012) – ₹265.00 crore
18. Tanu Weds Manu Returns (2015) – ₹258.00 crore
19. Ae Dil Hai Mushkil (2016) – ₹242.50 crore
20. Jab Tak Hai Jaan (2012) – ₹241.00 crore
21. Airlift (2016) – ₹231.60 crore
22. Rustom (2016) – ₹218.80 crore
Highest Grossing Worldwide Bollywood Movies Gallery
Salman Khan’s Kick movie has been highly awaited film in this year. The movie has been collected awesome performance at the domestic and oversea box office in his 1st week and 2nd weekend journey. According to boxoffice, Kick has made a total of Rs 390 crores so far which includes over Rs 68 crores of overseas collections and over Rs 322 crores of domestic collections.
Superhero science fiction film Krrish 3 became the 10th highest grossing worldwide Bollywood movie with worldwide gross INR 374 crore. The film which released in 2013, is produced and directed by Rakesh Roshan. It is the third film in the Krrish series following Koi… Mil Gaya (2003) and Krrish (2006). The film stars Hrithik Roshan, Vivek Oberoi, Priyanka Chopra, and Kangna Ranaut in the lead roles.
Budget- 125 crore, Gross- 355 c, India: 261c, Overseas: 79c Star Cast: Ranveer Singh, Priyanka Chopra, Deepika Padukone.
The 2014 Bollywood action thriller film “Bang Bang!” became the 12th highest grossing Bollywood film. It’s directed by Siddharth Anand and produced by Fox Star Studios. The film is an official remake of the Hollywood film Knight and Day and features Hrithik Roshan and Katrina Kaif in the lead roles performed by Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz respectively in the original.
Ek Tha Tiger is 11th amongst Highest grossing Bollywood movies and collected around INR320 crore (US$47 million) worldwide. It’s a romantic action thriller film, directed by Kabir Khan and produced by Aditya Chopra of Yash Raj Films. It stars Salman Khan and Katrina Kaif in the lead roles and Ranvir Shorey, Girish Karnad, Roshan Seth and Gavie Chahal in supporting roles.
The 12th highest grossing Bollywood film worldwide at the end of the year 2013. The film collected INR 311 crore worldwide. It’s a 2013 Indian coming-of-age romantic comedy film, directed by Ayan Mukerji and produced by Karan Johar. The film stars Ranbir Kapoor and Deepika Padukone in lead roles. The most important secret behind the huge success of YJHD is that the Bollywood legend Madhuri Dixit appears in an item number titled “Ghagra” .
The 15th biggest Worldwide grosser in the history of Hindi film industry. Dabangg 2 is a 2012 Bollywood action comedy directed and produced by Arbaaz Khan. It’s a sequel to the 2010 film Dabangg. The story is set in the city of Kanpur. The film features Salman Khan and Sonakshi Sinha reprising their roles from the previous film.
My Name Is Khan is a 2010 Indian drama film directed by Karan Johar, written by Shibani Bathija and starring Shahrukh Khan and Kajol in the lead roles. Produced by Hiroo Johar, Gauri Khan and Shahrukh Khan, the film was jointly produced by Dharma Productions and Red Chillies Entertainment. The Movie was highly appreciated by audience worldwide and this movie was worldwide distributed by Fox Star Studios in around 76 countries and the film collected whooping 214 crore worldwide after it’s second phase.
Rowdy Rathore is a 2012 Indian action film directed by Prabhu Deva and produced by Rajat Rawail, Sanjay Leela Bhansali and Ronnie Screwvala. The film features Akshay Kumar in double roles opposite Sonakshi Sinha and Paresh Ganatra, Yashpal Sharma, Gurdeep Kohli in supporting role while Tamil actor Nassar as antagonist. Rowdy Rathore had been the most appreciated film since Dabangg released in 2010. Rowdy Rathore has emerged one of the biggest grosser and grossed 201 crore (US$37.99 million)worldwide.
Ghajini is a 2008 Indian psychological thriller film written and directed by A. R. Murugadoss and produced by Tagore Madhu and Madhu Mantena. The Soundtrack and score is by A. R. Rahman. The film stars Aamir Khan, Asin and Jiah Khan in lead roles while Pradeep Rawat and Riyaz Khan essay supporting roles. According to Box Office India, Ghajini’s box-office worldwide gross total was 190 crore (US$35.91 million).The film was declared a “All Time Blockbuster” worldwide.
Ready is a 2011 Indian romantic comedy film directed by Anees Bazmee, starring Salman Khan and Asin in the lead roles. It also features Paresh Rawal, Arya Babbar and Mahesh Manjrekar in supporting roles, while Sanjay Dutt, Ajay Devgan Kangna Ranaut, Zarine Khan and Arbaaz Khan make cameo appearances. According to Box Office India, Ready worldwide gross total 184 crore (US$34.78 million).
Housefull 2 is a 2012 Indian comedy film directed by Sajid Khan and produced by Sajid Nadiadwala. It is the sequel to the 2010 film, Housefull and stars Akshay Kumar, Asin Thottumkal, John Abraham, Jacqueline Fernandez, in the lead roles, whilst Ritesh Deshmukh, Zarine Khan, Shreyas Talpade, Shazahn Padamsee, Randhir Kapoor, Rishi Kapoor, Mithun Chakraborty and Boman Irani play supporting roles. Housefull 2 grossed 184 crore Worldwide. Housefull 2 is the fourth most successful film of the year 2012. It is Akshay’s first film to cross the 100 crore (US$18.9 million) and Asin’s third most successful film.
Budget- 70c, Gross- 217c, India: 142c, Overseas: 75 Don 2 is a 2011 (144 minutes running time) Indian action crime film directed by Farhan Akhtar and co-written by him along with Ameet Mehta and Amrish Shah. The film is produced by Ritesh Sidhwani, Shahrukh Khan and Farhan Akhtar. It is a sequel to the 2006 film, Don and stars Shahrukh Khan, Priyanka Chopra, Lara Dutta, Om Puri, Boman Irani and Kunal Kapoor. It’s sequel of previously hit franchise Don and the sequel of Don roared worldwide with collection around 217 crore.
Budget- 15c, Gross- 215c, India: 177c, Overseas: 38c Dabangg is a 2010 Indian action film, directed by Abhinav Kashyap and produced by Arbaaz Khan under the Arbaaz Khan Productions. The lead actors Salman Khan and Sonakshi Sinha. The film marks the debut of Sonakshi as an actor, Arbaaz as a producer and Kashyap as a director. It features Arbaaz Khan, Om Puri, Dimple Kapadia, Vinod Khanna, Anupam Kher, Mahesh Manjrekar and Mahie Gill in supporting roles while Sonu Sood plays the main antagonist. It’s the action packed bollywood film starring Salman Khan and collected around 215 crore (US$40.64 million) worldwide.
13. Bodyguard Budget- 60c, Gross- 230c, India: 178c, Overseas: 52c Bodyguard is a 2011 Indian masala film directed by Siddique. The film was produced by Atul Agnihotri and features Salman Khan and Kareena Kapoor in the lead roles. The Film is official remake of south film ‘bodyguard’ which was hit over there and movie roared in bollywood too with whooping 230 crore (US$43.47 million).
12. Ra.One Budget- 125c, Gross- 240c, India: 182c, Overseas: 58c Ra.One is a 2011 Indian science fiction superhero film directed by Anubhav Sinha, and starring Shah Rukh Khan, Arjun Rampal, Kareena Kapoor, Armaan Verma, Shahana Goswami and Tom Wu in pivotal roles. According to Box Office India the Hindi version of Ra.One collected a worldwide gross revenue of INR 202 crore (US$31 million). According to Eros International, Ra.One grossed INR240 crore (US$37 million) worldwide from all its versions.
11. Jab Tak Hai Jaan Budget- INR600 million, Gross- 241c, India: 161c, Overseas: 80c. Jab Tak Hai is a 2012 Indian romantic drama film directed by Yash Chopra and written and produced by Aditya Chopra under their production banner, Yash Raj Films. It features Shahrukh Khan, Katrina Kaif and Anushka Sharma in lead roles.