Here we take a look at the top Bollywood grossing movies worldwide (including domestic plus overseas collection) of all time.
Every body knows that Aamir Khan is quite choosy about the roles he does, and that is why, despite being in the industry for more than a couple of decades, he doesn’t have as many films to his credit as some of his peers.
However, there’s no doubt whatsoever that he’s the Midas man of Bollywood. And now it seems, his magic touch is felt even on foreign shores, long seen as a bastion of SRK, the Baadshah of Bollywood.
- PK (Peekay) – Aamir and Anushka
Budget 85 c, Gross: 792 c, India: 489 c, Overseas: 303 c
‘Chaar Kadam’ Song from the movie PK
- Bajrangi Bhaijaan – Salman khan & Kareena
Budget- 90 crores, Gross: 626 c, India: 433 c, Overseas: 193 c
- Dhoom 3
Budget – 1.5 billion (US$23 million) Gross- 542c, India: 372c, Overseas: 170c
- Chennai Express
Budget- 75c, Gross- 422c, India: 301c, Overseas: 121c
- 3 Idiots
Budget- 35 crores, Gross- 395c, India: 269c, Overseas: 126c
Watch: Give Me Some Sunshine Song from 3 Idiots
- Happy New Year
Budget- INR 1.50 billion, Gross- 385 c, India: 295c, Overseas: 90c
- Dilwale (2015)
Budget- 100 crore, Gross- 381 c, India: 213c, Overseas: 168.58c
Budget- 100 crores, Gross- 377 c, India: 310 c, Overseas: 67c
- Krrish 3
Budget-115c, Gross: 374c, India: 320c, Overseas: 54c
- Bajirao Mastani (2015)
Budget- 125 crore, Gross- 355 c, India: 261c, Overseas: 79c
- Bang Bang!
Budget-145c, Gross: 341c, India: 181.03c, Overseas: 79c
- Ek Tha Tiger
Budget- 75c, Gross- 320c, India: 263c, Overseas: 57c
- Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani
Budget- 50c, Gross- 311c, India: 253c, Overseas: 58c
- Dabangg 2
Budget- 60c, Gross- 265c, India: 211c, Overseas: 54c.
Also Read: Bollywood Clash of the Titans.
Shah Rukh Khan’s movies have always made lots of money overseas, not just in US and UK but also in non-traditional markets.
Although he’s still the King in the international markets, Aamir Khan’s last three movies have been among the highest grossing movies in the international markets.
PK, Dhoom 3 and 3 Idiots are in top grossing movies on foreign shores. In fact these three movies top the list, followed by SRK’s Happy New Year and Chennai Express.
Is it because SRK has been doing lot of predictable movies lately, something that the foreign audiences are not enjoying? On the other hand, Aamir’s recent releases have been favoured more by the audience abroad.
Perhaps its time for a change in strategy for SRK? Whether he does that or not, time will reveal.
Biggest Money Spinners of Bollywood of All Time
Not long back, filmmakers in Bollywood used to take pride in the fact that their movies grossed more than 100 crores in the domestic market, but not any longer.
There are a few movies now that have grossed more than 200 crores, with ‘Dhoom 3’ even crossing 250 crores.
Here’s a list of the biggest money-spinners of Bollywood:
250 Crore Club
Dhoom 3 (Aamir Khan)
200 Crore Club
Chennai Express (Shahrukh Kham)
3 Idiots (Aamir Khan)
150 Crore Club
Ek Tha Tiger (Salman Khan)
Krrish 3 (Hrithik Roshan)
Yeh Jawaani Hai Diwani (Ranbir Kapoor, Deepika Padukone)
100 Crore Club
Jai Ho, Dabangg 2, Dabangg, Bodyguard, Ready (Salman Khan)
RA.One, Don 2, Jab Tak Hai Jaan (Shah Rukh Khan)
Rowdy Rathore, Housefull 2 (Akshay Kumar)
Ghajini (Aamir Khan)
Agneepath (Hrithik Roshan)
Bol Bachchan, Golmaal 3, Singham (Ajay Devgn/Rohit Shetty)
Ram-Leela (Deepika & Ranveer, Sanjay Leel Bhansali)
Bhaag Milkha Bhaag (Farhan Akhtar, Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra)
Barfi (Ranbir Kapoor)
Because the ticket prices, revenue options of today, cannot be compared with those that existed a decade back (and earlier), its not easy to include certain movies (such as DDLJ, Gadar, HAHK, Sholay) in this list, though those movies will always find mention, whenever the highest grossing Bollywood movies are spoken of.
Though it might be very tempting to say that DDLJ (Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge) would had earned in excess of 500cr today, its not easy to predict how different factors (such as Piracy) would have impacted its business. Same applies for Sholay!