Highest grossing Bollywood films

Here’s a look at some of the highest-grossing Bollywood films.

Highest grossing Bollywood films
Highest grossing Bollywood films

Shah Rukh Khan-starrer Pathaan is shattering all sorts of records. As per reports, the film crossed the `100-crore mark in gross box-office collections worldwide on Day 1, the highest-grossing first-day collections ever for a Hindi film. The film, which also stars John Abraham and Deepika Padukone, was released in Hindi, Tamil and Telugu on around 8,000 screens worldwide.

Here’s a look at some of the highest-grossing Bollywood films.


The 2016 Hindi-language biographical sports drama film was directed by Nitesh Tiwari and produced by Aamir Khan and Kiran Rao under Aamir Khan Productions with Siddharth Roy Kapur under The Walt Disney Company India. The film stars Khan as Mahavir Singh Phogat, an amateur wrestler who trains his daughters Geeta Phogat and Babita Kumari to become India’s first world-class female wrestlers. Produced on a budget of `70 crore ($10.42 million), the film grossed Rs 2,024 crore -`2,200 crore ($311 million -$330 million) worldwide, including $216.2 million in China, becoming one of the country’s
top 20 highest-grossing films and the highest-grossing non-English foreign film in China.

Bajrangi Bhaijaan

The 2015 Hindi-language comedy-drama film was co-written and directed by Kabir Khan, based on an original story by screenwriter V Vijayendra Prasad, and produced by Salman Khan, Rockline Venkatesh and Kabir Khan. The film stars Salman Khan with debutante Harshaali Malhotra, Kareena Kapoor Khan and Nawazuddin Siddiqui, and tells the story of Pawan Kumar Chaturvedi, a devotee of Hanuman, who embarks on a journey to take a mute six-year-old girl Shahida, separated in India from her mother, back to her hometown. Made on a budget of `75 crore ($11.69 million)-`90 crore ($14.03 million), it grossed `969 crore ($150 million) worldwide.


The 2014 Hindi-language science-fiction comedy-drama film was edited and directed by Rajkumar Hirani and written by Hirani and Abhijat Joshi, and jointly produced by Hirani and Vidhu Vinod Chopra under the banners Rajkumar Hirani Films and Vinod Chopra Films, respectively. The plot follows an innocent alien (Aamir Khan) who lands on Earth but loses his communication device.

He meets Jaggu (Anushka Sharma), a heartbroken reporter, and tries to find his device. With time, he raises many thought-provoking questions.

Produced on a budget of `850 million (approximately $12 million), PK’s final worldwide gross was `854 crore ($140 million), as per reports.


The 2016 Hindi-language sports drama film was directed by Ali Abbas Zafar. Produced by Aditya Chopra under the Yash Raj Films banner, the film stars Salman Khan as the title character opposite Anushka Sharma. The film focuses on Sultan Ali Khan, a fictional wrestler and former world wrestling champion from Haryana whose successful career has created a rift in his personal life. The film was released worldwide on July 6, 2016. It received positive reviews from critics and has grossed `623.33 crore ($93 million) worldwide, according to reports.


The 2018 Hindi-language biographical film was directed and edited by Rajkumar Hirani, written by Hirani and Abhijat Joshi and produced by Hirani and Vidhu Vinod Chopra under the banners Rajkumar Hirani Films and Vinod Chopra Films. The film chronicles the life of Bollywood actor Sanjay Dutt with main parts bringing his addiction with drugs, arrest for his association with the 1993 Bombay bombings, relationship with his father, comeback in the industry, the eventual drop of charges from the Bombay bombings and release after completing his jail term. Ranbir Kapoor stars as the title character, along with an ensemble cast which features Paresh Rawal, Vicky Kaushal, Manisha Koirala, Anushka Sharma, Sonam Kapoor Ahuja, Dia Mirza and Jim Sarbh. With a worldwide gross of over `586.85 crore ($73 million), Sanju emerged as the highest grossing Bollywood film of 2018.

Tiger Zinda Hai

The 2017 Hindi-language spy action-thriller film was written and directed by Ali Abbas Zafar from a story by Zafar and Neelesh Misra; produced by Aditya Chopra under Yash Raj Films. The film is the sequel to Ek Tha Tiger (2012) and the second in the Tiger franchise, and also the second installment in the YRF Spy Universe. The film stars Salman Khan and Katrina Kaif reprising their roles from the predecessor alongside Angad Bedi, Sajjad Delafrooz, Kumud Mishra, Nawab Shah, Ivan Rodrigues, Girish Karnad and Paresh Rawal. In Tiger Zinda Hai, Avinash ‘Tiger’ Singh Rathore (Khan) and Zoya Humaini-Rathore (Kaif) must come out of hiding to save hostages held by a militant terrorist organisation in Iraq. With a budget of `150 crore ($23.03 million), it was one of the most expensive Hindi films ever made at the time of its release. Like its predecessor, it set numerous box-office records during its theatrical run, grossing over `565.1 crore ($86.78 million) worldwide.


The 2018 period romantic action drama film was directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali. Based on the epic poem of the same name by Malik Muhammad Jayasi, it stars Deepika Padukone as Rani Padmavati, a Rajput queen known for her beauty, wife of Maharawal Ratan Singh, played by Shahid Kapoor. Sultan Alauddin Khilji, played by Ranveer Singh, hears of her beauty and attacks her kingdom to enslave her. With a production budget of `180 crore ($23 million) – `190 crore ($24 million), Padmaavat grossed over `585 crore ($73 million) at the box office, as per reports.

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First published on: 05-02-2023 at 00:15 IST