Movies are an important part of India’s culture and entertainment. From Bollywood, Hollywood to regional language films, movie-going remains popular. Every year, India produces some of the biggest box office hits. Some even earn ₹1 billion (US$14 million)! Fans love to watch their favorite stars on the big screen.
Here’s a list of the top 10 highest grossing films in India!
- Baahubali 2: The Conclusion (2017) – Rs. 1,810 crores ($290 million)
- Pathaan (2023) – Rs 1050 crores ($130 million)
- 2.0 (2018) – Rs. 800 crores ($126 million)
- Baahubali: The Beginning (2015) – Rs. 650 crores ($98 million)
- Dangal (2016) – Rs. 532 crores ($84 million)
- PK (2014) – Rs. 832 crores ($123 million)
- Sanju (2018) – Rs. 586 crores ($90 million)
- Tiger Zinda Hai (2017) – Rs. 565 crores ($87 million)
- Padmaavat (2018) – Rs. 560 crores ($87 million)
- Sultan (2016) – Rs. 623 crores ($96 million)
Highest Grossing Bollywood Films
India’s movie industry is one of the biggest in the world. Every year, it releases plenty of major, blockbuster films. Several of these high-budget movies have become some of the highest-grossing movies ever.
Let us take a look at the 10 highest-grossing Bollywood movies in India!
Dangal is one of the most successful Bollywood films. It was released on December 21, 2016 and has earned over ₹2,024 crore (US$280 million) since then. Nitesh Tiwari wrote and directed the film and Aamir Khan and his wife Kiran Rao produced it under UTV Motion Pictures and Aamir Khan Productions.
The movie was based on the real-life story of Mahavir Singh Phogat and his daughters Geeta Phogat and Babita Kumari. Aamir Khan played Mahavir, a former wrestler who trained his daughters to win a gold medal for India in female wrestling at the international level. The movie follows their journey after Geeta won gold at the Commonwealth Games 2010 in Delhi.
Dangal received several awards, including four Filmfare Awards. These were for Best Film, Best Director for Tiwari, Best Supporting Actress for Zaira Wasim and Best Action for Ammtoje Manjrekar. It also won two National Film Awards for Best Popular Film Providing Wholesome Entertainment and Best Supporting Actor for Sakshi Tanwar at the 65th National Film Awards 2017. Dangal was nominated for several other awards, including the Asian Films Awards 2017 in London. Aamir Khan was even honored with the Padma Shri award in 2017, one of the highest civilian honors in India.
PK is an Indian satirical science fiction comedy film released in 2014. Directed by Rajkumar Hirani and produced by Vinod Chopra, it starred Aamir Khan as an alien who visits Earth on a research mission. He gets stranded when his spaceship’s remote control beeps away. Anushka Sharma plays a television journalist who joins him on a journey to discover his true purpose.
The movie was a massive success. It was the highest grossing film of all time in the Indian film industry, and grossed over ₹900 crores worldwide. Even today, it still holds the record for being one of the highest-grossing Indian films of all time.
Khan and Sharma gave stunning performances that likely contributed to the movie’s success. It also features an exotic cast of Sushant Singh Rajput, Sanjay Dutt and Boman Irani. The movie conveys that spirituality should come naturally, instead of through external means like public displays or rituals.
Overall, PK has earned recognition for its story telling skills. Its relatable characters and enjoyable music will provide a contented viewing experience even many years from now!
Sanju, a 2018 Indian biographical drama, smashed box office records and became the highest-grossing Bollywood film of all time. It earned ₹58.99 crore (US$8.46 million) in India and ₹634 crore (US$88 million) worldwide. Ranbir Kapoor played Sanjay Dutt.
The movie highlighted his addiction to drugs and arrest for terrorism. It also covered his relationships with his dad Sunil Dutt and wife Manyata Dutt, and his prison sentence for possessing firearms. It also told of his return to success as an actor. Rajkumar Hirani directed it and he and Abhijat Joshi wrote it. Sanju was released on June 29th, 2018. It had 4000 screens worldwide and got great reviews. Critics praised Kapoor’s performance but they said the narrative structure was loose. A.R Rahman, Lesle Lewis and Rohan-Vinayak produced the soundtrack album. The inspiring title song “Kar Har Maidaan Fateh” was popular with audiences.
Tiger Zinda Hai (2017)
Ali Abbas Zafar directed the action thriller movie “Tiger Zinda Hai” in 2017. Salman Khan and Katrina Kaif were the stars. It released in December as the sequel of the 2012 blockbuster “Ek Tha Tiger” for Christmas.
Tiger and Zoya join forces to save Indian spies in Iraq from a terrorist organization. This movie was very successful with its action scenes, story line, and lead actors.
It made over Rs 339 crores (USD 45 million) in India and Rs 693 crores (USD 95 million) worldwide. “Tiger Zinda Hai” proved that “the Salman Khan brand” would remain at the top of India’s box office charts.
Bajrangi Bhaijaan (2015)
In 2015, Kabir Khan directed Bajrangi Bhaijaan, a Bollywood drama. Salman Khan and Harshaali Malhotra were its lead characters. Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Kareena Kapoor Khan had supporting roles.
The story was about an unlikely friendship. A mute girl from Pakistan and an Indian man. He agreed to help her find her family. Help her make it back to Pakistan, across the border. Their journey had life-altering adventures. They learned about friendship, charity, compassion and human bond.
Bajrangi Bhaijaan became one of the highest grossing films in India’s box office history. It made a total net of INR 918 crore worldwide. It won awards, like the Best Popular Film at the 62nd National Film Awards. Three Indian states declared it tax free. Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan. This helped it extend its theatrical run.
The film won over many audiences. Its heart-warming message was about togetherness. It transcended boundaries like religion, language or nation states.
Padmaavat (2018), a Hindi-language epic-period drama film, was directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali. It starred Shahid Kapoor, Deepika Padukone, and Ranveer Singh in lead roles. Based on a 16th-century Sufi poem, the film was an adaptation of the legendary tale of Padmavati.
She was a Hindu Rajput queen who self-immolated to protect herself from a devious sultan. Audiences all over India responded to its grand production and captivating visuals. This made it the highest grossing Bollywood film of 2018.
At a box office collection of INR 586 crores, Padmaavat was ahead of Sultan and Baahubali 2: The Conclusion. It had an estimated budget of INR 200 crores and was released to over 5,000 screens worldwide.
The soundtrack collaborations and stellar performances by the cast members drew admiration from Indian viewers of all age groups and from overseas viewers due to its subject. It depicts a brave queen’s battle for freedom amidst subjugation and intimidation. This visually stunning yet thought provoking saga won Padmashri for Sanjay Leela Bhansali. It received various accolades at award ceremonies worldwide.
Released in June 2016, Sultan was a hit sports-drama starring Salman Khan and Anushka Sharma. Directed by Ali Abbas Zafar, it tells the story of a former wrestler from Haryana whose career and personal life had been suppressed by influences from his past. The film enjoyed major success at the box office, earning about 589 crores worldwide and becoming one of India’s highest-grossing films ever.
Sultan Ali Khan is an aspiring wrestler who had to give up his dreams for his family. When a chance encounter leads him back to wrestling, he is determined to prove himself to the world. With great skill and strong determination, Sultan overcomes all odds and sets out to achieve his goals of gold medals at international events such as Commonwealth Games or Olympics qualifiers. The love story between Sultan and Aarfa helps them both reach their dreams with each other’s support. The climax is thrilling and heartwarming as Sultan accomplishes all that he sets out for with Aarfa watching proudly.
Sultan created a new perspective in Bollywood sports-oriented films which sparked remakes such as Dangal (2016) or Kabir Singh (2019). The film is still popular even after four years due to its catchy songs, such as Baby Ko Bass Pasand Hai featuring Salman Khan & Anushka Sharma, and tribal yet charming Punjabi songs like Tuk Tuk featuring Mika Singh & Vishal Dadlani.
Dhoom 3 (2013)
Dhoom 3 (2013) is a Bollywood action thriller. It was written and directed by Vijay Krishna Acharya. The movie stars Aamir Khan, Abhishek Bachchan, Katrina Kaif and Uday Chopra. This is the third installment of the Dhoom series. It tells the story of a motocycle-riding team of robbers known as Dhoom.
The movie was released on 20 December 2013 and made a huge success. It made an estimated 251 crores at the domestic box office in seventeen days. This beat 3 Idiots’ record as the highest grossing Hindi film in India.
Overseas, it became one of only four Indian films to cross 250 crores at the worldwide box office. It was declared a “blockbuster” by Box Office India. The movie was inspired from The Dark Knight Rises and focused on Aamir Khan’s character playing an architect lawyer who returns to India to take revenge against his father’s killers.
Dhoom 3 was well-received. People praised its action sequences, cinematography, special effects, visuals and background score composed by Pritam Chakraborty. He earned several nominations for Best Background Score at various award functions.
The movie was a huge success. It won two National Film Awards and six Filmfare awards including Best Film- Critics Choice Award in 2014. Dhoom 3 is one of Bollywood’s most successful ventures till date!
Kabir Singh (2019)
Kabir Singh, released in 2019, is the highest grossing Bollywood film ever. Sandeep Reddy Vanga directed this romantic-drama; starring Shahid Kapoor and Kiara Advani.
The story follows Dr. Kabir Rajveer Singh (Kabir), an impulsive, angry young surgeon who falls for Preeti Sikka (Preethi). After a brief romance, they decide to marry. However, Preeti is forced to marry someone else due to family pressure. This event has an immense impact on Kabir, leading to a downward spiral.
He tries to seek justice for his beloved Preeti, resulting in self-destruction.
Kabir Singh was a big success in Indian cinema history, with a global box office collection of $56 million. It surpassed Padmaavat as the highest-grossing Indian film. Shahid Kapoor won multiple awards, including Best Actor at Filmfare Awards and IIFA Awards, for his role.
The soundtrack and background score, composed by Sachet–Parampara, were also very successful. Superhit songs such as “Bekhayali”, “Mere Sohneya” and “Kaise Hua” were released.
Uri: The Surgical Strike (2019)
Uri: The Surgical Strike is an Indian action film released in 2019. It is based on the 2016 Indian Army surgical strikes across the Line of Control in Pakistan as a retaliation to the Uri attack of 2016. Aditya Dhar directed it and Ronnie Screwvala produced it. Vicky Kaushal, Paresh Rawal, Mohit Raina and Yami Gautam starred in it.
It was well-received both commercially and critically. Its collection crossed ₹340 crore worldwide.
Major Vihaan Singh Shergill was assigned to conduct a covert operation. The goal was to take out suspected militants at their own bases along the line of control. The mission was a success, but there was outrage from all sides. Indian Army sent agents to manage and control the tension between India and Pakistan over the surgical strikes.
It is one of the highest grossing films in Indian cinema. It earned more than ₹340 crore worldwide.
The film is an intense war thriller. It depicts patriotism among audiences throughout India. It has action sequences, cinematography & stellar performances which were praised by both critics & audiences. It got 9/10 ratings on many movie streaming websites.
It was celebrated in India and internationally. Uri: The Surgical Strike celebrates the courage displayed by Indians during unexpected times!
Highest Grossing Hollywood Films
The Indian film industry is one of the biggest worldwide. Hollywood movies often make a fortune here. Over the years, many Hollywood flicks have made it to the top of the domestic box office charts. Some even grossed more than numerous Bollywood blockbusters!
Let’s look at the highest grossing Hollywood films ever in India! It’s the top ten countdown!
Avengers: Endgame (2019)
Avengers: Endgame (2019) is the top grossing Hollywood movie ever! It was released in April 2019 and earned a whopping ₹524 crores in India. Anthony and Joe Russo directed the movie, which featured Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), Captain America (Chris Evans), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) and Hulk (Mark Ruffalo).
Critics praised the movie for its gripping plot, intense action sequences and stunning visuals. It got multiple awards and nominations. It was Marvel Studios’ major success, being the grand finale of the 22-film Infinity Saga and the 10-year story arcs of beloved characters.
Avengers: Infinity War (2018)
Avengers: Infinity War (2018) was a smash hit in India. It made over ₹400 crores at the box office! Directed by Anthony and Joe Russo, it was the fourth installment in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, Black Widow, and the Hulk all joined forces to stop Thanos from collecting all six infinity stones. He wanted to wipe out half of the universe!
This action-packed spectacle featured an ensemble cast and impressed fans worldwide. Visual storytelling, effects, and plot momentum were highly praised. In India, Avengers: Infinity War (2018) was the highest grossing Hollywood film at the time.
The Lion King (2019)
The Lion King, the live-action remake of Disney’s beloved animated classic, was released in 2019. It smashed records at the box office and became one of the highest grossing films of the year. It was no. 1 in India’s top 10 box office collections.
In India, it collected Rs 189crores. This makes it one of the most successful Hollywood movies to have released in India recently. It grossed Rs 81crores in its opening weekend. This took its total to Rs 117crores in the fourth day post-release.
The movie had a great run and managed to rake in massive numbers even months after its release. It became one of Disney’s most successful live-animated remakes. It carved out an entirely new audience across age groups, with families forming an important part.
Despite facing tough competition from other movies, The Lion King maintained its position at the top spot for more than three weeks. This was thanks to good word-of-mouth publicity and strong pre-sales data which allowed it to dwarf other movies screening around the same time.
Fast & Furious 7 (2015)
Fast & Furious 7 (2015) was the highest-grossing Hollywood flick in India. It earned 226.04 crores. James Wan directed this action-spy thriller. Paul Walker, Vin Diesel and Dwayne Johnson starred as a team of undercover agents. They fought international terrorism. This movie was part of the popular Fast & Furious franchise. Other flicks include Fast Five (2011) and Furious 6 (2013).
Critics praised its focus on family and humanity. Also, the movie won numerous awards. For example, MTV Movie Awards for Best On-Screen Duo and Best Fight.
Jurassic World (2015)
Jurassic World, released in 2015 starring Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Ty Simpkins and Nick Robinson, is an action-packed film. Directed by Colin Trevorrow, it is the fourth film in the Jurassic Park franchise.
Volcanic activity threatens to wipe out Isla Nublar’s dinosaurs. But it gets a new theme park which captures international attention. The movie was very successful, leading to a fifth installment in 2018: Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom. It achieved huge box office success in India – collecting Rs 289 crores.
Critics liked the visuals, acting, direction and entertainment value. They said it was a worthy successor that honored its predecessors while introducing newer generations to the franchise.
Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015)
Avengers: Age of Ultron is a 2015 American superhero film. It is based on the Marvel Comics superhero team, the Avengers. It was produced by Marvel Studios and distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures. It is the sequel to 2012’s The Avengers and the eleventh film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU).
The film was written and directed by Joss Whedon. It features an ensemble cast including Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner and Don Cheadle. It was released on April 28th 2015 with positive reviews. At the Indian box office, the film grossed over Rs 321 crores, making it one of highest grossing Hollywood films in India.
Avengers: Age of Ultron was a major critical success. It won numerous awards for visual effects, including an Academy Award for Best Visual Effects at the 2016 Oscar Awards ceremony. It is an essential part of MCU’s Phase Two storyline. It set up plot elements that were used in Captain America: Civil War (2016).
Captain Marvel (2019)
Captain Marvel (2019) is a superhero action-adventure flick. Brie Larson and Samuel L. Jackson starred in it. It premiered in LA on March 4, 2019 and released in the US on March 8, 2019, in IMAX and 3D.
The tenth flick in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), Captain Marvel, is set before Avengers: Endgame (2019). It tells the story of Carol Danvers becoming one of the universe’s most powerful heroes, while Earth is in the middle of a galactic conflict between two alien civilizations. The movie was a commercial success, collecting over $1.2 billion worldwide.
In India, Captain Marvel grossed ₹18 crores on its opening day at the box office. It went on to become one of the biggest blockbusters of 2018–19, with an estimated collection of ₹194 crore. This record made Captain Marvel the highest grossing Hollywood movie in India, beating Avengers: Infinity War’s previous record collection of ₹187 crore.
Mission: Impossible – Fallout (2018)
Mission: Impossible – Fallout (2018) was a blockbuster in India, earning over Rs. 258 crores. Tom Cruise, Rebecca Ferguson, Ving Rhames, Simon Pegg, Alec Baldwin, and Sean Harris were the stars.
Ethan Hunt (Cruise) and his IMF team were fighting The Syndicate, a criminal organization, to save the world from destruction. It was the first Mission: Impossible movie to be released in 3D and IMAX. People praised the action sequences and Cruise’s performance.
Incredibles 2 (2018)
Incredibles 2 hit Indian theatres in 2018. It was a sequel to the 2004 box office hit, The Incredibles. Directed by Brad Bird, it featured a star-studded cast including Craig T. Nelson, Holly Hunter and Samuel L. Jackson.
The movie brought the Parrs back together to fight a new villain and save Metroville. It also addressed family issues in a unique way. For example, it highlighted the challenge of maintaining a work/life balance while catering to different generations.
The success of Incredibles 2 was immediate. It grossed over 1 billion dollars globally. In India, it earned a staggering 55 Crores (~$8 Million), becoming one of the highest grossers of 2018.
Spider-Man: Far from Home (2019)
Spider-Man: Far from Home is a 2019 American superhero movie, based on the Marvel Comics character Spider-Man. It’s a sequel to Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017). The film was produced by Columbia Pictures, Marvel and Sony Pictures Motion Picture Group. Directed by Jon Watts, the script was written by Chris McKenna and Erik Sommers. Tom Holland plays Peter Parker/Spider-Man. Other actors include Samuel L. Jackson, Zendaya, Jacob Batalon, Tony Revolori, Martin Starr, Numan Acar, Marisa Tomei and Jake Gyllenhaal.
In the movie, Peter and his friends go on a summer holiday to Wakanda and Italy. Fury asks Peter to team up with him to stop Mysterio from using elemental monsters against Europe.
It was one of the most successful Hollywood films in India in 2019, earning over ₹1 billion. It became the fifth highest grossing Hollywood movie of all time in India (as of June 2020). It also achieved numerous other records. It became the fastest movie to reach 500 crore at global box office collections. It outperformed Mission Impossible: Fallout by 57 days. It also stayed ahead of Lion King (2019) for 12 weeks after debuting earlier than it in India.
The Indian movie industry is a major player in the world of entertainment. It has seen huge success with many entertaining releases, resulting in strong box office collections. The top 10 box office collections are a testament to its potential for growth.
These include some of the most popular movies from Bollywood, Tollywood and other regional industries, succeeding despite Hollywood competition. It’s clear that great stories can overcome language and national barriers.
To achieve success, it takes quality content, smart marketing and audience engagement. All of these combine to make impressive box office earnings.
Frequently Asked Questions
1. What are the top 10 box office collections in India?
The top 10 box office collections in India are:
- Baahubali 2: The Conclusion – Rs. 1,810 crore
- Pathaan (2023) – Rs 1050 crores ($130 million)
- Dangal – Rs. 1,443 crore
- Sanju – Rs. 586 crore
- P.K. – Rs. 832 crore
- Tiger Zinda Hai – Rs. 557.95 crore
- Bajrangi Bhaijaan – Rs. 969.06 crore
- Padmaavat – Rs. 585 crore
- Sultan – Rs. 623.33 crore
- Dhoom 3 – Rs. 585.83 crore
2. Which movie has the highest box office collection in India?
Baahubali 2: The Conclusion has the highest box office collection in India, with a total of Rs. 1,810 crore.
3. Which Bollywood movie has the highest box office collection?
The Bollywood movie with the highest box office collection is Dangal, with a total of Rs. 1,443 crore.
4. Is Baahubali 2 the highest-grossing Indian movie worldwide?
Yes, Baahubali 2: The Conclusion is the highest-grossing Indian movie worldwide, with a total worldwide box office collection of Rs. 2,810 crore.
5. What is the significance of box office collections in Indian cinema?
Box office collections are important in Indian cinema as they are used to measure the commercial success of a movie. A movie with a high box office collection is considered to be successful, whereas a movie with a low box office collection is considered to be a flop.
6. How do box office collections affect the movie industry in India?
Box office collections can have a significant impact on the movie industry in India. A high box office collection can lead to increased revenue for the movie producers, the actors, and other stakeholders in the movie. It can also result in increased popularity and fame for the actors and other crew members. Conversely, a low box office collection can lead to financial losses, and may also affect the career prospects of the actors and other crew members.