Bollywood Overseas Box Office – Top 5 Stars

Following up on the much-discussed Top 5 most bankable stars in India, today we discuss the top stars in the overseas market.

Over the last few years, the increasingly large size of the overseas markets, has made it extremely significant for Bollywood filmmakers. The higher ticket prices, the growing NRI audience and the international audience slowly taking interest in Hindi films, has ensured that the $20 million threshold (equivalent to the 100 crore club in India) has been surpassed by films like My Name Is Khan and 3 Idiots.

Popular filmmaker Karan Johar, whose last few films have fared well internationally, once famously said “We do not see NRI’s as people who are separate from Indians. They are all Indians and in fact the NRI’s are more Indian at heart then any of us in India!”

So who are the Top 5 overseas box office stars? It’s pretty much the same as the biggest stars in India, just that the order has changed.

Shahrukh Khan

1. Shahrukh Khan – Well, what do we say? SRK has dominated the international market like no other actor in history. None come close, he’s the absolute KING, by a fair distance. Of the 10 highest grossing films, SRK has starred in 7. In the Top 25, he features in a staggering 12 films! Before 3 Idiots released in China, My Name Is Khan was by far the highest grossing film with $22.15 million (Rs 120 crores). Some of his films that haven’t fared as well as expected in India are blockbusters abroad!

Aamir Khan

2. Aamir Khan – With 23.9 million (130 crores), 3 Idiots is the highest overseas grosser ever. The film has also made a huge impact at places where most Hindi films don’t even release. While the success of 3 Idiots has tremendously increased Aamir’s following, some of his older film like Ghajini and Fanaa have done well too.

Hrithik Roshan

3. Hrithik Roshan – Hrithik has always been a bankable star at the overseas box office and fairly consistent too with 5 of his films in the Top 25 (including K3G). Dhoom 2 is the 7th highest grosser ever and one of the few films in the SRK dominated Top 10. Before the release of 3 Idiots, Hrithik occupied the second spot.

Salman Khan

4. Salman Khan – With 2 films in the Top 25 (three if Kuch Kuch Hota Hai is included), the stocks of the most popular star in India has been rising with films like Dabangg and Bodyguard (No 10). His two upcoming films – Ek Tha Tiger and Dabangg 2 – could push him into the Top 3.

Akshay Kumar

5. Akshay Kumar – Much like Hrithik, Akshay too has been consistent but on the lower side. Some of his films like Singh Is King, Welcome and Housefull 2 have set the cast registers ringing.

Top 25 Highest Grossing Overseas films

#MovieOverseas CollectionsIn Indian Rupees (55 per $)Lead stars
13 Idiots$23.90 million132 croresAamir Khan, Kareena Kapoor
2My Name Is Khan$22.15 million122 croresShahrukh Khan, Kajol
3Don 2$11.70 million65 croresShahrukh Khan, Priyanka Chopra
4Kabhi Alvida Na Kehna$10.77 million60 croresShahrukh Khan, Rani Mukherjee
5Om Shanti Om$10.08 million56 croresShahrukh Khan, Deepika Padukone
6Ra One$9.20 million51 croresShahrukh Khan, Kareena Kapoor
7Dhoom 2$8.57 million47 croresHrithik Roshan, Aishwarya Rai
8Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi$8.43 million46 croresShahrukh Khan, Anushka Sharma
9Veer Zaara$8.20 million45 croresShahrukh Khan, Preity Zinta
10Bodyguard$8.15 million45 croresSalman Khan, Kareena Kapoor
11Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham$8.00 million44 croresShahrukh Khan, Kajol
12Jodha Akbar$7.55 million42 croresHrithik Roshan, Aishwarya Rai
13Don$7.46 million41 croresShahrukh Khan, Priyanka Chopra
14Black$7.40 million41 croresAmitabh Bachchan, Rani Mukherjee
15Singh is King$7.27 million40 croresAkshay Kumar, Katrina Kaif
16Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara$7.25 million40 croresHrithik Roshan, Katrina Kaif
17Ghajini$7.06 million39 croresAamir Khan, Asin
18Fanaa$6.86 million38 croresAamir Khan, Kajol
19Devdas$6.65 million37 croresShahrukh Khan, Aishwarya Rai, Madhuri Dixit
20Kuch Kuch Hota Hai$6.25 million35 croresShahrukh Khan, Kajol
21Love Aaj Kal$6.20 million35 croresSaif Ali Khan, Deepika Padukone
22Housefull 2$6.10 million34 croresAkshay Kumar, John Abraham, Asin
23Dabangg$6.10 million34 croresSalman Khan, Sonakshi Sinha
24Kal Ho Na Ho$6.00 million33 croresShahrukh Khan, Preity Zinta, Saif Ali Khan
25Agneepath$6.00 million33 croresHrithik Roshan, Priyanka Chopra

Note: Since, we do not specialize in overseas box office and do not have an extensive database, we have used figures from Wikipedia.

Any questions, please ask in the comments section below. Be sensible with your comments, else they will be deleted.



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ayesha jabeen:  (July 8, 2012 at 3:15 pm)

Shahrukh khan…

you are the king of indian cinema…

you are loved by billions…..muaaaaaahhhh…

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Ravi:  (July 8, 2012 at 3:16 pm)

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jonathan:  (July 8, 2012 at 3:17 pm)

All the words in the English vocabulary are not enough to describe the miracle called Shah Rukh Khan. There is no one like him, truly! The way he connects with the audience through his movies… I have never come across another actor who creates such an impact. He’s the personification of love, he is a miracle sent to us by God.

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Deby:  (July 8, 2012 at 3:18 pm)

I agree ith the list….SRK is no.1 … I’m not from India & nor are my parents. I’ve lived in multiple countries & trust me, SRK dominates in accordance to fan following, & besides, he has won the ‘Best Actor’ award the most times =)

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Deepak:  (July 8, 2012 at 3:18 pm)

Has anyone anything to say??!! I have only to say…SRK..THE KING!! Hahaha..! Thanks please post the worldwide ranking soon..

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a to z:  (July 8, 2012 at 3:21 pm)

SRK is the best actor I have ever seen. He is ruling the bollywood industry and don’t compare other actors with SRK because he has more quality and personality than any other actors in the film industry. He is awesome and I am proud to be a SRK fan.

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meher:  (July 8, 2012 at 3:22 pm)

SRK….A True Actor.. A Beautiful way to Express Feelings in both REEL as well as In REAL life.. A self made Man… Nice Sense of Humor.. A solid Personality to Represent INDIA Worldwide…

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Rohan:  (July 8, 2012 at 3:22 pm)

Hrithik Bhayyia aap in Wrikled 50 yrs aged actors k beech main kya kar rahe ho…I think HRITHIK is MOST HANDSOME ACTOR of India. CAN’t wait for KRRISH 3.

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Ravi:  (July 8, 2012 at 3:22 pm)

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DON:  (July 8, 2012 at 3:23 pm)



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Nitesh:  (July 8, 2012 at 3:24 pm)

What is Salman doing at No 4…Nobody knows Sallu outside INDIA..

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zenith:  (July 8, 2012 at 3:26 pm)

Shahrukh Khan Is Number 1
People die for him
As he said I don’t play with numbers

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SalmanBhaiFAN:  (July 8, 2012 at 3:26 pm)

@indicine WTF yaar Salman is Not even in Top actor in Overseas…even Saif Ranbir Imran are ahead of Salman in Oversea…Why r u Propmting salman so much @indicine

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saloni:  (July 8, 2012 at 3:27 pm)

The Brand does not require any comment to be made.. The phenomenon of excellence.. The celebration of cinema.. The duke of the empires of acting.. The king himself SHAH RUKH KHAN..

i love u SRK ..<3

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shivam:  (July 8, 2012 at 3:28 pm)

veer zara is better than bodyguard! Bechara salman! Koi nahi janta ise india ke bahar!

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meher:  (July 8, 2012 at 3:30 pm)

SRK is out of this world. He Is unbeatable whether its acting, personality, sense of humour, being a family man, humbleness, love and respect for women, truthfulness, honesty, you name a quality and he has it.

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nauman:  (July 8, 2012 at 3:32 pm)

If you ask me another name of acting then its srk, he is the representative of Bollywood to world, with help of no god father he has held is name so high that no one can come over his place. He is god of acting, he is the best yet so simple I salute the king of the acting MR. SHARUKH KHAN.

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abhishek singh:  (July 8, 2012 at 3:34 pm)

This man has it all! The charm, the attitude, the humbleness, the gratitude. Also known as the most famous person on earth, Shahrukh khan has set a new bar when it comes to stardom. And all of it would not have been possible if he was not a Great actor, which he evidently is!

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tuheen:  (July 8, 2012 at 3:37 pm)

Just judge his acting from the movies like darr, baazigar, devdas, chak de inndia and my name is khan…

Shah rukh khan the says itself the face of king (shah rukh). He is the king of the bollywood, no one can act like him in this world, he is god of acting

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garima:  (July 8, 2012 at 3:42 pm)

Srk is the only actor who touches all heart from his act ability and really the greatest actor of all the times

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Ayush:  (July 8, 2012 at 3:43 pm)

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DON:  (July 8, 2012 at 3:44 pm)

the baap of all actors————-->SHAHRUKH KHAN

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Indicine Team:  (July 8, 2012 at 3:45 pm)

Ayush, just reporting facts. You can see the Top 25 list for yourself. And how can we be Anti-Salman when we ranked him at the Top in India?


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