Most Successful Bollywood Actors: 2010 – 2016

At the end of 2016, we update our popular article ‘Most Successful Actors of the current decade‘. While the last article, published midway through last year did not include 2016 releases like FAN and Airlift, this page has been updated with the box office performance of all 2016 films. We have also included rising actors like Tiger Shroff and Sushant Singh Rajput.

Note: The last film of 2016, Dangal, is yet to complete its run. We’ve assumed that the film will finish with net box office collections of 375 crore. This page will be updated after the Dangal run ends.

Most number of films between 2010 – 2016:

  • Akshay Kumar – 24 films
  • Ajay Devgn – 19 films
  • Emraan Hashmi – 16 films
  • Salman Khan – 11 films
  • Shahid Kapoor – 11 films
  • Ranbir Kapoor – 9 films
  • Ranveer Singh – 9 films
  • Shah Rukh Khan – 8 films
  • Hrithik Roshan – 7 films
  • Arjun Kapoor – 7 films
  • Varun Dhawan – 7 films
  • Sidharth Malhotra – 6 films
  • Aamir Khan – 4 films
  • Sushant Singh Rajput – 4 films
  • Tiger Shroff – 3 films

Total Net Collections for each actor between 2010 – 2016:

  • Salman Khan – 1977 crore
  • Akshay Kumar – 1841 crore
  • Ajay Devgn – 1172 crore
  • Shah Rukh Khan – 1096 crore
  • Aamir Khan – 1093 crore (will be updated after Dangal ends, could move to 3rd)
  • Hrithik Roshan – 780 crore
  • Ranbir Kapoor – 754 crore
  • Ranveer Singh – 642 crore
  • Emraan Hashmi – 619 cr
  • Varun Dhawan – 577 crore
  • Shahid Kapoor – 394 crore
  • Sidharth Malhotra – 398 crore
  • Arjun Kapoor – 382 crore
  • Sushant Singh Rajput – 253 crore
  • Tiger Shroff – 160 crore

Average net box office collections per film between 2010 – 2016:

  • Aamir Khan – 273.25 crore (221.4 cr including Dhobi Ghat)
  • Salman Khan – 179.7 crore
  • Shah Rukh Khan – 137.0 crore
  • Hrithik Roshan – 111.4 crore
  • Ranbir Kapoor – 83.7 crore
  • Varun Dhawan – 82.4 crore
  • Akshay Kumar – 76.7 crore
  • Ranveer Singh – 71.3 crore
  • Sidharth Malhotra – 66.3 crore
  • Sushant Singh Rajput – 63.2 crore
  • Ajay Devgn – 61.68 crore
  • Arjun Kapoor – 54.6 crore
  • Tiger Shroff – 53.3 crore
  • Emraan Hashmi – 38.68 crore
  • Shahid Kapoor – 35.8 crore

Success Ratio i.e Above Average or better  (probably the most important, because it’s the percentage of films that recovered investment)

  • Varun Dhawan – 100%
  • Aamir Khan – 100% (75% if Dhobi Ghat is included)
  • Salman Khan – 91%
  • Shah Rukh Khan – 89%
  • Sushant Singh Rajput – 75%
  • Tiger Shroff – 67%
  • Hrithik Roshan – 57%
  • Arjun Kapoor – 57%
  • Ranbir Kapoor – 56%
  • Akshay Kumar – 54%
  • Sidharth Malhotra – 50%
  • Ranveer Singh – 44%
  • Ajay Devgn – 42%
  • Emraan Hashmi – 32%
  • Shahid Kapoor – 27%

Hit Ratio i.e Hit or better

  • Salman Khan – 82%
  • Shah Rukh Khan – 78%
  • Aamir Khan – 75%
  • Varun Dhawan – 72%
  • Tiger Shroff – 67%
  • Hrithik Roshan – 57%
  • Arjun Kapoor – 57%
  • Ranbir Kapoor – 56%
  • Sidharth Malhotra – 50%
  • Sushant Singh Rajput – 50%
  • Ranveer Singh – 44%
  • Akshay Kumar – 42%
  • Ajay Devgn – 37%
  • Emraan Hashmi – 26%
  • Shahid Kapoor – 18%

Blockbuster Ratio (this was worth pointing out, simply because the difference between actors is huge!)

  • Aamir Khan – 75%
  • Salman Khan – 73%
  • Ranbir Kapoor – 22%
  • Hrithik Roshan – 14%
  • Shah Rukh Khan – 13%
  • Emraan Hashmi – 11%
  • Ajay Devgn – 11%
  • Akshay Kumar – 4%

Summing up the year – The men who did well:

  • Aamir Khan: What does one say about this man? He has single-handedly taken Dangal to a mammoth 300 crore plus grosser. A box office phenomenon, who has leapfrogged from 718 crore to 1093 crore (assuming Dangal ends with 375 crore) this decade with just one film. That’s nearly as much as the entire decade collections of Shahid Kapoor, who made his debut well before the decade began. His average per film has also jumped to a mind-boggling 273 crore per film, which is an outstanding 220 crore+ even if his off-beat art film Dhobi Ghat is included. By far the best for an actor this decade and also the only actor to average more than 200 crore per film. Legend. Note: We have removed Dhobi Ghat from the list to make it fair.
  • Salman Khan: It was supposed to be his year, until Dangal arrived and took the sheen away from the phenomenal run of Sultan. He still commands the biggest opening in the industry, both in terms of collections, consistency, fan following and the number of tickets sold. 2017 will be a challenge for him, because in the two-way battle for the numero-uno position in the industry, Aamir has upped the ante and it’s upto Salman to challenge those numbers and remain at the top of his game. Inspite of Dangal’s outstanding run, let’s not take anything away from the fact that Sultan managed to collect 300 crore in a year when no other Hindi film crossed 150.
  • Akshay Kumar: It’s been a excellent year for Akshay, his success ratio has increased from 48 to 54%, his hit-ratio has gone up from 33% to 42% too. And with him doing interesting films and making all the right moves (as far as positivity in the media and image is concerned), Akshay is expected to take it to the next level in 2017. In 2016, he moved one step ahead into the Top 4, could he stake a claim into the Top 3 in 2017? That’s going to be the big question.
  • Sushant Singh Rajput: Backed by the stardom and popularity of Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Sushant delivered the year’s 3rd highest grosser. It’ll now be upto him to sustain the momentum and establish himself in the industry.
  • Ranbir Kapoor: After several back-to-back disasters, Ranbir finally got the box office ‘hit’ he so desperately needed. ‘Ae Dil Hai Mushkil’ also managed to beat the competition from a big film like ‘Shivaay’ and comprehensively won the controversial clash.
  • Arjun Kapoor: It was a good year for him, making a comeback after the failure of Tevar in 2015. Ki and Ka was a solid box office hit, he has edged out Ranbir in both success and hit ratios too. 2017 will be important with ‘Half Girlfriend’ and ‘Mubarakan’.
  • Varun Dhawan: A steady year. ‘Dishoom’ did fairly well to touch the 70 crore mark, even though the trailers and other promos weren’t well-received. The film opened well and went on to recover its investment, although the actor and the rest of the ‘Dishoom’ team would’ve hoped for a better lifetime total. However, Varun retains his 100% success ratio.
  • Tiger Shroff: The year began very well for Tiger with the success of ‘Baaghi’, but all the good work was undone with ‘A Flying Jatt’ crash-landing instead of flying at the box office.
  • Shahid Kapoor: For someone who made his debut more than 13 years ago, his record remains poor but ‘Udta Punjab’ did fairly well at the box office. When will his breakthrough year come? When will he start doing films that appeal to the audience more than the critics? The questions remain.

The men who didn’t:

  • Shah Rukh Khan: The much-hyped FAN turned out to be a big setback for SRK, right after the under-performance of Dilwale during Christmas in 2015. No one would’ve expected the film to fall below the 100 crore mark, but it finished with a poor total of 85 crore. Unlike ‘Mohenjo Daro’, the writing wasn’t on the wall for ‘Fan’ prior to release, as the trailer got a very good response. 2017 is going to be a very important year if the superstar, who still commands one of the biggest fan-following in the industry, has to challenge the likes of Aamir and Salman who are way ahead in the race at the moment.
  • Hrithik Roshan: Mohenjo Daro was one of the most anticipated films of 2016, but right from the first trailer to every other promo – nothing worked for the Ashutosh Gowariker film. If the embarrassment of losing to ‘Rustom’ wasn’t enough, Mohenjo Daro is the biggest disaster of 2016 – not including smaller films like Great Grand Masti, Rock On 2 and Mirzya. Hrithik has to turn things around in 2017, but it isn’t going to be easy with his first release ‘Kaabil’ all set to take on SRK’s ‘Raees’.
  • Ajay Devgn: 2017 was a forgettable year for Ajay as his ambitious film ‘Shivaay’ couldn’t take a big initial nor could it sustain well enough to recover costs in the long run.
  • Ranveer Singh: Befikre carried high expectations, more so since it was Aditya Chopra’s first film in 8 years and he was directing his first film without Shah Rukh. Ranveer was returning after ‘Bajirao Mastani’, a career-defining film. Unfortunately, Befikre was rejected by the audience.
  • Emraan Hashmi: 2016 was yet another big setback as the franchise which gave him his biggest career blockbuster, failed to even take a initial


  • Why don’t you talk about increased ticket prices for Dangal which helped the movie double the collection .also tax free benefit comparing should be keeping every parameters constant then only it’s fair


  • thanks for correcting the aamir success % . brilliant article. luvd it. i hv been saying this for a long time that ranking should b made using all d abv factors u hv taken here & giving diff weightage to them
    so 5 points for athg
    4 for blockbuster %
    3 for avg per film
    2 for hit %
    1 for success %

    plz use this formula

    much better than ur formula where only last 5 films & avg per film is used

    plz listen to my advice and make d ranking


  • Akshay is getting better with every year.
    Hrithik and SRK really needs to think about their movie choices.. People are getting smart and jokes works no more now.
    Salman and Aamir are just unmatchable.
    But what’s make me feel most bad is about Shahid kapoor. you have to admit that(unless you are a blind hater) man have 10/10 acting talent just like Ranbir kapoor.still his movies are not working. That guy is purr talent no doubt but to survive in Bollywood you have to give hits.Hope he’ll give hits as Rangoon and Padmavati.

    Varun has all on track.. Sushant is rising there.Ranvir’s talent needs no explanation.
    And about others i Don’t give a Damn.


  • Akshay never sleeps!

    Aamir uncle be like :” I’ll be back in 2018. Lemme take some rest after making records with Dangal. So you guys.. I give you enough time to break my records” 😆


  • Bahubali 2 teaser promo will release with Raees. Raees buzz is creating bwandar on social media.
    Before release Raees buzz is bigger than after 2 week release dangal. But it will clashing kaabil otherwise raees break amir’s bones.


  • Aamir Khan knows what kind of films he want to make – a film with a social message, presented in a universal way
    Salman khan knows what kind of films is expected out of him – a story which incorporates his quirky antics and strengthening the cult of Salman Khan
    SRK is confused whom to go after – Salman or Aamir. His last five years has been truly disastrous for a superstar of his stature(totally in terms of audience patronage, boxoffice wise he is still the top three).


  • fare article it is. at every aspect only two persons are at no 1. salman or Aamir. & i think aamir should do 1 film each year. & movies like ghajini,wanted etc for crazy fanbase like bhaijaan. & bhaijaan should stick to bb,tubelight etc then they both will be unmatchable.


  • without any crazy die hard following if aamir can do this then just think what he is capable of. many content movies cane but they are not succesful as Aamirs movies are. he is greatest following among family audience or movie lovers. if he starded doing movies each year then his stardom will be not matched by anyone. he should now switch to movies like ghajini,wanted etc. thugs is looking like that.


  • I think dangal collections are fake? why I can explain after demonization none film except dear zindgi works and people still in atm lines so that means they take the money from atm and go straight to cinema hall they don’t care about there kids food? Only they want a watch crappie dangal


  • MOHENJO daro is the worst decision of Hrithik Acc to me … It hurts him a lot.
    He returns after 2 years and movie is rejected by audience .Cant say his fan following is decreased coz his performance was great in the movie as usual but It make a big impact on Neutral audience…

    Till 2014
    Hrithik was way ahead than AKKI in DOMESTIC ,and he was bigger than SALMAN KHAN in OVERSEAS
    But things changed in these Two years which he invested (or wasted) for this Movie
    His personal life is not going good from last 2 year
    Hope he does a solid comeback with KAABIL ..
    All the Best Greek God
    U r the one of the best ,talented and hardworking actor of Bollywood ,just give ur hardwork a good direction ,choose good scripts and u will rule like a boss ,bss Flair pen uthao aur ek achi si movie sign kardo 😊
    Love u Hrithik ,ur fan till last breathe 💕


  • Absolutely top notch stuff . I have to say you are just getting better and better with each passing day . This decade will end in 2019 and till now Salman and Aamir have been head and shoulders ahead of everybody . It is wonderful to see Aamir dominating in the Blockbusters category . 2017 will be an important year for everybody . Aditya will be seen in OK Jaanu and coming back after 2 massive failures this means a lot to him . Hrithik is on the back foot after Mohenjo Daro but January has been a lucky period for him with KNPH and Agneepath . SRK is also facing a tough situation as Dilwale was a massive underperformer especially in India and Fan was a flop so he would want to make a turnaround with Raees which has been postponed by 6 months . The Ring will also be extremely important as it will bring Imtiaz Ali, SRK and Anushka for the first time . It will have a solo release on Independence Day as Crack has been postponed to 2018 . Akshay has been on a roll in 2016 with 3 back to back 100 CR Grossers and now would like to extend his tally with Jolly LLB 2, TEPK, 2.0 and Padman . 2.0 is the biggest opportunity as Akshay is coming back on Festival period after 7 years . Shahid was brilliant in UP but was not a massive success . Rangoon will be his 3rd collaboration with Vishal Bhardwaj and he has always brought the best out of him . Rangoon is also looking the most commercial film of VB . Padmavati will be a huge film for Shahid and Ranveer as it is based on a true story and both of them will get an opportunity to portray legendary characters . Varun has maintained 100 % success ratio in the first 4 years of his career . BKD will have an advantage of Sequel factor and pairing, Alia Bhatt and Solo release date . Judwaa 2 will be the biggest film of VD till date as he is playing double role for the first time . Judwaa was a massive success 20 years ago and it will be a huge challenge to step in the shoes of Salman Khan . This will be the 2nd collaboration between VD and David Dhawan . JJ is a huge film for RK as he is not just the actor but also a producer . JJ has been delayed for a long time . RK made a comeback with ADHM but it will be important for him to maintain his success . This year is huge for Arjun as he is working on HG . 2 States is the only 100 CR Grosser of Arjun and this will be the 2nd time he will work for a Chetan Bhagat adaptation . Mubarakan will be directed by Anees Bazmee and will bring Anil Kapoor and Arjun for the first time . Arjun will play double role for the 2nd time after Aurangzeb . Salman has the chance to make 2017 a milestone year in his career . Tubelight will be directed by Kabir Khan and produced by Salman Khan . Salman has a spotless record on Eid and would like to continue his success with Tubelight . TZH is another biggie as it will be a sequel to ETT which was a rage in 2012 . Ali Abbas Zafar will be behind the camera this time replacing Kabir Khan . Salman will work with Katrina after 5 years . TZH getting a solo release on Christmas will be a huge contender for the HGOTY . Salman may become the first actor to deliver 2 300 CR Grossers in a single year . Tiger has made a huge impact on the masses with his action skills but has been extremely poor when it comes to dialogue delivery . Munna Michael will be the 3rd collaboration between Tiger and Sabbir Khan . Aamir will not be seen in 2017 . He will play a cameo in SS . Aamir has been extremely successful as a producer and I think SS will be no different . Zaira Wasim will play a central character in this film . Sid Malhotra will have one film this year where he will be seen with Jacqueline . Reload will release on 25th August . This film will be directed by Raj and Krishna . This will be a chance for Sid to deliver a big success after EV . Ajay will be working with Milan Luthria for the 4th time in Baadshaho . Emraan desperately needs a Hit as he has not tasted success since the last 4 years . Ajay would love to make a strong impact after the performance of Shivaay . Sushant has achieved humongous success this year . MSD is the 4th Highest Grosser this year . Sushant was brilliant and now will be seen in Raabta with Kriti Sanon . This film will release one week after TEPK and 2 weeks before Tubelight . !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    I hope this year we will witness a plethora of Blockbusters + Content Oriented Films and Outstanding Performances . Cheers !!!!


  • What a crap comparison.just because Dangal is kicking salman movies.indicine found another reason to save their megastar,rofl.


    And after this comparison I confirmed yeh site all time disaster star koyla devgan and decade struggler lallu ko sabse bada star banake hi chorega,rofl.

    Anyways I never expected new thing/honesty from this site jut like how it made salman and Aamir no.1 in last 2 DECADES respectively.shame on you loser site.


  • Sabko salman ka bad phase pta h kaisa tha aur yahn srk h jo apne bad phase me bhii hit de rha h..isko bolte h king👌👌😍😍


  • Akshay Kumar is rock solid. The kind of disruption his filmography has gone through in the last two years, is helping him in bringing some interesting scripts along his way. CRACK,GOLD, PADMAN, TEPK, 2.0 etc each looks interesting.

    The biggest weapon a man can have is UNCLUTTERED MIND.
    Aamir, Salman, Akshay have it right now. SRK and others need to work on it.


  • iam a bhai fan but i will try my level best to give unbiased review on khans
    I think if u go by the craze among fans bhai is the biggest superstar and way ahead of others.but i really think his films are not justifying his stardom.wanted,dabbang were good movie then the list of medicore films starts special mention for dabbang2 and jai ho which were unbearable becoz of his talent less brothers which was end with a fabulous movie bb then come another crap prdp and then a decent sultan .so for 2017 iam just hoping that salman could able to give a film which justify his stardom then rip all records becoz we all knows salman+content means huge







    dangal will become athg is confirm,actually he fully utilize xmax period unlike others. The blind faith on a aamir khan films is huge compare to others.the brand aamir khan is favourite of neutral audiance ,i also agree he has a big fan following. But im highly dissapointed with his next movie toh.becoz as a huge aamir admirer i always expect a classic from the legand everytime.he does not need commercial movie for huge grosser becoz he can make a less commercial movie huge biz dangal .if toh is like d3 then mark my words it will not cross 300cr.i would have happy if he would have opted for rakeshbiopic instead as 3idiots2 is not possible now.



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