All Time Blockbusters in Bollywood

All Time Blockbuster is a loosely used term in Bollywood today. Even a film like Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani has been declared as an All Time grosser even though the film wasn’t close to as big a hit as films like 3 Idiots, Ghajini or Dabangg.

Below, we have a full list of 17 ‘All Time Blockbusters’ in the history of the Hindi Film Industry. Chennai Express might soon join the list if the film manages to collect more than 210 crores.

  • Kismet (1943) – 1 crore
  • Rattan (1944) – 1 crore
  • Mother India (1957) – 4 crore
  • Mughal-e-Azam (1960) – 5.5 crore
  • Sholay (1975) – 15 crore
  • Jai Santoshi Maa (1975) – 5 crore
  • Ram Teri Ganga Maili (1985) – 9.5 crore
  • Maine Pyar Kiya (1989) – 14 crore
  • Aankhen (1993) – 14 crore
  • Hum Aapke Hain Kaun (1994) – 70 crore
  • Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge (1995) – 61 crore
  • Raja Hindustani (1996) – 48 crore
  • Kuch Kuch Hota Hai – 45.5 crore
  • Gadar Ek Prem Katha (2001) - 76 crore
  • Ghajini (2008) – 116 crore
  • 3 Idiots (2009) – 202 crore
  • Dabangg (2010) – 143 crore
  • Chennai Express (2013) – 227 crore

Coming to the actors with 2 or more All Time Blockbusters to their credit, its Salman Khan right at the top once again with 4 all time grossers to his credit (3 if his extended special appearance in Kuch Kuch Hota Hai is not taken into consideration). Salman is followed by Aamir Khan who has three films to his credit.

Shahrukh Khan is the only other actor with 2 or more All Time Blockbusters (3 if Chennai Express continues its good run).Surprisingly, Amitabh Bachchan, one of the biggest stars in history, doesn’t have a single solo All-Time grosser to his credit (Sholay was a two-hero film).

  • Salman Khan – 4 Films (Maine Pyaar Kiya, Hum Aapke Hain Kaun, Kuch Kuch Hota Hai and Dabangg)
  • Aamir Khan – 3 Films (Raja Hindustani, Ghajini and 3 Idiots)
  • Shahrukh Khan – 3 Films (Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge, Kuch Kuch Hota Hai, Chennai Express)


  • An 5th ATBB will be 2015 diwali’s film with Suraj Barjatya directed which will be eternal classic saga..waitin for it .

  • So only khans gave all time blockbuster and will give atbb in future also. Noone catch near to the khans. So if ce become atbb, probably happend then 3khans have eqal atbb, where is hritic, i think k3 will become all time diastar diwali.

  • Consistency matters. SRK has always consistently given superhits.. Others like Salman gave 3 bbs & 15 flops… Whats the point then?

  • haha
    How can you count KKHH as Sallu’s ATBB?
    You say Amit Ji doesnt have an ATBB though he was in lead role in Sholay.(but you count Sallu’s special appearance’s in KKHH as his ATBB:() And you forget about Dharmendra,The great Dilip Kumar too.
    And What?
    Only Aamir is the actor who has two ATBB?

  • Indicine i’m an srk fan
    Fact is the above article u hav mentioned 3 ATBB for Aamir..but in description u hav included 2 only..
    Hope u ll correct it.
    Thank u for the list..its short n simple yet in detail

  • i don’t know about all movies. .
    So this is my view about those movies whom i know. .

    Ram teri ganga meili,solay,ddlg,hahk,mpk,raja hindustani,kkhh,gadar,3 idiots truely deserved to be atbb.

    Dabbang:i liked it. .music was fab. .but atbb? ?no,it didn’t deserve. .it became atbb due to its popular music.

    Ek tha tiger:the crapiest movie i have ever seen.even any of friend doesn’t like it.

    Though i am n’t a salman hater,but i want some good movies from him like hahk,hddcs.

  • Salman khan and Aamir khan both have given ATBB in both decades ie in 90’s and last decade while Srk failed to give any ATBB in last decade.

  • Include #EkThaTiger

    I know you took these data from BOI(boxofficeindia).
    I am old user of BOI. I follow only BOI’s collection figure.

    I know that according to BOI #EkThaTiger is All Time Blockbuster. They have not updated it in the yearly or decade list, but earlier last year BOI had declared as ATBB when it had collected a huge Rs186cr in 2012.

    so no. of All Time Blockbuster given by three khans:

    Salman – 4
    #MainePyaarKiya (1989) – 14cr
    #HumAapkeHainKaun (1994) – 70cr
    #Dabangg (2010) – 142cr
    #EkThaTiger (2012) – 186cr
    Aamir – 3
    #RajaHindustani (1996) – 48cr
    #Gajini (2008) – 115cr
    #ThreeIdiot (2009) – 202cr
    Shahrukh – 2
    #DDLJ (1995) – 61cr
    #KKHH (1997) – 45cr
    NOTE:- The time when Salman’s movie MainePyaarKiya(1989) collected 14cr on box-office and became ATBB, that time the highest collection of any Bollywood movie was 15cr (by #Sholey).
    And this is the list of record holder movies:
    Kismet (1943) 1 crore
    Barsaat (1949) – 1.1 crore
    Aawara (1951) – 1.25 crore
    Aan (1952) – 1.5 crore
    Shri420 (1955) – 2crore
    Naya Daur (1957) – 2.25 crore
    Mother India (1957) 4 crore
    Mughal-e-Azam (1960) 5.5 crore
    Sholay (1975) 15 crore
    Hum Aapke Hain Kaun (1994) 70 crore
    Gadar Ek Prem Katha (2001) – 76 crore
    Ghajini (2008) 116 crore
    3 Idiots (2009) 202 crore
    Further the movies which may be in the list are
    #ChennaiExpress (2013) – 168cr(10 days)
    #Krrish3 (Nov,13)
    #Dhoom3 (Dec,13)
    #Mental/JaiHo (Jan,14)
    #Kick (July,14)
    #Peekay (Dec,14)

  • Salman consideration for “KKHH” is valid bcoz without Salman “KKHH” would have been only blockbuster or superhit bcoz Salman played a very important extended role and created interest in the movie otherwise after interval the movie would have been predictable and the requirement of that role was equivalent superstar compare to Srk and only 2-3 actors like Salman,Aamir etc were equivalent to Srk at that time.So Salman deserves this ATBB.

  • @romance express:
    so you again told against hrithik. .okay,whatever.noone cares.

    Your comment doesn’t make any sense.
    Only khans don’t give BigB,dilip kumar belong to the khans? ? ?
    Every actor has their own time.
    Where was salman khan before 6 years??

    No doubt, It’s the time of salman,srk ,amir. but you can’t under estimate hrithik for that.

    1.Hrithik is such actor whose first movie beat mohabaten,the combo of bigb srk yashraj banner aish. .i don’t think such miracles will happen in future.
    3.hrithik is a inspiration of dancing for youth.
    3.the world’s sexiest actor.
    4.the combination of amazing dancing skill superb acting talent fab looks a singing talent and so he is a comple actor. 2000,2003,2006, his movies were the biggest grossers.where were your khans at that time? ?

    6.he shares good link with all his contempories.

    7.most of the teen agers idolize him.
    8.guzarish:though was a flop,but greatly appriciated by critics.hro acted fab in this movie.
    9.kites:was a flop,but performed good on box office.and before release ,there was a big hype for this movie only because hrithik.
    10-and he is the most varsatile actor in bollywood .his actin in jodha akbar,kmg,d2,agneepath,lakshya,krrish,guzaarish were amazing.

    And so on. . .

    Even i respect khans. But i hate those who hate hrithik. .

    The only reason for which haters hate hrithik is “jealousy”

  • indicine: U said yeh jawani hai deewani is atbb?? and dhoom2 broke the record of gaddar in 2006 but it didn’t became atbb?? what is the criteria of movie to b called atbb? aashiqui2 ROI is 612% but it didn’t became atbb?? bollywood is really biased to khans.. Indicine reply plzzz i want to know this

    • @Bollywood, this is a very strict list of All Time Blockbusters with the most number of footfalls. Only the most historic of blockbusters have been included. If a little more lenient, many more films can be included. Ek Tha Tiger was a HUGE hit and watched by a record number of people. Same with films like Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani and Aashiqui 2, but these films weren’t record-breaking blockbusters.

  • indicine this is totally unfair to say kkhh was salman’s atbb cz he was just in special appearance and cz on the other hand ur saying that amitabh doest nt hv a single atbb not even sholay cz it was multistarrer but he was the main cast ? wat ?

  • @Sumit suman
    your record holder list is incomplete. Here is the correction:-

    gadar (2001) – 76cr

    dhoom 2 (2006) – 80cr

    rab ne bana di jodi (2008) – 86cr

    ghajini (2008) – 114cr

  • A great article Indicine and as ‘nipun’ stated I would have said ‘Dhoom 2’ should have been on the list too because it broke the 5 yr record of Sunny bhais Gadar from 2001. Surely the highest grossers of all time should be considered ATBBs. If not then what was the boxoffice status of Dhoom 2. Thanks

    @nitin Ignore that troll, hes just a sole fan of Srk and hates the other 2 ‘Greater Superior’ Khans. Hes talking nonsense but just be grateful that atleast hes calling Hrithik ‘hrithik’ and not ‘hritic’ like he used too. Seems like the fool is learning some respect atleast…! :-P

  • indicine u dont count sholay as big b atbb but u count 5min salman khan’s appearance… can u tell y? i think we should say big b 1 atbb

  • @navin:
    thnx for the support.and i didn’t state about dhoom2,it was stated by “bollywood”.

    @romance: atleast you could write “hrithik” instead of “hritic”. .

  • Dabaang shudn’t be called atbb and dabangg 2 didnt deserve to be called blockbuster either. Dabaangg is a record breaking blockbuster and dabaang 2 is just a superhit bcuz of its huge release. Now tell me how can dabaangg be an atbb when it released after 3 idiots and made 60 crs less than 3 idiots?. Boxofficeindia is a salman favouring site (I can give u many many reasons incase u dont believe) therefore they termed dabaang as atbb.

    Genuine ATBB’s post 1980’s
    1. Maine pyar kiya
    2. Hum aapke hain kaun
    3. DDLJ
    4. Gadar
    5. 3 idiots

    Fake atbb but huge blockbusters
    1. Aankein (1994)
    2. Raja hindustani
    3. KKHH
    4. Gajini
    Super duper fake ATBB but a big blockbuster
    1. Dabangg

    ATBB shud do unimaginable business or come close it done by previous movie in same year or next year, ATBB shud expand the business market. However, 3 idiots did both of this but dabangg couldn’t do both. If dabaangg is an ATBB then Dhoom 2 deserve to be ATBB too

  • @Indicine. 2 questions. how can u credit kkhh to SALMAN as an all time blockbuster.
    how many does Chennai express need to collect to call it as all time blockbuster.???

  • hadn’t read the article completely
    but crediting Kuch Kuch hota hai to SALMAN is not valid.
    just read sachin 11 comments. man unbelievable. really can’t stop laughing

  • @indicine Hey just checking with yourselves but didnt Dilip Sahebs Devdas collect 5 cr and shouldnt it be considered as an ATBB…?

    Going to check official stats now.

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