Biggest Grosser of the Year Analysis: 1989 – 2014

Nearly 300 Hindi films release every year and only one film tops them all. In today’s times, it takes a combination of good content, a major superstar and a genre with universal appeal for a film to generate more than Rs 200 crore at the box office.

Salman SRK Aamir Hrithik Sunny

The biggest grosser of the year is also the film that has widely been accepted and brings the maximum number to people to theatres. In this day and age, with prices of movie tickets soaring, piracy increasing and various options for entertainment (like television and video-sharing websites), it’s tough to bring audiences to theatres.

Hence, topping the ‘biggest grosser list’ is nothing short of a major achievement. Below we have compiled a list of the highest grossing films from 1989 to 2014.

Maine Pyaar Kiya (1989)Dil (1990)DDLJ (1995)Kaho Na Pyaar Hai (2000)Border (1997)
Saajan (1991)Raja Hindustani (1996)Kuch Kuch Hota Hai (1998)Koi Mil Gaya (2003)Gadar (2001)
Hum Aapke Hain Kaun (1994)Ghajini (2008)Devdas (2002)Dhoom 2 (2006)
Hum Saath Saath Hain (1999)3 Idiots (2009)Veer Zaara (2004)
No Entry (2005)Dhoom 3 (2013)Om Shanti Om (2007)
Dabangg (2010)PK (2014)
Bodyguard (2011)
Ek Tha Tiger (2012)
Bajrangi Bhaijaan (2015)

Some interesting points:

  • Salman Khan has delivered the highest number of ‘biggest grossers of the year’ 8 times since 1989, which also happens to be the year he made his debut. His best years were between 2010 – 2012, when he managed to beat his contemporaries for three continuous years.
  • But there is one special record that not many others can boast of. Salman is the ONLY superstar who has two ‘biggest grossers of the decade’. Maine Pyaar Kiya and Hum Aapke Hai Kaun were the biggest grossers of the 80s and 90s respectively. The 2000s belonged to Aamir, as 3 Idiots was the highest grosser of the previous decade.
  • Apart from the 5 biggest hits of the year to his credit, Shah Rukh Khan has given the 2nd biggest hit of the year for a record 8 times – Deewana (1991), Karan Arjun (1995), Dil To Pagal Hai (1997), Mohabbatein (2000), Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gham (2001), Kal Ho Na Ho (2003), Main Hoon Na (2004) and Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi (2008). He has also consistently made it to the Top 5 since his debut in 1992.
  • Salman has delivered Top 2 biggest grossers of the year three times. Hum Saath Saath Hain and Biwi No. 1 in 1999, Bodyguard and Ready in 2011, Ek Tha Tiger and Dabangg 2 in 2012.
  • 2006 belonged to Hrithik Roshan as Dhoom 2 and Krrish were the 1st and 2nd biggest hits of the year respectively. Hrithik has also ruled the box office in 2000 (Kaho Naa Pyaar Hai) and 2003 (Koi Mil Gaya).
  • Ajay Devgn has three 2nd biggest grosser of the year to his credit. Phool Aur Kaante in 1991, Pyaar to Hona Hi Tha in 1998 and Golmaal 3 in 2010.
  • Akshay Kumar came close to giving the biggest hit of the year as many as 4 times. Mohra in 1994, Welcome in 2007 were the 2nd biggest hits while Singh is King and Rowdy Rathore came 3rd in 2008 and 2012 respectively.
  • Hrithik and Salman are the only big stars to deliver the biggest grosser of the year with their debut films.
  • Amongst the top stars, Ajay Devgn, Akshay Kumar and Ranbir Kapoor are yet to deliver the year’s biggest grosser, something that Sunny Deol managed twice with Border (1997) and Gadar (2001).
  • In terms of footfalls, Salman topped the 1980s (Maine Pyaar Kiya) and 1990s (Hum Aapke Hain Kaun). Gadar was the most watched movie of 2000’s, a film that sold many more tickets than 3 Idiots.


  • Hrithik has the highest hit ratio of 50%..that’s great achivement…if he delivers more movies in a year he has good chance to beat all Khans. He is just short 2-3 more blockbusters post which audience trust on him will increase and it should result in good collections for all his movies…

  • The list shows the current standings, It is very much clear who is ahead of whom. King managed only 5 times, Aamir 6 times and Salman 8 times despite having so many flops.

    2 top grossers Thrice.
    Highest grosser of the decade Twice.
    Consecutive 3 years of dominance with 5 Blockbusters.
    Seven movies in 100 crore club
    Almost 2 Two movies (ETT 199 crs) in 200 crore club

    That itself speak the stardom of Salman !!!!!!! The True Megastar of Bollywood.

  • @indicine why there is highest grossers, biggest grossers of the year these kind of article gets pale now. Please publish something exciting like longest duration between two hits in terms of movies longest duration between 2 hit movies in terms of period.
    If you analyze above srk has dominated single handedly from 92 to 2007 during this period he gave 5 top grossers, 6 top second.

  • Indicine As per your Records Ra. One did 125 Corers and Ready did 121 Corers, so 2nd Highest Grosser of 2011 is Ra. One which means SRK 9 times has given year 2nd Highest Grosser and Salman Khan has given 2 times Highest and 2nd Highest Grosser of the year. Please make the necessary change.

  • @saksham,OSO broke dhoom2’s record 1st. so don’t lie.


    KING SRK has 8 TIMES 2ND HIIGHEST GROSSER.many times 3rd highest grosser.

    DDLJ,K2H2,DEVDAS,VEER-ZAARA,OSO all are highest grosser with alone KING KHAN starrer ,non of them are multistarrer.while 4 of them are CULT CLASSIC except OSO proves KING KHAN is the REAL KING OF CLASS+MASS.

    while 3idiots and dhoom3 are basically only 4 films are there which credit goes to amir khan.while 2 of them are classic 3i & pk(masala classics).

    while 3 films of salman khan is multistarrer—-saajan,hum saath saath hain,no entry(he has very short role compared in anil-fardeen starrer).so for rest 5 movies he can take credit and mainly due to masala genre.while he is also having 2 classic mpk,hahk(both are from rajshri) tied with amir.

    • DDLJ was a success due to Amrish Puri, Farida Jalal, Kajol, Anupam Kher who saved the film despite king shivering n stuttering in every other scene- muktistarrer

      Devdas- King was too intoxicated to deliver his dialogues so Jackie, Aish n Madhuri held that film together- multistarrer

      KKHH- bhais film all the way- first half king looked like he was baby nipuns daddy nipun trying to be young n groovy at college- eyesore in all honesty- Sana Saeed to was adorable. big multistarrer

      OSO- biggest assembled star cast EVER- whole of bollywood graced that one song and made that prequel to TMK the success it was today…

      Veer Zara- Preity n Boman n Manoj saved that prequel to Jab Tak Hai Mojo- another multistarrer

      So without using a manipulative calculator from FilmKraft we can say without hesitation that King is still awaiting his first solo success…

      Comprehend that complan boy Suresh Sukhinath Subhramanium…

    • @Navin then you should give credit to Alok Nath, Reema Lagoo, bhagyashree, rajeev verma for the sucess of Maine Pyar Kiya, Madhuri Dixit, Mohnish Bahl, Renuka Shahane, Anupam Kher, Alok Nath for HAHK success, saif, Mohnish, and other most of the same star cast as HAHK and MPK for HSSH, sanjay dutt and madhuri for saajan, Anil, fardeen for No Entry, Vinod Khanna, Dimple Kapadia for Dabangg, Raj Babbar, kareena kapoor for bodyguard, Katrina Kaif, ranveer shory, girish kannad for ek tha tiger, etc etc. because your above comment doesn’t make any sense.

  • The list shows the current standings, It is very much clear who is ahead of whom. King managed only 5 times, Aamir 6 times and Salman 8 times despite having so many flops.

    2 top grossers Thrice.
    Highest grosser of the decade Twice.
    Consecutive 3 years of dominance with 5 Blockbusters.
    Seven movies in 100 crore club
    Almost 2 Two movies (ETT 199 crs) in 200 crore club

    That itself speak the stardom of Salman !!!!!!! The True Megastar of Bollywood.

    @Indicine : Please publish this.

    • Yes no doubts in my mind… Bhai jaan himself knows that he shouldnt have done alot of those movies…! Im sure he regrets it but he is everyones bhai jaan so always said yes to friends n family so made crappy films that he shouldnt have. Some never pay off but some do wonders at the BO like KKHH which are saved from failing due to bhais presence. Bhai saved kjos career from sinking before it begun…

    • @Navin Bhai, yes you are right. only salman made KKHH bearable. otherwise it was a torture from king’s monotonous overacting throughout the movie. had salman not been in KKHH, it would have been a clean hit. LOL.

  • Maan gaye Indicine you mentioned some facts for the highest grossers but you even don’t mentioned that Aamir is only actor who has given two back to back all time grosser not once but twice with Ghajini,3i than with d3,pk.Also he is only actor who had given highest grosser of the year back to back two times that also not happened from 1989-2014 and Salman given 3 back to back but he achieve the same need to be seen,but have to see will he able to do that.
    Srk,hrithik and sunny deol haven’t achieved that back to back.
    There is not even a single doubt remain in my mind that this is anti Aamir site.Cheers.

    • I agree with you but lets just rejoice in the fact that Aamir still proves doubters wrong n breaks his own records with classy films whilst others fail with masala. He takes advantage of the failings of others- quietly but surely Aamir is becoming the Undisputed BoxOffice King domestic n overseas…!

  • A tight slsp on the faces of the shameless illiterates like sss n romu kaka who say Bhai was nothing before remakes ie Wanted 2009…. Bhai has as many Highest Grossers (5) of the year pre 2009 as our king has in his entire career…. Thats 5 before his golden phase of 2010-2012…. Bhsi roxXxXx

    • @navin look at their comment at last about the no of footfalls that mpk,hahk and Gadar were having higher footfall and 3i has less.But they don’t tell that Aamir is able to given 2.5 crore + footfall three times in last 6 years and that also in the time when piracy is denting huge business even at the time of 3i you can have DVD of 5 films in just 30rs in cities like Delhi/Mumbai that eventually dent the collection now a days too.What is surprising in their 9-10 facts in the article you have Salman,srk,hr,ajay,Akshay name but Aamir had only for that 3i is highest grosser of decade.Wow what a analysis.Superb

  • Srk is the 1st actor who gave First 5 cr weekend,10 cr weekend, 15 cr , 20 cr , 25 cr ,50 cr ,100cr weekned & now Srk will give 150cr weekned too, the king will be back…

    • @romu don’t know about 5,10 or 25 but 50cr weekend was started by Salman Bodyguard with 51 cr in 3 days, 100 cr by dhoom 3 even CE official were 93.5 and don’t include paid previews as it almost count as half day,even CE 4th day collection was 12.5cr.

  • @Tiger bhai, i talking about debutant director with Salman have highest grosser 3 time which are;
    1. MPK
    2. Dabangg
    3. Bodyguard.

    Salman’s 5 blockbuster movie with debutant director;
    4.Dabangg 2
    5. Kick.

    • @myanmar, extremly sry, for the mistake.

      @navin, u said epic truth behind the success of king’s highest grossers……Aapne toh unki Lungeee dheeli kar di.

  • @Indicine you forgot to include givinda and anil kapoor. Govinda’s aankhen was the highest grosser of 1993. and anil kaooor too gave the highest grosser of the year with Beta. please include that.

  • @indicine… Its quite spot on based on d ABOVE TOPIC…and d additional facts u added below its..
    NB:… BUT…let’s remove sentiments cos it helps ppl fans even me and enlightens a lot! Just that many ppl here just use sentiments to bash actors they not one of them..observe my comments I praise those that deserve.
    Yes Salman …..tops but personally I think if we r being honest…CONTENT wise its AAMIR and SRK. but take nothing away from Salman it just seems like he was born wit charisma which makes him such a mass favourite plus he is never ARTIFICIAL!
    content wise scripts wit excellent portrayal of their roles…
    AAMIR KHAN/SHAH RUKH(tough to find numb 1)
    …..but for me overall… All d 3khans deserve 1st position!!
    Okay 2ndly…its could to see names mentioned…
    AJAY HRITIK AKKI…. who if d Khans weren’t in d industry…they wldv been up there after such a long career…HRITIK having d slight edge ABOVE AKKI/AJAY cos of his film fare awards/highest grossers and his charisma among audience though acting wise AKKI AJAY ahead. Someone said being runners up is a loser?? No…being runners up out of several superstars challenges promotions conservativnes etc for me is not an easy task!!
    Finally..about RHANBIR… yes very bright future..currently among d leading actors but I just have a feeling that RHANBIR do sent go d same way RAJESH KHANNA did…super fame! Hit ratios! Women dream guy BUT cld not SUSTAIN his FAME or got carried AWAY and started declining….!
    As for SHAHID RANVEER ARJUN SUSHANT…I think yeah they will b bottle neck with RHANBIR all depends with luck content and above all CONSISTENCY like their ABOVE ICONS. I still see VARUN and SID …as very good dedicated stars but still think they may later b more involved in MULTI starrer movies in their career but with very good movies within their spell in d industry.
    No offence guys… I respect all d actors n nothing against them…just my personal view. Cheers

  • @sky 11:59pm

    I made my feelings perfectly clear about Indicines coverage of Aamir Khan news in the week leading up to PKs release- more negativity than and worthwhile news items or interviews from Team PK so I wont reiterate those views again here.

    Yes I agree with your sentiments but instead of banging heads against a brick wall lets just enjoy the undisputable facts which are Aamir and Salman outshine our Kings self glorified achievements…!

    • Agree but being a leading Bollywood related sites its there duty to be neutral which they aren’t.That’s a fact.For their good thing I appreciate them but for their wrong deeds I will bash them.
      Less article before d3 and pk release,commenting that if there was any other actor who know d3 collected much higher, Pk ticket rates controversy,PK dialogue and scenes related article even before the film complete its first week run.Most important they rated kick,hny 4 star but pk they had hugeexpectation.Now this Article Aamir is completely ignored by them.How cheap.

  • comparing with salman &srk Aamir has a half of movie than them but still he has more Blockbuster than srk akshay ritik and many more this makes Aamir different from others and akso ashows that quality is more effective than quantity

  • aamir and salman have given highest grosser of the year with debutant directors as well as flop directors. but king has neither given highest grosser of the year with debutant director nor any flop director. LOL.

  • All,

    Salman’s HAHK grossed close to 70 crore in 1994.

    It took SRK’s OSO in 2007 80 crore + to beat HAHK. Salman to SRK comparison only…!!!


  • Kkhh was atbb because of bhai what a joke Navin. If yes then Mpk was atbb because of bhagyashree. Bhai was only supporting role in kkhh and also has got a award for so.
    And hahk which all bhai fans are boasting in that madhuri completely overshadowed our talentless bhai. Just google this article “madhuri the hero eater” you will get ur answers.

  • SRK

    Deewana (Hit) Year 2nd Biggest Hit

    Baazigar (Hit) Year 4th Biggest Hit
    Darr (Super Hit) Year 3rd Biggest Hit

    Karan Arjun (Blockbuster) Year 2nd Biggest Hit
    Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge (All Time Blockbuster) Year Biggest Hit

    Pardes (Hit) Year 3rd Biggest Hit
    Dil To Pagal Hai (Super Hit) Year 2nd Biggest Hit

    Kuch Kuch Hota Hai (All Time Blockbuster) Year Biggest Hit

    Mohabbatein (Super Hit) Year 2nd Biggest Hit

    Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham (Blockbuster) Year 2nd Biggest Hit

    Devdas (Hit) Year Highest Net Grosser & 2nd Biggest Hit

    Chalte Chalte (Super Hit) Year 4th Biggest Hit
    Kal Ho Naa Ho (Super Hit) Year 2nd Biggest Hit

    Main Hoon Naa (Hit) Year 2nd Highest Net Grosser & 4th Biggest Hit
    Veer-Zaara (Super Hit) Year Biggest Hit

    Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna (Hit)
    Don – The Chase Begins Again (Hit) Year 5th Highest Net Grosser

    Chak De! India (Blockbuster) Year 4th Biggest Hit
    Om Shanti Om (Mega Blockbuster) Year Biggest Hit

    Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi (Blockbuster) Year 2nd Biggest Hit

    My Name Is Khan (Hit) Year 4th Highest Net Grosser

    Ra. One (Hit) Year 2nd Highest Net Grosser
    Don 2 – The King Is Back (Hit) Year 4th Highest Net Grosser

    Jab Tak Hai Jaan (Hit) Year 4th Highest Net Grosser

    Chennai Express (All Time Blockbuster) Year 2nd Biggest Hit & 3rd Highest Net Grosser

    Happy New Year Year 3rd Highest Net Grosser & 4th Biggest Hit

    Can any one tell what were the contribution of :-

    Salman Khan in following Years (9): 1992-1993, 2000-2003, 2006, 2008 & 2013 Flops, Disasters or Commission Earners

    Aamir Khan in following Years (16): 1992- 2000, 2002-2005, 2010-2012 Flops, Disasters or Commission Earners

    Shah Rukh Khan in following Years (5): 1994, 1996, 1999, 2005 & 2009

  • Badshah, salman has 8 highest grosser of the year and king has 8 2nd highest grosser still srk is more consistence……KING FANS LOGIC….LOL.

    • @Tiger please take a dictionary and search the meaning of consistency. If you still are not able to understand then I’ll explain u.

  • @sht, agreed, @indicine should make list of the all time lowest grossers of all stars rather these highest grosser article. King will be way ahead of others with his epic YLJK.

  • Nobody knows Salman and Aamir here in Europe, so don’t compare them with Shahrukh, only jobless people in India knows Salman and Aamir, coz they have lots of free times to watch their movies.

  • Dear Indicine Kuch kuch hota hai is also Salman khan movie,
    so it will be 9 Highest grosser of the year for Salman Khan

  • madhuri dixit has 6, 3 of them were back2back
    1988 tezaab
    1990 dil
    1991 saajan
    1992 beta
    1994 hahk
    2002 devdas

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