Biggest Grossers of the Year: 1989 – 2012

Bollywood churns out the maximum number of movies every year, but only one of them beats all others and becomes the biggest grosser of the year.

Salman SRK Aamir Hrithik Sunny

Salman Khan – SRK – Aamir Khan – Hrithik Roshan – Sunny Deol

Delivering the biggest grosser of the year also means your movie is watched by the maximum number of people in that particular year on the big screen. In this day and age, with prices of movie ticket soaring, piracy and various options for entertainment (like television), it’s tough to bring audiences to theatres.

Hence, topping the ‘biggest grosser list’ is nothing short of a major achievement. Below is a list of all major actors today and the count of the biggest grossers of the year to their credit. (Last 25 years only):

SalmanAamirSRKHrithikSunny
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 unknown facts:

  • Salman Khan leads his contemporaries by a distance with a staggering count of 8 (9 if we include Kuch Kuch Hota Hai).
  • What makes it even more special for Salman is the fact that, he is the ONLY superstar with two biggest grossers of the decade. Maine Pyaar Kiya and Hum Aapke Hai Kaun were the biggest grossers of the 80s and 90s respectively.
  • 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).
  • 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 (expected).
  • 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.
  • 2006 belonged to Hrithik Roshan as Dhoom 2 and Krrish were the 1st and 2nd biggest hits of the year respectively.

Abhishek Sharma tweets @abhu_sharma

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146 Comments

  • all sallu fans fact is fact before 2010 peopl want to go ceinma for SRK and aamir and now aftr salman,s das ka dum and bigg boss tv shows peopl want to go for sulman so fact is that sulman is a TV star mean local he got this stage for his TV popularty nt for his telent like SRK aamir ranbir harithk irfan khan

  • Some fans must be very desperate to prove that he’s the number one in bollywood, lol. Tell indicine to write an article about the actors who’ve won most awards for their performances and let’s see where your idol stands in there.

  • so its clear that Salman Has ruled 8/9 years while srk only 5 years,
    salman has 4 ATBB SRK 2
    SALMAN 10 BLOCKBUSTER SRK 6
    SALMAN 2 BIGGEST HIT OF DECADE SRK 00
    SALMAN HAS 8/9 HIGHEST GROSSER SRK 5
    SALMAN HAS BROKEN ALLTIME GRSSER RECORD BUT SRK NEVER
    SALMAN 5 100 CR SRK 3
    AND MANY MORE SALMAN LEADS BUT STILL SRKIAN CALL SRK RULES FOR 20 YEARS SHAME SHAME WHERE R THOSE 20 YEARS?
    SO NOW LEFT ONLY OVERSEAS 4 SRKIAN LET HIM RULE THERE COZ OVERSEAS IS JUST 20% OF BOLLYWOOD AND INDIA IS 80% OF BWOOD.SALMAN RULES 80% AND SRK 20%

  • Ruler . . Tel indi cine to rite national award winner and then see wher ur idol stands Haha . . U only standing in shi t and sayin that others standin in shi t huh Haha ridiculous

  • Salman is at his best rite from the debut movie.. This list will continue next year also Salman is undisputed king of Bollywood from 1989 where are those srk fans I think they all hide from indicine… Thanks indicine for bringing this article..

  • Srk in constiten in hits only not super hits bb and atbb. . Wher salman is constiten in super hits bb and atbb. . Y Srk has more no. hits Bcoz he work with good directors and good script so where as if salman go with good directors and good script u have seen the result in maine pyaar kiya n hahk the biggest hits of decade as well history . . Agree it or bad mae jao

  • @ indicine correct ur info….raaz was the highest grosser in 2002 not devdas…so srk has only 4 highest grossing movies in 20 years of bollywood career lol!!

  • all srk fans who are commenting bad about salman …will definitely vanish from this site when chennai express releases ( i mean after seeing its low collections & poor reviews)

    reasons for low collections:-

    1) sliding career of srk….raone.don2>jthj

    2) no holiday release….really the film wont be complete till atleast june…there are no holidays in july… in august there are 2 ….i think on eid ouatim 2 will release…while a week later radhey on independence day…in october there are two holiday weekends…oct 2 & oct 11..am sure that kick will come around that time…so no october… in november diwali will be grabbed by hritik… in dec aamir will return with d3…

    3) competition from other releses in july or september( becoz these are the only months where srk can dare to release the film)…

    so lifetime of ce will be less then 100cr…

    last srk film which released on non holiday was mnik & it collected only 75 cr in india…

    so taking above factors in mind 2013 is the most dangerous & probably the last year for srk in bollywood!!

  • Dear Haters,
    just visit the boxofficeindia, you will find as The film has emerged the second biggest hit of 2012. Guess which is the second biggest hit of the year?
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    Yes it is a DABANGG 2.

  • Indicine itself has told through this article who is d real badshah.. saajan hssh and no entry cannot be credited to salman alone.. and similiarly border was not a sunny movie.. i clearly remember salman himself said that he signed sajan bcoz of presence of sanju baba as salman wanted a hit film.. today undoubtedly salman is number one but film making afterall is a business.. so numbers only from india cannot b considered.. bcoz money is money from whichever mkt it comes..n when it comes to worldwide success i blv i do not have to even tell who is numero uno.. SRK was, is and pbably will remain the king for time to come.. SRK n SALMAN both rock.. but SRK is the badshah!!

  • @chulbul..i just made a focus on some facts.thats it.if u r saying that some srk movies are also multistarrer..then my ans is ..ya. its true!
    and i am accepting it, but u shud also accept the facts.
    and if u have developed a bad image of mine in ur mind, then no problem.
    i can’t do anything as its all about ur conception, but my comment was not due to the fact that i hate salman, rather i made it only for making a fair comparison, bcoz sanjay,saif,anil etc are bigger stars, so the credit of the successful can’t be given to a single actor.

  • @ xzone
    dude no matter what happens sallu fans will never accept the truth like srk fans.. we accept that salman currently is number one at the domestic front.. but as i mentioned earlier its a business.. ticket collections from all sources are to be considered.. and even on reading the list if they believe that saajan hssh and no entry were salman solos.. then let them believe and be happy!! but facts will remain facts.. and if we start discussing awards..(which is not appropriate here and is out of context).. then they will say every award is fixed :p .. so chill!!

  • @rag13…exactly..thats the same thing of sallu fans make me disappointed.They used to say that comon, discuss logically, but if u present some facts , than they will start targetting u.
    A small example is BOI. At the time of JTHJ, their fav source was BOI, but now if u go to any page f D2 and u make a comment regarding BOI, they start arguing wid u.
    Thats not fair yaar..

  • Thanks Abhishek and Indicine for the great article.
    Salman is the longest super star. Salman is the only actor to have many many
    All Time Blockbuster in indian history.
    1)MAINE PYAR KIYA
    2)HUM AAPKE HAIN KAUN
    3)KKHH
    4)DABANGG
    5)BODYGAURD
    6)EK THA TIGER
    7)MAY BE (DABANGG2)

  • @chulbul: you look just as dumb as your name. You say shahrukh has many hits because he chooses good scripts and good directors to work with? Well isn’t it a common sense for an actor to choose a good script in order to do well at the box office. Your salman has many more flops than compare to any other actors, because he was dumb enough to choose those scripts and it just shows his sense in choosing scripts. He must have been very desperate to make money, no matter what kind of movies he made.

  • @Amaan ysf
    bro.. seriously?? kkhh is a salman atbb!! and just for your info.. ett is not atbb and d2.. well the verdict is not yet out and everybody by now is pretty sure it will not be atbb.. so your 7 now becomes 4 :)

  • @ rag 13 then all salman movies have crushed srk movies world wide…so according to it salman leads worldwide right??

    dabangg 215 cr >> mnik 210 cr

    bodyguard 230 cr >> raone 202 cr..don2 206 cr

    ett 310 cr>> jthj 208 cr…

    and dabnagg 2 currently 106cr in india nett so india gross = 144 cr…overseas curreently 35 cr…think so (since weekend was 23 cr)….

    all data according to boxofficeindia….

  • KKHH, DEVDAS & VEER JAARA were also multistarrer movies as salman was also in KKHH, jacki shraaf was in DEVDAS and Amitabh was also in VEER JAARA LOL. ab bolo

  • and in OSO there were all big superstar lik salman,amitabh,akshay,saif etc including arjun rampal..so it was also multistarrer film for huge opening LOL…ab bolo

  • visit box office day previously called box office report).. go in the databases–>records–>top worldwide

    and dont forget don 2 collections are still not updated.. they would surely cross bodyguard worldwide..

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