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):

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



  • Sanjay dutt…SADAK , SAJAN , KHALNAYAK , MUNNABHAI M.B.B.S , LAGE RAHO MUNNABHAI…these are top grossers of the years according too wikipedia..n these ru blockbusters…

  • salman is the best crowd puller 4 those who says anil leading man in no entry if salman not there no one can see this film bcause anil k solo film kabke band ho chuke hai suraj barjatya ka record hai unke film me leading character ka naam prem hai so why haters called monish bahl and i watch all superstar film i respect them all bcause they achieve something but this foolish srk fan shows their standard salman is big golden hearted man and i respect him throughout my life

  • all r fighting about srk nd salman. But avoiding amir. The films like lagaan, taare jameen par,rang de basanti, ghazni,3idiots say about the quality of amir khan. Can you have a heart to compare dabangg1 and 2, oso,ett,bodygd, don2,ra1 etc with the above said movies.which type of movie do u ask your children to watch? Please avoid the fake actions, try to understand the reality of amir’s.

  • well if HSSH, No Entry, and Saajan were multistarrer then what about SRK’s OSO- It had Arjun Rampal and Shreyas. Karan Arjun had Salman. KKKG had Hrithik and Amitabh. If you saw HSSH, the whole movie focused on Salman. Sajaan was the only movie where he played a supporting role. Amir’s 3I has Madhavan and Sharman while Border has so many actors such as Sunil, Akshaye Khanna, and etc. The truth is, Salman is the most successful actor of his generation box office wise.

  • i think salman will break all records when KICK releases at the box office. Domestic could be 350 crore!

  • @ Ali: (December 29, 2012 at 3:12 am)

    You are absolutely spot on dude. Totally unbiased and fair and true crediting of actors for all the movies. Though im a salman fan but i m not stupid guys to deny that anil kapoor was the leading man in no entry. He had the meatiest and longest role in it. Even fardeen khan had a better role than salman in it in terms of length but salman did not had a cameo in no entry. It was still a good role. Same goes for saajan where sanjay dutt was the main lead.
    For rest of the movies, salman is undoubtedly the leading man.

    BTW, im lol at that ‘mohnish behl’ leading man for hum saath saath hain. hahahaha

  • aamir is the best among others, he is the living legend, every actors and actresses follows his footsteps, 1. aamir change the trend from actions to romance in 1988 with qsqt, others follows.
    2. aamir establishes making one movie at a times and delivering breakthrough performance and now others follows.
    3. creating 100 crore club, that was the dreams of every actor, director, producers.
    4. established 200 crore club.
    5. doing stunt by himself to show the natural performance, now others follows.
    6. the only actor compare to his other contemporaries actors, who receives padma shree as well as padma bhushan,
    7. he has selected 2nd Greatest actor of all time right after amitabh bacchan.
    8. filmfare include his Rang de basanti performance as top 2nd iconic performance of indian cinema right after big b’s zanjeer.
    9. he has huge fan following across the globe,
    10. not only hindi viewers but tamil, telugu, malayalam viewers also loves him. even in chennai he has huge fan following compare to others.
    he is the most powerful superstar of indian cinema

  • Why did you start from 1989? A year before aamir delivered highest grosser with qsqt, but you started from 89 nly i.e salman’s debut year, so its clearly shows that blogger are a salman khan fan.

  • who told u …. Tezaab was the biggest hit of 1988 followed by shahenshah and paap ki duniya …. chk ur facts first

  • saajan maybe a salman starrer but he was clearly outperformed by sanjay dutt and another movie like no entry is not starring but anil kapoor is starring in this movie. show me one movie that Srk has been outperformed or outclassed????? any movie!!!! Aamir khan outperformed in jawani zindabad by javed jaffri and then dil chahta hai nearly outclassed by akshay khana or saif!!! salman outclassed by akshay in Mujhse shadi karogi!!! yes he is good on the screen and he may have big blockbusters but well actors like schwaznegger and stallone were big names but in terms of only action!!!

  • Most successful bollywood movies till 10/04/2013

    1) 3Idiots -2009- 202Cr
    2) Ek Tha Tiger -(2012) – 196Cr
    3) Dabangg2 -2012- 150Cr
    4) Bodyguard -(2011)- 141Cr
    5) Dabangg -(2010)- 140Cr
    6) Rowdy Rathore -(2012)- 134Cr
    7) Ready -(2011)- 121Cr
    8) Agnipath -(2012)- 120Cr
    9) Houseful2 -(2012)- 120Cr
    10) Ra.1 -(2011)- 114Cr
    11) Gajini -(2008)- 114Cr

    haha srk is still competing with Aamir’s 5 years back movie Gajini(2008)

    Salman has 5 movies amongst top 7.
    srk’s most successful #Ra.1 is struggling to maintain it’s 10th position: )

    I am sure srk fans ki jal jaayegi after reading my post.

  • remember salman made saajan and hum saath saath hain colorful….. before criticising just think about saajan without salman….

  • @sanjay, yes dude you are right tezab was highest grosser of 1988 and qsqt in second, so ua information is also wrong, pap ki dunya and shahensha was below to qsqt, check out in wikipedia.

  • z itna sach bolte ho to abhishek ki saari aavgere tak le li aur salman ki kitni filmein kha gayeDhoom2Guru ( Solo)Bunty Aur Babli ( Solo)DusSarkarDhoomKANKDostanaPaai am adding for abhishekbluffmastershootout atlokhandwalaV/SWanted (Solo)PartnerNo EntryMPKKMSKTere Naam ( Solo)Dulhan Hum Le Jayeinge ( Solo)wat abt har dil jocccchum tumhaare hain sanam bhaghbaan (much bigger than shotout)garvphir milengelucky no time for love ( i gues u had no time to count)hello (below aavgere and i am giving the boi link and its a role equal to shootout role of abhishek)yaani abhishek ki do filmein chhod kar salman ki 8 filmein gul kar di. sach hi hai akshay kumar fans se bada manipulative aur creep koi nahin ho sakta. sharukh fans bhi atleast kuchh to basis par bata karte hain magar akshay fans to ghinoune hote hain. yuck!and now i have to wash my fingers with gangajal for commiting the sin of making a cooment on abhsishek -salman compariosn. magar akshay ke ghatiya fans ko nanga karne ke liye ye zaroori tha.

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  • Koonhoi Xie, Section 6638 Salman Khan: Let’s use video to reinvent edtcouian 1) The main objective of the video is to display a new meaning of teaching instead of the traditional classroom system. Sal wants to implement a new way of learning through the use of technology. He suggested that teachers let students do homework in school, and give them video lectures to watch at home.One thing that I liked is this system allows students to go home and visually learn at their own pace. When they return to school, teachers can give them homework based on what they learned, while still having the teachers assist them. This can force interaction amongst fellow classmate. It is efficient because students don’t have to feel they are disinterested in the subject.2) My only skepticism is student’s inability to maintain focus while at home reviewing the lectures off a computer. It is no different than teachers assigning homework for students to do at home. Some students don’t do their homework because they are occupied with their personal agenda. This can occur similarly with lectures given as “homework”.3) The video reminds me a lot of our current class. Assignments are done online weekly. The lectures are just a review of the homework. Professor gives similar problems to HW, and comes around to assist students if they need help. This is somewhat analogous to Khan’s notion of “reinventing edtcouian”.

  • Im fan of salman as well as srk but i feel salman has more fan following and superstardom bcoz his films were just rock single screen and 5 single screen audiance=1 multiplex audiance as ticket rate concern he is huge mass superstar so respect the truth

  • Bcoz i feel the superstardom of salman in first day first show in single screen when he remove shirts or diliver dialogues when his entry in song of KKHH the loud claps and whistle at the theatre and more important is he has more footfall than any other suprstar @ respected indicine plz.publish article about most footfall in bollywood history

  • As footfall concern dabangg has equal as 3 idiot no matter collection is less HAHK has equal footfall as sholay and raja hindustani has more footfall than KKHH so evaluate who is bigger superstar

  • What a fuck you are talking man srk made the bollywood and ddlj rab ne bana di jodi are solo acted movies of srk and both were blockbusters

  • welll guyzzz sunny deol was the best among all this khan from 1990 to 2001 ghatak,ghayal,border,gadar were huge hit specially gadar broke all the record in those days khans were nothing infront of sunny deol……

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