Bollywood’s Highest Grosser of the Year: 1989 – 2015

2015 is coming to an end and it’s Salman Khan yet again who has topped the Highest Grosser of the Year for a record 9th time (10 if Kuch Kuch Hota Hai, where he had a supporting role, is included in the list).

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 250 / 300 crore at the box office.

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The biggest grosser of the year is also the film that has widely been accepted and brings the maximum number of 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 2015.

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)
  • Salman Khan has delivered the highest number of ‘highest grossers of the year’ 9 times since 1989, which also happens to be the year he made his debut. His best years are between 2010 – 2012, when he managed to beat his contemporaries for three continuous years. In 2015, he topped the list once again after making way for Aamir Khan in 2013 and 2014.
  • 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 hits 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 four times. Hum Saath Saath Hain and Biwi No. 1 in 1999, Bodyguard and Ready in 2011, Ek Tha Tiger and Dabangg 2 in 2012, Bajrangi Bhaijaan and Prem Ratan Dhan Payo in 2015.
  • 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 has never delivered the highest grosser of the year so far in his career, but came close 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. He would have probably topped the list in 2007, if Taare Zameen Par did not release on the same day.
  • Hrithik and Salman are the only big stars to deliver the biggest grosser of the year with their debut films.
  • Among 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.
  • In the current century, when Aamir Khan made it to the top of the list, he not only delivered the highest grosser of the year, but also the highest grosser of all time. Ghajini, 3 Idiots, Dhoom 3 and PK were the highest grossers of the year, highest grossers of all time and All Time Blockbusters.


  • The success of salman is far more commendable & incredible than aamir & the teesra khan because of his personal & professional controversies , bad boy image portrayed by the media , his not-so-good script sense and many other factors and not to forget he being a lesser actor than aamir or ajay d (for me srk will always remain the quintessential over-actor, hrithik the 3rd best actor after aamir & ajay among the top 6 superstars ), just imagine had salman been as prudent as aamir in choosing the scripts or as shrewd as teesra khan in marketing his films & working with top directors & top production houses then the legend of the salman would have been much much bigger than what it is already now, that’s why i say salman is arguably the biggest superstar bollywood ever had along with big b (not necessarily the greatest actor but yeah definitely the biggest superstar)..

  • I have watched kkhh twice in d theatres only 4 salman khan which has never been 4 a srk movies .srk fans ,either accept salman as supporting actor in kkhh or filmfare awards as fakefare awards

  • @indocine this is disgusting. You are only overhyping Salman but ignoring the fact that the real megastar Aamir khan has given maximum ATBBs and he has 4 ATHGs which no other actor in the history of Indian cinema has given. Why did you not mention that? This site only knows how to degrade the biggest ultimate megastar of India? The fact Js aamir is biggest megastar and no one can digest that. No one is bigger than him. You also included small stars like srk, akshay, hrithik and ajay in your special mention then how dare you to ignore the ultimate biggest global megastar of Bollywood? Shame o. Your credibility? Edit this list and include that aamir is only megastar who has 4 ATHGs which is out of reach for anyone.

  • Bhai has 9 highest grosser of the year and queen only 4. BAAP baap hota hai aur BETA beta hota hain…..

  • As far as Diwali is concerned,Ranbir is struggling big time..He can only compete Ajay if ADHM turns out to be a really good film and Shivaay turns out to be a bad one.
    Otherwise Ae Hit hai mushKil!

  • @Aisha, hahaha you noticed those boyish behaviour too. We’ll said Only Hritik and Ajay come near the Khan in those areas.
    @Sunny alcoholic Karishma and Raveena fell for this Superstar with no looks back then. Both were beauty queens too and were too big to act with akki not until 1994. Also of lately another beautiful girl Kangana was head over heels for superstar with no looks. Beta itna jalo mat

  • I don’t know why people underestimate fan
    remember only content works in a long run in today’s time !!!!!!
    I bet that mohenjo daro will the biggest hit of 2016 ….
    if Raees gets solo release then it will be most definitely Raees which will be the biggest hit .

  • Why my comment moderated in such bad way..?

    Indicine you completely changed meaning of my comment..

    my actual comment:-

    “History will repeat…like 2013.
    Salman failed to beat 3Idiots & Srk-Rohit film did it.
    Now again Salman failed to beat PK & Srk-Rohit film will repeat history….
    Dilwale will be first 350crs film..”

    I am searching writer of this comment.

    A brave fan written this comment few months ago.

    I just said it for laughing on him but Indicine posted only half part of it.

    But look at that comment also some dumbs liked it…!
    Dumbest fan base.
    still dreaming..?

    Indicine also dreaming for Dilwale to become 2nd highest of 2015.

    Mark my words—

    Top movies of 2015 will be:-
    1.Bajrangi Bhaijaan
    3.Bajirao Mastani

  • @indicine:
    You forgot to add the Baap of all record…….BIGGEST GROSSER OF THE 20th CENTUARY belong to BHAI….

  • @NVS who are you to say if Salman had done this and that and bla bla bla? Salman can never reach the level of Mr. Perfectionist and real megastar of Indian cinema Aamir khan. Salman is the most overrated star after srk and dont even dare to compare these 2 overrated stars with real megastar of Bollywood aamir khan. Your Salman’s so called great movie BB failed to break PK’s record( no bahubali excuse accepted) he also failed to break Dhoom 3’s record with similar genre kick. He chased 3 idiots record for 5 years. Then who are you to even dare to say Salman would have been this and bla bla bla? Salman van never ever take place of real megsssyr of Bollywood aamir. There is no comparison between aamir and rest of the Bollywood. Aamir is on his own league. 10000s like srk and Salman will come and go but there is only one megastar that is aamir khan. No one like jim has ever come or will ever come. He is the real face of Bollywood and no one can take his place..

  • Hrithik’s

    1, Mohenjo Daro … 2016
    2, THUG … 2017

    will be Highest Grossing Films Of Respective Years !

  • My Assessment-
    Salman has this raw superstardom and if he has taken his work seriously post Aishwarya debacle no one could have touched him.

    Aamir khan has always given quality movies. After 2001, people have started realising Aamir’s contribution and that got translated into his box office numbers.

    SRK has rare combo of good acting and great PR that has helped him working with right people and getting right project.

    Hrithik, has an amazing start to his box office journey with 3 HGOTY in first 6 yrs (an unbelievable feat). 2 reasons why he did not delivered HGOTY after 2006.

    a) In 9 yrs he has worked only on 7 movies. Too less.
    b) Emergence of Khan trio, Competition from Khans was always there but all the three Khan’s really came onto their own after 2006.

    Still he is 10 yr younger to khans and can deliver many HGOTY with right project.

    Sunny Paaji, had an unprecedented following in 90’s especially in north.

    Note to Indicine-
    Pls prepare a list of movies with best WOM since 1990’s and actors who starred in the same.
    To make this calculation objective you can use Total collection vs first weekend no.
    Example- 3 idiots collected 37 cr in 1st weekend. Total collection was 202.
    So, WOM for 3i would be 202/37=5.46X.

  • it has confirmed that Raees and sultan is not clashing sultan is moving its date ahead….. so Raees 300+ confirmed…! king khan rockz z

  • @hafeez On the basis of the article that you have read and commented on, indicine stated that 3 khans have ruled the past 3 decades, you illiterate dweeb.

  • Some epic box office records of Salman which no bollywood actor ever achieved……

    1. Maximum number of blockbusters(12) ever.

    2. Maximum number of highest grossers of the year(9times).

    3. 5 back to back blockbusters.

    4. 3 back to back highest grosser of the year(2010, 2011 & 2012).

    5. Top3 highest grosser of an year(1999- HSSH, Biwi no1 & HDDCS).

    6. 2 ATBB cum highest grosser of the year with debutant directors(MPK & Dabang).

    7. Highest grossers of the decades 1980-1990 & 1990-2000).

    8. Highest grosser of 20th century(HAHK).

    9. Top 2 highest grosser of the year for 4 times.

    10. Only actor crossed 500cr domestic & 1000cr worldwide in a single year…

  • @iamAKN
    When I saw your name I was expecting you will talk about overseas but you started with awards then came to overseas and then to consistancy which I didn’t expected. Something remained? Common show some more frustration.

  • Boxoffice is unpridctable, one thing now certain masala genere died and Bahubali started new trend. My bet 2016 Raees(solo) n Housefull3 because i think its time for comedy films domance starts 2006-10

  • In few days I will come with career analysis of khans and will consider some facts that no one considered before.

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