Box Office Milestones of the Hindi Film Industry

Readers here on Indicine are well aware of most box office records in recent times, but ever wondered which Hindi film was the first film to do 1 crore net business? Or for that matter the first film to collect 5 crore and 10 crore at the domestic box office?

Way back in the year 1943, Gyan Mukherjee’s Kismet was the first film to collect Rs 1 crore in its entire run at the box office. Starring Ashok Kumar, Mumtaz Shanti and Shah Nawaz, Kimset was produced by the first public limited film company Bombay Talkies.

Bollywood Blockbusters

Bollywood Blockbusters

More than 17 years later, K Asif’s iconic Mughal-e-azam was the first Hindi film to surpass the 5 crore mark. The historic costume drama featured Prithviraj Kapoor as Emperor Akbar, Dilip Kumar as Salim and Madhubala as Anarkali.

The industry had to wait for 15 more years, when Ramesh Sippy’s 1975 All-time-blockbuster Sholay became the first film to collect 10 crore. The Amitabh Bachchan – Dharmendra – Hema Malini – Jaya Bachchan starrer was also the first to 15 crore.

And then the ‘KHAN Domination’ began. Apart from Sunny Deol’s Gadar Ek Prem Katha which was first to 75 crores, every milestone was owned by either Salman Khan (25 and 50 crore), Aamir Khan (100, 125, 150, 175 and 200 crore) or Shahrukh Khan (225 crore).

Full list of all the major milestones. It goes without saying that all the below films are some of the biggest blockbusters in the history of Indian Cinema.

  • 1 crore – Kismet (1943)
  • 5 crore – Mughal-e-azam (1960)
  • 10 crore – Sholay (1975)
  • 25 crore – Hum Aapke Hain Kaun (1994)
  • 50 crore – Hum Aapke Hain Kaun (1994)
  • 75 crore – Gadar Ek Prem Katha (2001)
  • 100 crore – Ghajini (2008)
  • 125 crore – 3 Idiots (2009)
  • 150 crore – 3 Idiots (2009)
  • 175 crore – 3 Idiots (2009)
  • 200 crore – 3 Idiots (2009)
  • 225 crore – Chennai Express (2013)

Which film will be the first to 250, 275 and 300? It could well be Krrish 3 or Dhoom 3 this year. There is Mental, Happy New Year and Kick. If none of them manage to break into the the 250 crore club, Aamir Khan’s Peekay directed by Rajkumar Hirani is almost certain to achieve the next milestone!

Do post your thoughts in the comments section below.



  • Aamir Khan ko bahut jam k promotion karna parega tabhi kuch baat banega ….. jaisa Shahrukh ne Chennai Express jaisi ghatiya movie k liye kiya tha…..

  • Good news to all hrithikians krrish 3 is on a record breaking spree . Krrish 3 trailer has crossed 16 million views . The total views for the trailer are 16,003,486 views with 61,310 likes and 9,017 dislikes with 32,831 comments . Another news is that krrish 3 trailer was the 5th most viewed video in the month of august and september in the world and it is in the list of 50 most viral videos . This is a slap to all those haters who said the trailer has not been liked by people other than Asians . So hrithikians just enjoy the moment and the next target is 17 million views and to beat the record of robocop official trailer . So keep on viewing the trailer and create a new benchmark . Enjoy the moment . Cheers .

  • Those haters who thinks CE is ghatia, crap & weak movie in the list, for them Its a BIG Slap that a Weak movie is BAAP of all movies. India’s Biggest Ever Movie. Who said this record will remain for few months for them my advice till then shut up. Just Back when urs so called K-3, D-3, Mental or Kick will deliver. Speak at right time other wise u guys will face shame.
    Right now SRK is BAAP of Bollywood.

  • When some one talk about something that mean they are feeling the presence of that thing badly.
    Same like Salman mentioned CE record in his interview. Aamir talked about it in his interview. But the thing is when u r making records u talk about it positively and generously but when u talk about others record if u talk negatively that means u r jelous of that. Same thing shows the jelousy of Salman & Aamir.

  • Does chennai express really deserves to be a milestone in hindi cinema? after 200 cr, i will straight away jump to 250 cr.

  • @Sakhsham yes hrithick,s dhoom2 make 80 crores but you shouldn,t forget one thing that at time of ddlj and hahk a movies strugles and even can,t made 5,10 crores or even 1 crore and there were very few screens and very less movie lovers and at time of dhoom screens increase tickets prices and even bolleywood lovers increase and even if hrithick and ranbir didn,t give one flope after that they will be still didn,t big superstars like 3Khans because at time of hrithick and ranbir every thing increase

  • Overseas milestones: first movie to cross $5 million- k2h2(srk), $10 million- kank(srk), $15 million-3 idiots(aamir), $20 million- mnik(srk).

  • @nilesh ok agreed, producers give inflated figures. But do you have any proof that boi gives exact figures? If the tendency of producers is to give inflated figures, then same way distributors have the tendency of giving deflated figures. And we all know boi gives distributors figures, so their data is always less which is also not correct. So boi figures are equally wrong if producers figures are wrong.

  • Potential milestones
    Krrish3: 250cr
    Dhoom3: 275cr
    P.K: 300cr

    Mental; Kick; HNY; Bharjatya-Salman’s next… have chances to cross 200-225cr but not to be milestones.
    Don3 if it comes won’t be even able to cross 200cr cuz of lack of entertainement!

  • don3 if release broadly worldwide like any other hollywood movie then m sure it will be a milestone fpr bollywood in terms of BO….
    Don2 was the only hindi movie that can be compared with hollywood biggies

  • @waldud your sk is d cheapest actor in btown, only get success by proxying tamil films,shame on d oder hand hr is the best and k3 will surely break every possible records

  • CE 225cr record will soon become a part of history the way the Film Biz has increased any Masala Film can break it, even without getting a good wod of mouth pulicity…

  • i would like that every one read the below comments, its lengthy but have a look
    some unnecessary arguments which made me suprise to haters mentality even sometime i m also one of them

    1. Big b is not a Big or better actor than Khans and Dilip Kumar.
    a person who taken the tag from the first superstar of Bollywood Rajesh Khanna, who is maser of Romance and tragedy movies at that time, a person who completely chaged the taste of audience with super action packed entertainers with movies like Zanzeer,Deewar,trishul with romantic flicks like Kabhi-kabhie,Silsila (a flop but still a classic), complete entertainer like, Amar Akbar Anthony,Don,Sholay,Sharaabi etc, a actor who is fav of critics and public simultaneously.
    One mand indutry since 1975 to 1991, a man industry at his era if any body have doubt just see the list of Top Actors on Boi.once Jeetendra called in an interviwe Amitabh Bachchan is no. 1 to no. 10 in top actors of his era. A person who started to take a path on TV industry with Historical KBC still ruling the chart, some Salman fans & other saying Salman is best host (even i m also a big fan of Salman) but bigg boss he is not only a celebrity, there we have seen Nau-tanki of other non-famouse or little famous celebrity too, while in KBC a quiz show more than a Entertainer with aam janta taking part and only there is one BIG B who made this show such a successful and made complete family entertainer show, a person who was called Star of the Millanium by Non-India publication BBC in the time of 1999 when we people wasn’t aware about polls,internet but he got the highest nos of vote not from India but whole over the world. so nos of reason to call him Biggest star of Indian Cinema that in the age of 70’s he is still at his best.
    some fools called the media hype Amitabh to make him superstar, those idiots wasn’t aware that big b & Media were having opposite path, and big b banned media to publish any article regarding him and media did the same fr almost 15 year there were no articles on Big b, intervies etc ofBig b in any media, so how can Media made Big B superstar, these are the public who made him star of the Millanium not Media.
    and its righly said by him and also suits him
    rishte me to hum sabke Baap hote h, naam hain Shehenshah…….Jahan hum khade hote hai Line wohi se shuru hoti h. Most versatile and perfect actor of all time is Big B.

    2. Khan’s is better than Big B & Dilip Kumar, unjustice to compare any actor with Big B & dilip Kumar, for big b written already too much, Dilip Kumar is the Finest actor of all time though he ruled bollywood in 1960’s along with Raj Kapoor, Dev Anand movies of all of them were having Big Mullah at Box office but its Dilip Kumar great acting which providing him edge than the rest of two, An actor who is perfect in all zoner and best in Tragedy movies. Unmatchable Dilip Kumar

    3. Now comes three Khans nodoubt they combinely ruling the Bollywood since 20+ years, and i m big fan of Salman & Aamir, but Srk is the most consistent thoughout his whole career but still none of them can be called as One man Industry, we are usually called that Khans dominated the Industry not srk or salman or Aamir alone.
    -Aamir having the most memorable movies in his Kitty sice his first hit QSQT to Talash we have seen many different zoner of movies he worked in and having greats like JJWS, Rangeela,Raja Hindustani,Sarfarosh,Lagaan,Rdb,TZP,3 Idiots & Ghajini and others. creater of 100 cr,200cr domestic & 300cr worldwide grosser, superemly talented & one of the Finest & versatile actor of Bollywood.

    -Salman, till now only one actor whose first movie is ATBB & having 2 Atbb in 6 years of his career
    an actor whose fan following were never been questioned even his bad time, string of flops and court cases time, one actor who is not been a great actor like Big B, Dilip,Srk & Aamir but still not less than any of them when comes to popularity.a actor who is mostly remain Salman in the movie not a character which he plays but still so loveable & great entertainer

    -srk one of the best success story & whatever he is achieved in Bollywood is calling a dream comes true for any common man, a person not having a single contact in bollywood, a successful actor since his first film, undisputed king in overseas or we can called Pioneer of Indian Cinema in Overseas, some may argue even i m in one of them that he has movies with big banners foreing suited story etc, etc but still one common factor in all of them and that is srk, from negative character like baazigar,darr to superbly romantic actor of all his romantic movies like DDLJ,DTPH,KKHH,Veer Zaara and others And having classics like CDI & swades. people called that media made srk the king, yaa media given title to srk that he is king but that media also give a name to Aamir that is perfectionist but these are common people like us who made them big as the are

    and Hritik,Ajay & Akshay are also great though they not having fan following like all of these have but still having so strong fan base that they are also ruling with them in the industry
    so salute to all of them and we people too who made them superstars.

  • – sholay is the multistarrer but still since 1975 to 1994 no movie other than HAHK able to achieve 15 cr+, arguably the best move of Indian cinema ever produce, who entertain like never befroe and still in heart more than any movie, a movie whci each character andd their dialogues are remaining in the heart and mouth of the audience even after 38 years of its release, a super story combinely with superlative performance by all of the characters and superb direction made this movies one of the best of Bollywood ever produced.

    – people or can called Aamir haters are saying 3 Idiots is not only Aamir’s success it is multistarrer in whcih sharman joshi & R Madhwan, Omi and Boman Irani given best and better performance than Aamir, a movie whcih only success due to Raju Hirani & content and others unnecessary argues too, i want to ask all of them that how many of you watched sharman joshi or madhvan movies in theatre when they were solo hero in their movies. haters 3 Idiots will always remembered as Aamir’s movie whether you agree or not because in Indian Cinema success is mostly contributed to Lead Actors whether its Big B, Salman,srk, Aamir or any other actor. and i m also saying that 3 Idiots were successful due to excellence in each department of a movie and its a combine effort of all of them who contributed in 3I.

    Moral is that if we dislike someone then we giving so many excuses to bring down the success of theirs rather them to complement their success, we should appreciated their efforts because its not so easy to make a good film and please the audience and maintaing superstardom for long time, tell me how any of us having 1,2,3,5,10 or 50,100 fans in ours respective real life. i think maximum of us not having a single fan of us. so looks at their effort they given their soul and life to maintain that. so salute atleast for this to all of them.

  • @sachin11

    At your first comment.
    Truly we have 7 memorable iconic movies that will be remembered for decades to come but sadly or gladly (depending on whose camp you are in) 1 film ie chennai depress -it will be wiped away from the record books just like it has already been erased from the audiences ‘fickle’ memory…!

  • All Great,memorable,classic and path breaking movies in the above list except one ( CE ) movie.
    CE is a pathetic and nothing like a movie at all,its is a sorry 4 the Bollyword and indian cinema
    i think K3,D3,Mental but surly kick 250 will break all the record

  • 1943 Kismet 6 years Bombay Talkies INR1,00,00,000
    1949 Barsaat 2 years R. K. Films INR1,10,00,000
    1951 Awaara 1-year R.K. Films INR1,25,00,000
    1952 Aan 3 years Mehboob Khan INR1,50,00,000
    1955 Shree 420 2 years R.K. Films INR2,00,00,000
    1957 Mother India 3 years Mehboob Khan INR4,00,00,000
    1960 Mughal-e-Azam 15 years Sterling Investment INR5,50,00,000
    1975 Sholay 19 years G. P. Sippy INR15,00,00,000
    1994 Hum Aapke Hain Koun..! 7 years Rajshri Productions INR69,75,00,000
    2001 Gadar: Ek Prem Katha 5 years Zee Telefilms INR75,50,00,000
    2006 Dhoom 2 2 years Yash Raj Films INR80,25,00,000
    2008 Ghajini 1-year Reliance E G Arts INR114,67,00,000
    2009 3 Idiots 4-year Vinod Chopra Productions INR202,57,00,000
    2013 Chennai Express Current holder Red Chillies Entertainment INR226,70,90,000

  • so plz movie like *225 crore – Chennai Express (2013) in this list its same of the indinan movie amd bolly industry chi….chi….
    sorry 4 srk s fans but CE is not up to the mark

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