Shahrukh Khan Box Office Analysis: Hits, Flops, Blockbusters

From a commoner in Delhi to one of the biggest superstars in the country, Shahrukh Khan is one of the biggest success stories in the industry today. Born in New Delhi on 2nd November 1965 and brought up in the coastal city of Mangalore for the first five years of his life, Shahrukh made his debut in the Hindi Film Industry about 2 decade ago with Deewana (1992), a film that won him his first Filmfare Award for Best Debut Male.

Later in the same year, Shahrukh featured in Raju Ban Gaya Gentleman, a film that remains close to his heart even today. The turning point in his career, however, came with two films in 1993 where he played characters with grey shades – Yash Chopra’s Darr and Abbas-Mustan’s Baazigar.

Shahrukh Khan - DDLJ to Chennai Express

Shahrukh Khan – DDLJ to Chennai Express

1995 though was a landmark year in his career. Two of the year’s biggest blockbusters, Rakesh Roshan’s Karan Arjun and Aditya Chopra’s Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge released and the latter went on to become one of the biggest blockbuster in the history of Indian cinema and firmly established Shahrukh as the biggest superstar in the country. DDLJ is still running at Maratha Mandir in Mumbai!

In the following few years, SRK gained iconic status with romantic films like Yash Chopra’s Dil Toh Pagal Hai, Subhash Ghai’s Pardes and Karan Johar’s Kuch Kuch Hota Hai which remains one of the biggest hits of his career.

Also Read: Shahrukh Khan’s Career Analysis 1992 – 2000

The beginning of the current century was probably the toughest of Shahrukh’s career with the media pitting him against Hrithik Roshan who made a spectacular debut in Kaho Naa Pyaar Hai. The two had a epic clash at the box office during Diwali in 2010 when Hrithik’s Mission Kashmir released on the same day as SRK’s Mohabbatein. While Mission Kashmir opened to a better response initially, it was Mohabbatein that eventually won the Diwali clash.

Also Read: Shahrukh Khan and the history of Diwali clashes

In the last decade or so, Shahrukh consolidated his status as one of the most bankable stars in the country with successful films like Devdas, Chalte Chalte, Kal Ho Na Ho, Main Hoon Na and Veer Zaara. The actor was unable to maintain his success streak when Swades and Paheli failed at the box office. Two rare failures were followed by 10 back-to-back successful films that started with Kabhi Alvida Na Kehna and continues with his latest blockbusters Chennai Express and Happy New Year.

Also Read: 10 hits in a row for Shahrukh Khan: Consistency Redefined

Its been a remarkable career for Shahrukh Khan, as good as any the industry has ever witnessed. More than 20 years since he made his debut, SRK remains one of the most loved actors the industry has ever produced.

Below we have detailed box office analysis of SRK’s career so far.

MovieRelease DateCollectionsVerdict
DeewanaJune 25 19927.75Hit
ChamatkarJuly 8 19922.75Flop
Dil Aashna HaiDecember 25 19921.25Flop
Raju Ban Gaya GentlemanNovember 13 19922.5Average
King UncleFebruary 5 19931.65Flop
Maya MemsaabJuly 2 19931.85Flop
BaazigarNovember 12 19937.75Hit
DarrDecember 24 199310.75Super Hit
Kabhi Haan Kabhi NaaFebruary 25 19943.5Hit
AnjaamApril 22 19943.25Flop
Karan ArjunJanuary 13 199532.15Blockbuster
GudduJanuary 31 19952.1Flop
Zamaana DeewanaJuly 28 19954.5Flop
Oh Darling! Yeh Hai India!August 11 19951.95Flop
Dilwale Dulhania Le JayengeOctober 20 199561All Time Blockbuster
Ram JaaneNovember 29 19959.5Above Average
TrimurtiDecember 22 199510.25Flop
English Babu Desi MemJanuary 26 19964.25Flop
ChaahatJune 6 19964.53Flop
ArmyJune 28 19967.25Average
KoylaApril 18 199712Below Average
Yes BossJuly 18 19979.5Above Average
PardesAugust 8 199718Hit
Dil To Pagal HaiOctober 31 199728Super Hit
DuplicateMay 8 19989.25Below Average
Dil Se..August 21 199810.25Flop
Kuch Kuch Hota HaiOctober 16 199845.25All Time Blockbuster
BaadshahAugust 27 199914Below Average
Phir Bhi Dil Hai HindustaniJanuary 21 200010.25Flop
JoshJune 9 200020Above Average
MohabbateinOctober 27 200033.25Super Hit
One 2 Ka 4March 30 20015.5Flop
AsokaOctober 26 20018.25Flop
Kabhi Khushi Kabhie GhamDecember 14 200147Blockbuster
Hum Tumhare Hain SanamMay 24 200213.75Above Average
DevdasJuly 12 200232.5Hit
Chalte ChalteJune 13 200316Hit
Kal Ho Naa HoNovember 27 200335Hit
Yeh Lamhe Judaai KeApril 9 20040.45Flop
Main Hoon NaApril 30 200433.5Hit
Veer ZaaraNovember 12 200440Super Hit
SwadesDecember 17 200415.25Flop
PaheliJune 24 200513Flop
Kabhi Alvida Naa KehnaAugust 11 200645.75Hit
Don: The Chase Begins AgainOctober 20 200651Hit
Chak De! IndiaAugust 10 200767.7Blockbuster
Om Shanti OmNovember 9 200779.5Blockbuster
Rab Ne Bana Di JodiDecember 12 200886.75Blockbuster
BilluFebruary 13 200923.65Flop
My Name Is KhanFebruary 12 201072.75Hit
Ra.OneOctober 26 2011125Hit
Don 2: The Chase ContinuesDecember 23 2011112Hit
Jab Tak Hai JaanNovember 12 2012121Hit
Chennai ExpressAugust 9 2013227All Time Blockbuster
Happy New YearOctober 24 2014204Super Hit
DilwaleDecember 18 2015149Semi Hit
FANApril 15 201685Flop
57 Movies24 Years2100 croreAverage: 36.84 crore per film
  • Disasters – 0
  • Flop – 19
  • Below Average – 3
  • Average – 2
  • Above Average – 4
  • Semi Hit – 0
  • Hits – 14
  • Super Hit – 4
  • Blockbusters – 5
  • All Time Blockbusters – 3
  • Success Ratio (Above average or better) – 55.5%

A few interesting points

  • Shahrukh is second only to Rajesh Khanna when it comes to back-to-back hits. He currently has 10 and could eventually beat Khanna’s 15 consecutive hits record.
  • At the time of this writing, SRK also has almost all the box office records under his name – Highest grosser in India, Highest worldwide grosser, Highest Opening Day / Weekend / Week – just to name a few.
  • In every overseas market, Shahrukh is by far the biggest superstar. Some of his older films like Kabhi Alvida Na Kehna are still in the Top 10.
  • Not a single Shahrukh Khan film has ever been declared as a box office disaster!
  • The total business generated by his films in India is Rs 1642.52 crore, only behind Salman Khan and Akshay Kumar.

Also read: Salman Khan’s Box Office Analysis

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397 Comments

  • Shahrukh Khan 54 Movies 1642.52 crore Average: 30.41 crore per film
    Success Ratio (Above average or better) – 55.5%

    Salman Khan 69 movies 1763.3 Average: 25.5 crore per film
    Success Ratio (Above average or better) – 45%

    Any sensible person can see and judge how is bigger and who is better. And also who is more versatile.

    • Apart from few movies he’s played the same Rahul/Raj role time and again which is just utter crap. Some of his movies are overrated to such an extent like as jpif they’re the best and most innovative movies ever made. What nonsense. Salman Khan has given more number of all time blockbusters to Bollywood. Most of his movies are dependent on him and not the heroine unlike SRK who’s heroine dependent (except for few movies).
      God knows what versatility are you talking abt. He’s seldom acted in sensible movies unlike Aamir Khan whose movies are superb

  • @beingsalluhater when ur brain fails to understand something then u start calling people stupid and idiot.U should enjoy this moment which Srk has given u after many years.Don’t put pressure on ur brain if u don’t understand any fact.Don’t use it.When ur star not uses his brain in his movies then why r u using it ? lol

  • Thank God “Billu” is added here as a Srk movie bcoz it was not added in the article “10 hits in a row for Shahrukh” which totally contradicts the article headline if it would have been added there.So Srk don’t have 10 hits in a row bcoz “Billu” is a Srk starrer movie.

  • @aki akshy needed 102 films to cross 2000 cr and salman needed 70 film to cross 1700 cr.srk movies collected 1690 cr (still counting) by only 55 films.so he will cross 2000 cr mark after 57 films.now say who is bigger. huh

  • @dark boy u dont care about hits and flops coz ur aamir gave only 9 hits in his 25 yrs career.even rajesh khanna gave 15 hits in only 7 yrs.this is called the real superster.
    srk-25 hits (above hit to atbb) aamir-9 hits.this is only domestic.in overseas srk has……….. ha ha ha.

  • @sachin11 in domestic srk has 8 bb including atbb.salman has 9 bb including atbb.in overseas srk has 17 bb and sallu has only 2.in domestic its neck to neck and in overseas its neck to leg.lol

  • @dinda11
    aamir has only 3 bb, salman has 9, srk has 8 in india….and i wont troll u by putting overseas no.
    my brain works well enough to stay away 4m salman movies and to give amir as much credit as he deserves, the rest that u claim are stolen 4m directors & co-stars. for example- he will take all the credit 4m a brand created by john & hrithik.

  • Lagaan is the greatest film of Indian cinema as announced by history tv channel and shahrukh’s close friend karan johar what srk fans still think that srk is still versatile. Ha ha wat a joke! And they ridicule there brains by making some foolish comments.
    Lagaan is the greatest film.
    Aamir khan is the greatest actor,producer.
    STOP! And OVER!

  • Some of the Highlights of this Article:
    • Shahrukh Khan is one of the biggest success stories in the industry today.
    • DDLJ is still running at Maratha Mandir in Mumbai!
    • Its been a remarkable career for Shahrukh Khan, as good as any the industry has ever witnessed. More than 20 years since he made his debut, SRK remains one of the most loved actors the industry has ever produced.
    • In every overseas market, Shahrukh is by far the biggest superstar.
    • Not a single Shahrukh Khan film has ever been declared as a box office disaster!
    • Shahrukh is second only to Rajesh Khanna when it comes to back-to-back hits. He currently has 10 and could eventually beat Khanna’s 15 consecutive hits record.

    But haters still shamelessly commenting bad about him. Such characterless guys u are.

    And for haters my just one question:

    DDLJ is still running at Maratha Mandir in Mumbai! Is Salman & So called Perfectionist have this kind of example in their record? Haters r crying about 5 back to back blockbuster but they forget dozen of back to back flops. Haters are crying about 3 Idiots which people dont want to watch in cinema halls now but people still want to watch DDLJ in cinema hall.

    Sick haters cry cry cry. KING will rule in whatever case. Just like CE

  • @hnyrocks yah the whole world knows srk is the biggest superstar in bollywood.but dont convince it to mentally unstable person like nvs sachin11 navin niks r20.bollywood has 3 all time megaster.
    1.dilip kumar-emperor
    2.amitabh bacchan-shahenshah
    3.shahrukh khan-badshah.
    if u wnt to say abt 4th.its our bhaijaan-remakeshah.

  • @darkboy rises aamir is the greatest actor.joke of the millenium.he is not even 10% of amit ji and dilip kumar sahab.srk’s bazigar,devdas,swades.cdi.mnik,ddlj are enough to prove himself a versatile actor and better than overrated aamir.aamir khan is ordinary actor in some extraordinary films.as a producer srk is much bigger than aamir.

    • If Aamir Khan were to be such an ordinary actor then he would never have given hits rather bbs like 3 idiots, tzp, rang de basanti, raja hindustani, QSQT, dangal, PK, Dil chahta hai. He’s truly a versatile actor and also jjws and andaz apna apna a cult classic. You say he’s overrated? What nonsense

  • @dhaka express bangladesh doesn’t have a film industry concentrate on your country first rather than comenting on our Indian actors

  • Top ten best srk movies in terms of acting
    1. Chakhde
    2. Swades
    3. Bazigar
    4. Daar
    5. MNIK
    6. DDLJ
    7. KHKN
    8. Devdas
    9. Don2
    10. Khnh
    Wowwwww what list. No actor in history will have this kind of list

    No body come close to this man for consistency and varieties of roles.

    • I guess you haven’t seen Vikram of Tamil film industry. None of his movies are overrated. True acting skills are shown by him. There are many Bollywood actors who are streets ahead of him in terms of acting

  • @Noam: r u out of ur mind…. to answer ur points on 3i.
    1) elder people removing pants…… dude if u didnt understood the scene, u r a 5 year old kid… there was a sense behind it.
    2) some vulgar cheap speech….. again that was done by keepng in mind that the person saying it dsnt knw the meaning of those wrds n in college life that was not near also for being cheap, i thnk u havent learned uptill college :D
    3) i would like to know more what made u say ill defined medical education?
    4) conduct a delivery by vaccum…. i bet u r a small kid o blind fan of srk, goggle utar duniya dekh bhai, deliveries are done through vaccum outside India and also have been performed here so better dont say rubbish without knowing
    5) chetan bhagat is not worthy to be given credit :D dude it was d actors who made it lovable
    6) smooch of actors… now this will make u n ur srk fall on ur face… ur srk who used to puke all around the world that he wont kiss onscreen, what d hell did he do in Jab tak hai jaan, that was fine for u!!!!!!! n y did u forget maya memsaab , the cheapest amongst all…

    See, m nt a hater of srk, but if u will blame a classic movie on rubbish arguments den m sorry boss u r pathetic…

  • @ Indicine: No doubt SRK is big star, but if you are including yeh lamhe judai ke with 0.45 crores collection in the list, then isn’t it a disaster?

  • Congrats to Srk for chennai express’ success. As a sallu fan I can unashamedly say its well deserved. Let the war end here.

    @beingsallu you funny but @sachin11 you are hilarious

  • Poor haters didn’t understand the myth of Box-office and arguing senselessly. Film verdict depends on cost of the movie and the hype of the movie. Yuvraj, Marigold & Main Aur Mrs Khana were big movies, specially Yuvraj was a huge movie. But at the box-office those movies were rejected big time. So understand the criteria then argu my advice for u. Cheers

  • @sht yes you are right overacting is consistent part of srk’s acting. He has raised his arms in the every film you have mentioned above with overacting.rofl..

  • Chennai Express is another Blockbuster of SRK in India, 17th in Overseas :
    With Chennai Express emerging ALL TIME BLOCKBUSTER in Both India and Overseas, SRK became the only actor to have 25 Blockbusters (India Overseas) in Bollywood.

    Here is the List of SRK’s Blockbusters in India:

    1) Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge – ALL TIME BLOCKBUSTER.
    2) Karan Arjun – BLOCKBUSTER
    3) Kuch Kuch Hota Hai – ALL TIME BLOCKBUSTER
    4) Kabhi Kushi Kabhi Ghum – BLOCKBUSTER
    5) Chak De India – BLOCKBUSTER
    6) Om Shanti Om – BLOCKBUSTER
    7) Rab Ne Banadi Jodi – BLOCKBUSTER
    8) Chennai Express – ALL TIME BLOCKBUSTER

    While Overseas Blockbusters list is bit lengthy. Roughly if we want to know SRK Craze in Overseas, In Bollywood there are total 25 films which emerged Blockbuster/ ATBB in Overseas out of which 17 are SRK Starers. Shah Rukh Khan’s 25 Blockbusters (India / Overseas) record is not only tough but looks like an Impossible task for any other actor exist in this generation. Truly an EPIC !!!

    Note: Super Hits/Hits are not considered as BLOCKBUSTERS.

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