Top 5 Actors 2012: Box Office Report Card

(By Archit Mishra)

In our country, actors are not just stars but they are literally worshipped by their fans. With 2012 coming to an end, it’s time to review which superstar reigned supreme at the ticket window and who remained comparatively dormant. This discussion / comparison also becomes more interesting as the year gone by is amongst those rare times when all the superstars arrived with full force simultaneously.

NOTE: This write up takes into account only the box office performance of superstars in 2012.

Top Actors of 2012

Top Actors of 2012

1. Salman Khan: The superhero of bollywood “SAL-Man” remains way ahead of the rest this year as well. He continued his winning streak in 2012 and completed his fifth successive blockbuster. While Tiger Khan’s Eid-Independence Day release Ek Tha Tiger (BLOCKBUSTER) arose as the Biggest Holiday Opener and went on to collect 186 cr (official figure 199 crore), Chulbul Pandey’s Dabangg 2 (BLOCKBUSTER) just before Christmas turned out to be Biggest non-holiday opener and is expected to end with Rs 150 crores. Now collections of Khan’s films are not just seen as a record but benchmark by trade pundits and his Ek Tha Tiger went closest to the 3 Idiots mammoth tally of 202cr in the recent past. Salman Khan has unquestionably reached the peak in his 23 year long career and 2012 consolidated his top position at box office a notch further.

2. Akshay Kumar: “AKSHUN Kumar” is back with a bang. Khiladi Bhaiyaa relived the splendid success of 2007 again in 2012 and became the first actor ever to have crossed the 400cr landmark within the same year. While Housefull 2 (SUPER HIT) became his ticket to the 100cr elite club by netting 113 cr, Rowdy Rathore (BLOCKBUSTER) gave Akki the biggest hit of his career. Rowdy Rathore emerged as the Biggest Non-Holiday Opener (No points for guessing, Dabangg 2 broke this record later in the year) and closed its lifetime collections at 132 cr. The remarkable OMG! Oh My God (SUPER HIT) with over 82 cr business was the cherry on the cake as it managed to win accolades with classes and hearts of the masses at the same time for Akki. The best part for Akshay Kumar was the terrific word of mouth and universal acceptance by the audience that all the above mentioned films garnered without any holiday weekends, something which has become very rare in today’s scenario of multiplex culture and big openings. Khiladi 786 (AVERAGE) couldn’t transform into a super explosive cracker at the ticket window, but it wasn’t a completely fizzle either with decent collections of Rs 63 crore. The only let down this year for Akshay was Joker (DISASTER) which was a complete washout at box office and could not even cross 22 crore.

3. Hrithik Roshan: At No.3 is the sexiest Asian man in the world. After successfully trying his hand with something as niche as Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara, Hrithik came back with a hardcore action affair, Agneepath (SUPER HIT), in 2012. Though Hrithik came very close to 100cr with ZNMD last year, it was Agneepath which marked his entry into the elite by managing over 120 cr collections. The film’s strong opening on Republic Day once again substantiated this superstar’s reach amongst the mass audience. His portrayal of the central character Vijay was applauded by one and all.

4. Ranbir Kapoor: The “ROCKSTAR Kapoor” is running a one horse race as far as competition between next gen stars is concerned and in 2012 he demonstrated this yet again. Masala films being the flavor of the season, any superstar will think twice before signing a film as niche as Barfi! (SUPER HIT). Ranbir not only did the film, he lived the central character of Barfi to perfection. He has taken a big leap at the box office since his last release Rockstar which was SEMI HIT in 2011. Barfi netted 106 cr (official figure 120 crore) at the domestic box office and made RK cross the threshold of 100 cr for the first time in his career.

5. Shahrukh Khan: 2012 will also be remembered for another special reason. Subsequent to attempts in sci-fi (Ra-One) and action thriller (Don 2), the ‘global superstar’ returned to doing what he does best, Romance. Jab Tak Hai Jaan (HIT) was a legendary combination of SRK-Yash Chopra-A R Rehman-Gulzar but Shahrukh was always the trump card. Although the film was a clear cut winner at the box office, just edging past 101cr (official figure 120 crore), its collections were adversely hit by the epic Diwali clash with Son of Sardar thereby resulting in a loss of atleast 15-20% business. Had this clash been averted, Shahrukh would have easily managed a position in the Top 3.

The two actors who follow at 6th and 7th spots are Ajay Devgn [Bol Bachchan-100cr (HIT) / Son of Sardar-88cr (HIT) / Tezz-15cr (DISASTER)] and Aamir Khan [Talaash-90cr (SEMI HIT)].

2012 vs 2011: Comparative Analysis

In this section we will evaluate the change in ranks in 2012 of top superstars as compared to 2011. Please note that this is not a parameter to judge starpower between different actors but an indication of an actor’s competition with himself in two different calendar years.

Before we begin our analysis, let us recall the Top Actor Ranks of 2011:

  • 1. Salman Khan (Bodyguard-141 cr/Ready-121cr)
  • 2. Shahrukh Khan (Ra 1-115cr / Don2-105cr)
  • 3. Hrithik Roshan (Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara – 90cr)
  • 4. Ajay Devgn (Singham – 99cr / Rascals – 32cr / Dil to Bachcha Hai Ji – 30cr)
  • 5. Ranbir Kapoor (Rockstar – 70cr)
  • 6. Akshay Kumar (Desi Boyz – 47cr / Thank You – 46cr / Patiala House – 33cr)
  • 7. Aamir Khan – No release.

Top Actor Rank 2012

Actors2011 - Box Office RANK2012 - Box Office RANKGain/Loss in Rank
Akshay Kumar6th2nd+4
Ranbir Kapoor5th4th+1
Salman Khan1st1stNo Change
Hrithik Roshan3rd3rdNo Change
Ajay Devgn4th6th-2
Shahrukh Khan2nd5th-3
Aamir KhanNo release7thNew Entrant

In the table shown above, we’ve captured ranks in 2011 and 2012 with Change in Ranks (Gain / Loss). While Akshay has shown the best performance change as he moved up 4 places from rank 6 to rank 2, Salman and Hrithik have firmly held their 1st and 3rd spots respectively, there by resulting in no change in their ranks. Contrary to Ranbir moving up by 1 rank, Shahrukh and Ajay have slipped down by 3 and 2 spots respectively. Aamir is a new entrant as he had no release last year.

Please share your comments/feedback about this article. Stay tuned to this space for other interesting reports about 2012 box office.

Article by Archit Mishra (follow him on twitter @architmishra_06)



  • @jitendra nigam. so u think that salman’s record breaking and people-loving blockbusters are degrading bollywood and srk’s rejected craps like ra.1, don 2 & jhth have taken the quality of bollywood to the greatest of heights? i say it is the case of SOUR GRAPES with you, jo nahi miltha woh kat te hai.
    take a look at this:
    Unofficial Remakes Of Shahrukh khan :

    1. Baadshah = Nick Of Time, The Mask, Rush Hour, Mr. Nice Guy
    2. Bazigar(Sharukh Khan)=A kiss before dying(1991; starring Sean Young).
    3. chak de india = mighty ducks, miracle on ice(1981)
    4. mohabbatein – absolution, Dead Poets Society 1989
    5. MAIN HOON NA = NEVER BEEN KISSED* , Toy Soldiers (1991 film), Hiding Out (1987), fight back to school(1991) Main ho na fighting sequence from scorpion versus johnny(cage)
    6. CHALTE CHALTE = FORGET PARIS*, fo ols rush in(1997)
    8. KUCH KUCH HOTA HAI = SLEEPLESS IN SEATTLE, grease(1st half clg stuf) & sleepless in SEATTLE (2nd half)
    9. Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna = Closer, Divorce American Style (1967), Brief Encounter (1945),
    10. Chamatkar 1992 = Blackbeard’s Ghost 1968
    11. dil to pagal hai = annie hall(1997), 42nd Street (film)
    12. josh = west side story(1961)
    13. kal ho na ho = my life without me(2003)
    14. swades = chigurida kanasu(2003, kannada)
    15. yes boss = for love or money(1993)
    16. Heyy Babyy 2007 = Three Men and a Baby 1987
    17. I See You 2006 = Just Like Heaven 2005
    18. MNIK = ADAM Released 2009, Remake of Rain Man (1988), Forest Gump (1994).
    19. OSO = Remake of Madhumati and Karz
    20. DDLJ = The Sure Thing (1985), The scene where Himani Shivpuri is purchasing a saree and Shahrukh helps her decide from the window is copied from Witness for the Prosecution (1957).
    21. Dulha Mil Gaya = Remake of My Fair Lady (1964), Dulhan Wahi Jo Piya Man Bhaye (1977), Naseeb Apna Apna (1986)
    22. Duplicate = Remake of The Whole Town’s Talking (1935) and Desperado (1995 — Gunfight in bar, is exactly the same).
    23. Hum Tumhare Hain Sanam = Remake of K.S. Adiyaman’s Tamil hit Thotta Chinungi (1995).
    24. Koyla (1997) = Remake of Revenge (1990)
    25. Krazzy 4 = Remake of The Dream Team (1989).
    26. One 2 Ka 4 = Remake of One Good Cop (1991).
    27. Raam-Jaane = Remake of Angels With Dirty Faces (1938).
    28. Paheli = Nagamandala (Kannada) 1997.
    29. BHOOTHNATH = The Canterville Ghost 1944
    30. Sathiya = Alaipayuthey (2000)
    31. SHAKTI = Telugu film “Antahpuram” 1999.
    32. PHIR BHI DIL HAI HINDUSTANI = the front page 1974, broadcast news 1987.
    33. DARR = cape fear 1991.
    34. Ra.One = Iron Man, Robots, X-Men, The Dark Knight

    Official Remakes :
    1. Devdas
    2. Don
    3. Billu barber

  • @abu : it’s ok dude.Let him bark. But u don’t talk abusive plz.We salman fans have a standard, so maintain it.

  • @kabir: Intelligence does not
    seem to be your strenght. Personally
    I think this will be my last
    comment to u cos, It’s just a
    waste of time even responding 2

  • @star : u looser fans of looser srk can’t understand it.For u guys, standard is nothing.Go and watch JTHJ,Ra-one and don-2.

  • @abu, i don’t want to talk to u gawar.

    @NVS, i have watched them . Now its ur turn.Go and watch Dabangg, ready, BG , ETT and D2 and after watching them, consult a doctor, bcoz u will need a serious mental chekup after that :)

  • @star : what’s ur problem yaar.Why do u hate salman and wat do u think — dabangg,ready,Bodyguard,ett and dabangg 2 are craps.go and wash ur face.

  • @NVS(duplicate aka a cheap shame’less srk fan) at 3.53 pm,4.04,4.11,4.18,4.21,4.24,4.27,4.37,4.43 p.m. arey o loser fan of srk, why are u creating fights between me,aki,abu & other salman fans. you dont even have the guts of an ant and tere comments se pata chalta hai ki tu kitna useless,shameless and worthless hai. teek se copy karna bi nahi aata isilye kehthe hai NAKAL MARNE KE LIYE BI AKAL CHAHIYE jo tujme hai he nahi. first of all no one really respects srk or his fans in india and agar srk fans aise hi karenge to everyone will simply spit on you, so please maintain your respect and dignity.

  • @nvs(duplicate) aka star. dude, do you think your dirty double-minded games will make people to like srk more? the more you abuse salman and his fans, the more srk will be hated. atleast ab se tere real name se comment kar if you have a brain and if you are a real srk fan.

  • @NVS, i hate salman and his ceap don’t mess with me, u idiot.go and watch mindless action of ur bndr salman.

  • @nvs (duplicate) aka star.Don’t make comments against me.u can point on different sallu fans but not on me.bcoz i am a fan of salman,ajay,aamir,, all the other actors fans support me.u idiot.

  • frnds..plz stop using my id.I beg to all of u.I am a true fan of tollywood and thats y i also like salman movies.So, its not my fault.plz.

  • here are three stupid fans, who are creating fights–star,aki and abu.
    So indicine,plz ban all these three morons.

  • the idiot fans of srk who are using my name are the frustrated,depressed, low life users unable to digest salman’s success and cant bear srk’s craps being rejected.
    @star. at any given time salman’s WORST MOVIE IS INFINITE TIMES BETTER THAN THE BEST MOVIE of srk. if you only like cheap nonsense movies then you are the perfect srk fan.

  • tu khi ka inspector hai jo muje ban karwayega.Mere baare me comment mat kiya kar, sa ale aaj k baad agar aisa kiya to anjam bura hoga.

  • @abu yaar some cheap badma ash srk fan is abusing you using the name NVS/NVSN. aki is a salman fan and star is a srk fan.

  • my cheap besha ram fans, i am retiring from bolllywood after 2 years, so koi to mujhe naukri dedo warna mei bika ri banjaunga

  • are m@ a ki c#ut aki aur star ki.par NVSN ne muje ban karwane ki baat kyu ki.Aur shahrukh, tu sa ale nikal yha se.teri movie to chal nhi rhi aajkal.

  • @star. ok let me be honest, dabaang 2 as a movie on a whole wasn’t convincing but the action were mind boggling, comedy was superb and it was more like a tv serial episode than a movie, but yes it was way way better than srk’s last 4 movies.

  • @star : if u r asking honestly, then u know very well that we salman fans are not escape away from the truth like u srk fans.Genuinely saying, D2 was not better than previous salman movies, nor i liked it.But talk abt collections, U can see, it collected 140 cr.Ab bolo.

  • NVSN..teri m@ a ki c#ut b#osdi k.tu kya owner hai is page ka, jo muje nikalne ko bol rha hai.Tu ja yha se.mai salman bhai ka fan hu aur yhi rehunga.teri terah nhi, aami,ajay aur akshay ka bhi.

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