Top Bollywood Actors in India: 2015

The first list of Top Actors of 2015 is finally here. Who are the biggest gainers? Which actor has dropped down the list? Let’s find out!

We have decided to make our ranking system the most comprehensive in the industry. We will be analysing the box office collections of the Top 15 actors. The ranking system will also be divided into three; Top Actor in India, Overseas and Worldwide. The list below is for the Top 15 Actors in India i.e the domestic market only.

  • The list would be based on the net box office collections of an actor’s last five movies. For younger actors, the minimum number of films is 3.
  • Only lead roles would be considered. Cameos, special appearances and guest appearances won’t be taken under consideration. Non-commercial and art films like ‘Dhobi Ghat’ have also not been considered.
  • Dated movies that released before 2007 have not been considered.
  • Only domestic box office collections is being taken into account. Collections from all regional versions have been taken into considering as this list is for the top actors in India and regional language releases affect Hindi business in their respective states. For example, Tamil version will affect business of Hindi version in Tamilnadu / Kerala circuit.

Top Actors In Bollywood 2015

Aamir Khan Actor

Rank 1 Aamir Khan: With Rajkumar Hirani’s PK expected to collect around Rs 340 crore, the last 5 movies of Aamir Khan have now collected a record-breaking Rs 1,036 crore. To put that into perspective, the collections of Aamir’s last 5 movies is almost the same as the combined business of Hrithik and Akshay’s last 5 films! As things stand today, Aamir is way ahead of Salman and SRK too. The average collections of each Aamir Khan film is Rs 207 crore!

  • PK – 340 cr
  • Dhoom 3 - 285 cr
  • Talaash - 93 cr
  • 3 Idiots - 202 cr
  • Ghajini - 116 cr
  • Next film – Not signed
  • Total - 1036 cr (Average per film: 207.2 cr)

Salman Khan Actor

Rank 2. Salman Khan has dropped down the list for the first time in the last 4 years. He does more films than Aamir and his mediocre films go on to be hugely successful at the box office. Salman has two big releases this year and both are festive releases. Bajrangi Bhaijaan releases during Eid and Prem Ratan Dhan Payo will release during Diwali. If Salman has to beat Aamir with his Eid release, then Bajrangi Bhaijaan has to collect Rs 338 crore at the box office. Ironically, the last time a Salman Khan – Kabir Khan film released, they fell short of the highest grosser of all time (3 Idiots) by just 3 crore! If they achieve the same result again, Salman will top. Improbable but not impossible!

  • Kick - 233 cr
  • Jai Ho - 112 cr
  • Dabangg 2 - 154 cr
  • Ek Tha Tiger - 199 cr
  • Bodyguard - 145 cr
  • Next film – Bhajrangi Bhaijaan
  • Total - 843 crore (Average per film: 168.6 cr)

Shahrukh Khan Actor

Rank 3. Shahrukh Khan has dropped down to No 3 in the domestic markets, as his latest release ‘Happy New Year’ couldn’t match the collections of Chennai Express or Kick. While Fan is unlikely to be a record-breaking grosser due to its release date, SRK’s rumoured film with Rohit Shetty during Christmas could shatter records.

  • Happy New Year – 204 cr
  • Chennai Express - 227 crore
  • Jab Tak Hai Jaan - 121 cr
  • Don 2 - 112 cr
  • Ra. One - 125 cr
  • Next film – Fan
  • Total - 789 crore (Average per film: 157.8 cr)

Akshay Kumar Actor

Rank 4. The release of Bang Bang temporarily took Hrithik ahead of SRK at the domestic box office, but before Bang Bang finished its run, Happy New Year had already released in theatres. Hrithik’s average of 134 cr is fantastic, comparable to the Khans even though he doesn’t always get to release his films during Eid, Diwali or Christmas. To elaborate a little more on this, out of the last 5 films, all SRK films have released during one of the three festivals, except Jai Ho all Salman films have released during the three most lucrative periods in the industry and Aamir Khan too has preferred to release his films during Christmas (all except Talaash). Hrithik got just one Diwali release for Krrish 3 and made the most of it. He will be missing from action in 2015, as his next release is Ashutosh Gowariker’s Mohenjodaro (Jan 2016).

  • Bang Bang – 181 cr
  • Krrish 3 - 244 cr
  • Agneepath - 122 cr
  • Zindagi Naa Milegi Dobara - 93 cr
  • Guzaarish - 32 cr
  • Next film – Mohenjo Daro
  • Total - 672 cr (Average per film: 134.4 cr)

Ranbir Kapoor Actor

Rank 5: Ranbir Kapoor – Besharam was expected to take a good start at the box office and it did, what with the film collecting close to Rs 20 crore on its opening day. But the response was so bad that the film ended with lifetime business of less than 60 crore. It was arguably the worst received biggie of 2013, as even a film like Himmatwala held up better over the weekend.

  • Besharam - 57 cr
  • Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani - 188 cr
  • Barfi! - 106 cr
  • Rockstar - 70 cr
  • Anjaana Anjaani - 41 cr
  • Next film – ROY
  • Total - 462 cr (Average per film: 92.4 cr)

Rank 6: Action Jackson has failed at the box office, which has hurt Ajay’s standing in the industry and also raised the dreaded question once again – Can Ajay deliver a big grosser without Rohit Shetty? The question is asked for a reason – outside a film directed by Rohit Shetty, Ajay’s average for the last 5 films drops from Rs 80.8 cr per film to Rs 56 crore per film. The actor will be missing from action this year as he begins work on his second directorial venture – Shivaay.

  • Action Jackson (57 cr)
  • Singham Returns (140 cr)
  • Satyagraha (58 cr)
  • Himmatwala (46 cr)
  • Son of Sardaar (103 cr)
  • Next film – Shivaay
  • Total: 404 cr (Average per film: 80.8 cr)

Rank 7 Akshay Kumar: With films like Baby, Gabbar and Brothers, Akshay has a strong line-up of films. If all three films do well, he could even challenge Ranbir Kapoor for a place in the Top 5.

  • Entertainment – 72 cr
  • Holiday: A Solider Is Never Off Duty – 113 cr
  • Boss – 54 cr
  • Once Upon Ay Time In Mumbaai Dobaara – 61 cr
  • Special 26 – 69 cr
  • Next film – Baby
  • Total Collections: 369 cr (Average per film: 73.8 cr)

Rank 8 Sidharth Malhotra: Quickly emerging as one of the most popular stars in the country, Sidharth Malhotra commands a huge following on social media websites like Twitter and Facebook. His last release, Ek Villain, was a huge success at the box office. He deserves credit even though the presence of Mohit Suri as director, Ritiesh Deshmukh and chartbuster music helped big time.

  • Ek Villain - 103 cr
  • Hasee Toh Phasee - 35 cr
  • Student Of The Year - 70 cr
  • Next film – Brothers
  • Total Collections – 208 cr (Average per film: 69.3 cr)

Rank 9 Varun Dhawan: Varun has featured in 3 films so far in his career and all have done well at the box office. His upcoming release ‘Badlapur’ will be a test for sure!

  • Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania – 77 cr
  • Main Tera Hero - 54 cr
  • Student Of The Year - 70 cr
  • Next film – Badlapur
  • Total Collections – 201 cr (Average per film: 67 cr)

Rank 10 John Abraham: John is no longer a solo star. Multi-starrers like Race 2 and Housefull 2 are his biggest grossers. In an ensemble star cast like the upcoming Welcome Back, he is still a force to be reckoned with. He has replaces Akshay in ‘Hera Pheri 3’.

  • Madras Café - 45 cr
  • Shootout at Wadala - 62 cr
  • I, Me aur Main - 9 cr
  • Race 2 - 102 cr
  • Housefull 2 - 114 cr
  • Next film – Welcome Back
  • Total Collections – 332 cr (Average per film: 66.4 cr)

Rank 11 Saif Ali Khan: Happy Ending was one of the biggest disasters of 2014 and the failure of a film that was expected to recreate the magic of ‘Cocktail’, has meant that Saif is currently going through the worst phase of his career. He awaits the release of Phantom later this year.

  • Happy Ending – 22 cr
  • Humshakals - 63 cr
  • Bullet Raja- 36 cr
  • Race 2 - 102 cr
  • Cocktail - 78 cr
  • Next film - Phantom
  • Total - 301 cr (Average per film: 60.2 cr)

Rank 12 Ranveer Singh: Even though Kill Dil failed at the box office, Ranveer Singh has gained one spot in the list. He is currently ranked No 12, but has two of the most promising films of 2015 in Zoya Akhtar’s Dil Dhadakne Do and Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Bajirao Mastani.

  • Kill Dil – 32 cr
  • Gunday – 78 cr
  • Ram Leela - 115 cr
  • Lootera - 31 cr
  • Ladies Vs Ricky Bahl - 38 cr
  • Forthcoming film - Dil Dhadakne Do
  • Total Collections – 294 cr (Average per film: 58.8 cr)

Rank 13 Arjun Kapoor: The poor performance of Tevar has resulted in Arjun Kapoor dropping one spot down the list to No 13. There are reports that he could sign a film with Yash Raj Films, but it remains to be seen what sort of impact the failure of Tevar has on his career.

  • Tevar – 40 cr (expected)
  • Finding Fanny – 36 cr
  • 2 States - 102 cr
  • Gunday - 78 cr
  • Aurangzeb - 23 cr
  • Forthcoming film - Not signed
  • Total Collections – 279 cr (Average per film: 55.8 cr)

Rank 14 Shahid Kapoor: The critical and commercial success of Haider has helped Shahid Kapoor go one spot up in the ranking. He sneaks ahead of Emraan Hashmi.

  • Haider – 58 cr
  • R.. Rajkumar - 65 cr
  • Phata Poster Nikhla Hero - 39 cr
  • Teri Meri Kahaani - 29 cr
  • Mausam - 33 cr
  • Forthcoming film - Shaandar
  • Total Collections – 224 cr (Average per film: 44.8 cr)

Rank 15 Emraan Hashmi: The disastrous performance of Raja Natwarlal and Ungli at the box office earlier this year has pushed Emraan to the bottom of the list. The gap between Emraan and Shahid has also considerably widened.

  • Ungli – 21 cr
  • Raja Natwarlal – 27 cr
  • Ghanchakkar - 39 cr
  • Ek Thi Daayan - 27 cr
  • Jannat 2 - 54 cr
  • Forthcoming film - Mr X
  • Total collections – 168 cr (Average per film: 33.6 cr)


  • SRK vs Aamir since 2010 [Domestic]

    2010 highest grosser MNIK [ SRK on top -> Aamir last – Dhobi ghat ]

    2011 Highest Grosser [ SRK on top -> Aamir last ]

    2012 2nd highest Grosser JTHJ [ SRK on top -> Aamir last ]

    2013 Highest grosser D3 [ Aamir on top -> SRK on top 2, 2nd highest Grosser – Ce]

    2014 Highest Grosser PK [Aamir on top -> SRK on top 2, 2nd Highest Grosser – Hny]

    Over all SRK topes 3 times , Aamir 2 times….. SRK lasts Zero times… Aamir last 3 times…
    Means SRK ->>>>>>>> Aamir… then how Aamir is top actor of 2015?

    in 2015 it will be SRK ->>>>>> Aamir again it does not matter if Aamir has no movie in 2015…

  • Has anyone in Indicine seen Baby or fan? if not why is everyone saying they are critically acclaimed films. Everyone is jumping to conclusion before seeing the films is it because the directors of those films delivered two or three good movies. If directors like subash j and mani ratnam can give us films like Yuvraaj and Ravan respectively why can’t Neeraj pandey and Manish. Remember RGV the guy delivered films like Satya and Company and after that except Sarkaj all his other movies have been complete dross.

  • OMG alot of lungi fans are comparing Aamir with Ritesh but they cry when I compare the versatile Shreyas Talpade with their King…. Why the double standards- Shreyas is as big a star as king is…

  • Hrithik deserves the 4th posn.,he will surely displace any Khan from the top 3 in coming years..

    Akki will overtake Ajay this year or even Ranbir,if Ranbir disappoints with one of the film.

  • Next year is bhaijaan’s.
    Salman has every chance of regaining the top spot with films like BB and PRDP.
    I feel either one of salman’s film next year should collect more than 300 crs in india.
    The most interesting contest is for the 5th spot –
    akki vs ranbir
    Baby vs Roy
    Gabbar vs BV
    Brothers vs jagga
    SIB vs Tamasha

  • SAROOK took 5 years to cross Ghajini’s 115 cr, he finally did that with help of Rohit Shetty, Eid and Deepika, but wat happened later??Aamir’s Dhoom:3 raped it so badly that CE was washed out both from People’s memory and Boxoffice and that Aamir’s D3 1st 500 cr movie. Aamir’s Worldwide. ROFL.Forget PK..10 janam lene parenge recrd todne k lye…
    Lagaan too was a universal hit !!! Talk about acting, quality, SAROOK is no match to legend AAMIR.

  • Charisma of salman srk is unmatchable but they are not serious as amir in choosing script and dates..jst imagine salman in dhoom 3 and srk in pk both movies easily go to hit 400 crrs

  • After the release of BB and PRDP, Salman will again come on top!!!

    PRDP 300cr
    BB 250cr
    Kick 233cr
    Jai Ho 112cr
    Dabangg 2 154cr
    Total 1049cr
    Avg 209.8cr

  • great work indicine I am sure next year akshay kumar will take 5 or 4 th spot in this list but for this he have to fight to ranbir and hrithik to take this spot.

    • @Arjun Kapoor Fan, we publish a 1500-word article with figures. Next minute you come here and post your baseless list of Top 15, and you expect us to publish that comment?

  • Ok @Indicine that list works for last 5 movies.But the best actor is not determined by 5 movies only.If the list is made on the all time hits and awards achieved by the actors then Aamir will not be found even in top 5 and so as Salman.
    This list is the top gainers not top actors in bollywood.Still Srk manage to be in the 3rd spot but if list is prepared as i above mentioned then Srk will lead the list and Aamir and Salman will not near to be found to Srk in the list

  • SRKian schedule for next few days – “Promote” FAN” everywhere,stuff IMDb,troll, spam,abuse BAJRANGI BHAI JAN team, bash SRK’s rivals, predict 900 cr.

  • Ranbir Kapoor is quicky emerging as a big crowd puller. Akki was in top 5 but because he makes 4 appearances every year, his fans arent always excited about his films. I mean, they are anticipating for Baby and soon he has more 3 films coming.

    He gets affected because of this. But Ranbir’s one year hiatus might help Roy quite effectively. But I doubt whether Bombay Velvet can live up to the expectations. Anurag is directing a big budget film for the first time. No doubt Jagga Jasoos and Tamasha are gonna open huge. Completely agree with Indicine. He has the best set of directors with him. Just look at the list:

    Anurag Kashyap, Anurag Basu, Imtiaz Ali, Rajkumar Hirani, Karan Johar. I see him ahead of Hrithik in 2016 because Hrithik has no films apart from Mohen-jo-daro

  • Thanks Indicine for the list.
    Aamir ne to phad di sabki.Maja aa gaya. 1000cr in last 5 films is amazing and unprecedented.
    Hats off to you Sir.
    Aamir did Masala – Result Ghajini all time grosser.
    Aamir did Action in sequal- Dhoom 3 All time grosser
    But More important is that he did classics 3i and PK and that both also all time grosser worldwide.
    What else you want.

    Aamir haters saying that its Raju magic not Aamir so credit goes to Raju not Aamir.
    Now looks expectation of most popular actor srk and Salman fans.
    Salman had given his career two big hits with Sooraj Badjatya with MPK (almost came close to break sholay) and Hank (unprecedented all time grosser collection) now he coming with PRDP and we all know currently its only Salman film who can break pk domestic record.
    Srk – Though srk had two big films like fan and Raees but trade only expect with his combination with Rohit to break pk record if possible who was last time CE able to given only all time grosser of srk.
    So Salman and srk both have 1 all time grosser and their fans had best bet with Sooraj and Rohit to give all time grosser to them again.
    Now people questioning Aamir that its only because of Raju.
    That’s clear from myself that even biggest two star needs also big for them to do miracle.
    Some saying if salnan or srk would be in d3 or pk they will crossed 400cr in India.Seriously it means two big superstar needs Aamirs film to get the biggest crossers.Seriously.
    Looks at some retard srk fans comparing Aamir with Ritesh.They are simply insulting srk not Aamur by saying this because the actor who is global superstar with 3.7 billion fans,his fans comparing the person who beat srk with great margin that he is behind Ritesh. Pagla gaye h Sasure.

  • Aamir was always no 1 in terms of quality but now he is no 1 at box office too….he is a living legend ….now some will say content is the main reason in the success of aamir khan …then what?? Yeah content is the king but aamir khan is the’dukaan of content’ …you can’t expect content oriented movies from salman can’t expect movies like dch,lagaan,rdb,sarfrosh,tzp,3i,pk from salman khan …..

  • I find it funny when people say only opening defines your star-power. Ultimately if a film is PK which starts on a good note becomes an ATBB does it even matter how big it had opened? WOM for Aamir has been exceptional. The public in general liked Dhoom 3. (though I hated it) Why would anyone go to watch a film only for it’s “brand” I know many people who went for Dhoom only because it had Aamir’s name attached to it.

  • HRITHIK going to over all of khans in 2016 with 2 or 3 films release which are “MOHENJODARO” by Ashutosh Gawariker, either (or both) a film by YRFS/Rakesh Roshan.
    All of them will be commercial all time blockbusters as well as critically acclaimed blockbusters in History of Hindi film industry.

  • @I Am A Sad Khan fan named Billu

    OMG- I never knew king had 26 hits in India and another seperate 29 hits in overseas and thats 55 films worldwide….

    Wow you learn simething new here on Indicine…!

    However Im just wondering if it is remotely possible that your overzealous overexcited feeble mind overlooked the possibilty that out of those 55 films some films have been duplicated… Think about it- try naming the group of 26 films that were hits in India and then the group of 29 films that were hits in overseas n cross reference them- see what you discover- My bet is that the number 55 will miraculously shrink…

  • @indicine look at ur first comment by @imakn he is saying aanur has just 7 hits in India abd trying and ritesh 9 hits so even ritesh is bigger star than aamir !!!

    so didnt ur hardwork of writing 1500 words article go in vain by posting that ‘baseless’ comment that is also fudging with facts that aamir has just 7 hits even though in reality he has 19hits in 38 releases with most being big hits.

    so how could u publish hus comment

  • Bollywood top15 stars after 2015 December

    1 amir Khan
    2 srk
    3 Salman
    4 ranbir
    5 hrithik
    6 ajay
    7 Siddharth
    8 akshay
    9 ranveer
    10 sushanth
    11 arjun
    12 varun
    13 saif
    14 ritesh
    15 aaditya

  • @nipun total agree with your point of view.
    Amir on 1st spot wow. Amir is my 2nd fav star.
    After pk now waiting for FAN 14

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