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)
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233 Comments

  • @indicine, can’t agree with u that ranbir has strongest line up. See the up coming salman movies……
    1. BB
    2. PRDP
    3. Yrf’s Sultan
    4. Dharma’s Shuddhi
    5. NEME
    all are certain 200cr grossers.
    Now look at the upcoming movies of Ranbir…..
    1. Roy(trailer released but got vry poor response, can collect 90cr maximum)
    2. Bombay velvet(anurag havn’t made a hit movie till date, 100cr maximum)
    3. Jagga jasus(it has potential to cross 150cr mark)
    4. Tamasha(imtiaz ali is known for making critically succesful movies more box office record breaker, 130cr maximum).
    Now tell how can he enter to top3 by surpassing srk or salman??? Expecting a reply from u @indicine.

  • After december 2015 usless rankings will be :-
    1 aamir
    2 srk
    3 salman
    4 hrithik
    5 akshay
    6 ranbir
    7 ajay
    8 emraan
    9 ranveer
    10 varun
    11 sid
    12 john
    13 saif
    14 ritesh
    15 aditya

  • @indicine Thanks alot for that….

    Yes it is baseless bordering or farcical…

    I dont understand how he can even imagine Varun (currently 9th) and Saif (11th at present) to slide down the list allowing his Arjun (currently ranked extremely high at 13th) with no release in 2015 to move ahead to 11th spot…? I mean Badlapur and Phantom would have to do a FANNY to get disastrous numbers… Thats not gonna happen… Oh yeah Sushants there too… Forget him for now but how did he fathom Arjun moving up 2 places I will never know….!

  • @Salman Khan you better give credit to prabhu deva for saving flop salman’s career. where was he when aamir gave superhits and blockbusters like lagan, DCH, RDB, Taare Zameen Par, fanaa, ghajini, 3 idiots????????? does any one remember any films of salman before wanted????? even after a mindless south remake wanted he gave 3 back to back disasters like LD, Main Aur Mrs.Khanna and veer. and this year jai ho. is that the star power??????? aamir is far ahead. Period. salman can give blockbusters only in mindless masala movies, but aamir is baap of everyone in Bollywood in an out n out masala movies (Ghajini, Dhoom 3) and out n out brilliant movies ( TZP, # idiots, and Pk).

  • @Indicine
    Can you please give rough estimates of highest number of tickets sold of top 5 movies??
    I’ll be very thankful to you…

  • Nipun, show real collections of bb which is 138cr. Ajay’s sr(141cr) collected 3cr more than bb. So ajay sir is ahead of the papa’s ladla forget salman.

  • Imran Khan should be there instead of Emraan Hashmi..
    GTPM – 15 Cr
    OUATIMD – 61 Cr
    MKBKM – 40 Cr
    EMAET – 38 Cr
    MBKD – 56 Cr
    Total – 210 [42 Crore / Film]

  • as usual the 2 biggest megastars aamir and salman are on top and third khan remains at #3. So called King Khan. who gave him this hilarious unsuitable name to him???????????

  • @tiger

    Maybe he will overtake King…. Most likely as Kings next Billu 2 and Raees dont look universal appealing films- 100cr could be tough for both movies… Ranbir could sneak past King into third spot- I think he could do it- rk roxXxXx

  • Agree with Nipun, if box office is the only method to evaluate the Star power then it’s ok.

    Just assume ,If Ranbir’s next two films collects 250 cr, will we place him over salman and SRK.

  • Congrats all the bollywood buffs who loved pk,Aamir fans and All the guys here who supported Aamir here.
    He repeated history back to back all time grosser two times is not cup of tea.
    @gj007 yes I know how my friends talking about neutral fans got excited when it announce that Aamir will be part of dhoom 3,dhoom franchise curiosity was always there but Aamir presence bring more crowds.I have said and say again if Aamir wouldn’t in d3 it never been a 500 cr grosser ww.
    And if Aamir come up again with any film which has universal appeal like ghajini,3i,d3 and pk than he will break every record then and I think till 2016 his 600 cr ww record of pk remain unbroken.

  • @IAMAKN,superb post.hope KING SRK haters will see this nightmare again n again as you showed the reality of their face in mirror,lol.amur has 12 hits bro in 24 year career,he is above riteish but smaller than said who at the end of career will surely beat amir who ‘all expect to give 17-18 hits in entire career.complan boy’s dream will be shattered as our half actor will finish his career under 18 hits by stuttering as aaila oh Teri…….lol.

    @some buddha chater banerji,keep your ranking with in yourselves.riteish is far better actor than our half actor.but 12 hits in 25 year career,what a shame on half actor!!!!lol.he want to hide his failure under his so called crapiest atbbs recently acted like a chimpanzee in pk.

  • fan :250 cr
    RH next :350 cr
    total 2 movie :600 cr
    jthj :121 cr
    ce :227 cr
    hny : 204 cr
    total collection :1152 cr

  • @navin I had also written another comment where I had said that I had incorrectly put varun behind arjun as he is already ahead of arjun.and if I want to put arjun I would hv put him at no.1

  • Salman good lineup,
    1. Bhajrangi Bhaijaan
    2. PRDP
    3. Sultan YRF’s
    4. Shuddhi
    5. NEME
    And Ranbir also good lineup
    1. B-Velvet
    2. Jagga Jasoos
    3. Tamasha
    4. Karan johar next
    5. Ayan’s next
    5. Rajkumar hirani
    Yes indicine, Ranbir will be 3rd or 4th spot in 2016.
    This year Akki want to attain 3 movie 100cr over then he 4th or 5th spot.
    Finally Salman khan’s BB could be cross 300cr.
    Trivia between Salman and Amir
    Amir in 2008 ghajni (masala) highest grosser
    In 2009 3idiots (raju hirani) highest grosser
    After Salman coming Dabangg style which highest grosser
    And once again Amir in 2013 D3 (masala) highest grosser
    in 2014 PK (raju hirani) highest grosser
    Logic say Bhajrangi bhaijaan will be collect 295cr because pk is 345cr (3i is 200cr and dabangg is 145cr)
    Salman Salman Salman and Akki Akki Akki.

  • @sky Completely Agreed. No doubt Dhoom is a brand but the announcement of Aamir doing dhoom after 3 idiots had generated immense curiosity. And the film got delayed from 2012 to 2013 which again helped in increasing buzz.

    For Pk, they used only one thing to promote the film. “The team of 3 idiots is back!” Raju and Aamir screened 3 idiots with fans and watched it again with them. It was a masterstroke. Everybody loves 3 idiots and imagine seeing your most loved film with the actor-director pair. It was a subtle move, but I believe the low but focussed marketing helped Aamir big time. All the Khans are big stars but when it comes to marketing and script sense, Aamir takes the cake with him :)

  • * in my previous comment rankings are wrong… Salman will topple aamir to become no.1 because i completely forgot prdp of sooraj……… It will do double business of raees/fan whatevar…

  • As expected, Amir took the top spot that too with a huge margin. His supremacy can be judged by the fact that difference between the average of 1st spot and 2nd spot holder is around 40 Cr, which is huge. With this, one thing is sure that no Salman or SRK are going to challenge Amir at least in 2015. Maximum they can reduce the margin but Top spot is out of reach for both of them. Change is inevitable and thus this top spot of Amir too, is bound to be snatched as he has not confirmed his next venture yet but it would be interesting to see,how long both SRK and Salman will take to outpace Amir :)

  • Aamir deserves number one position, his hard work and intelligence paid him but I think Sallu will over take him this year.

    @Arjun Kapoor fan, I’m so glad that Ajay is no. 6 at ur ranking but where is Emraan ? Why did you forgot about him? :P. he has strong line up this year with films like Mr X and Mohit suri’s film.

    Upcoming Ajay movies.
    Shivay jan 2016
    Golmaal 4 December 2016
    Satsang- an off beat film 2016
    King Ashoke with Jennefer Lopez migh release 2nd of Actober 2016 or 2017.

  • @ajay rocks sushanth,ritesh,aaditya hv better line up of films thus yr than emmy but I wish him all rhe best.may all his films this yr bcm a hit

  • @gj007 agreed your points.Aamir always stand alone than the rest because if he can create marketing trend with Ghajini and 3i in back to 2008-2009 and now for dhoom 3 and pk he kept the thing low.He never promoted d3 and pk on any TV soaps and reality shows, took a break of 2 year from commercial film after 3i and still had 4 all time grosser.More over if 3i and pk termed as most loved film of current times than ghajini is known as best masala movie and d3 biggest action entertainer ww.Along with this he had two different superb made film talaash and dhobi ghat.
    Who can think a guy who is not having crazy fan following neither a pure romantic hero or mass hero can cement his place with classics like sarfarosh,lagaan,dch,rdb,tzp and tore the box office everywhere. It been overwhelming being a fan of him.
    He never repeat masala entertainer back to back like Salman did,srk did with CE and hny.He instead pick a classic and rest is history.

  • Next year aamir storm will again bounce and blow everyone away with “Kushti” or “Dangal”. aamir has made hirani such a big director. without hirani aamir has dil, RH, Lagaan, RDB, fanaa, TZP, ghajini and dhoom 3. while hirani without aamir has only 2 superhits not even blockbusters (MBMBBS and LRMB). so aamir is bigger than raju hirani. raju hirani needed aamir to make his film blockbuster but both turned out to be All Time Blockbusters. that’s the power or megastar aamir. aamir also saved the careers of flop directors like dharmesh darshan, ashutosh gowarikar, ram gopal verma, kunal kohli, and last but not the least the greatest disaster director Vijay Krishna Acharya. that’s the power of king aamir. without aamir, 3 idiots or pk couldn’t have become blockbusters forget 200 crores or 300 crores. so, aamir has made raju hirani the biggest director in Bollywood.
    Kushti- 400 crores (India), 35 millions USD (Overseas) and 800+ crores gross worldwide. the storm is coming to blow tiny rohit shetty’s tiny car.

  • TOP ACTOR IN BOLLYWOOD

    DILIP KUMAR
    AMITABH BACHHAN
    SHAHRUKH KHAN

    DONT KNOW TOO MUCH ABOUT DILIP SAHEB BUT BIG B Z CONTINUOSY CAN ONLY SEEN IN SRK NOT IN AMIR SALMAN BUT DOMINANCE THEN BIG B S NO MATCH…

  • @Kshitij, ha ha ha. keep dreaming. your 60 crore club actor can’t beat ajay forget ranbir. ajay will overtake ranbir with shivay. mark my words. and also hrithik might have chance to beat the third khan but no chance for him too to come even close to aamir and salman. aamir and salman will keep competing with each other for top 2 spots and their ranking might keep changing but no one else can come even clost to the biggest megastars of Bollywood until they retire.

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