Top Bollywood Actors Overseas 2015

With PK, Aamir Khan has firmly established himself as the biggest actor in the overseas markets. His last 5 films have collected nearly $100 million (Rs 620 crore), which is far better than the second best in the list – Shahrukh Khan, who probably still commands the biggest fan-following overseas, but his films have failed to sustain well in the long run.

  • The list below would be based on the gross box office collections of an actor’s last five movies. To keep the comparison fair, all figures are in US dollars.
  • 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.
  • We have only included 8 actors in the list because the rest are not bankable stars overseas. The likes of Ranveer Singh, Arjun Kapoor, Varun Dhawan and Sidharth Malhotra, with a couple of solid overseas performers behind them, are emerging as stars to watch out for. Currently, it’s unfair to include them in the list.
Aamir Khan, Anushka Sharma - PK

Aamir Khan, Anushka Sharma – PK

Rank 1 Aamir Khan: Aamir Khan has finally ended Shahrukh Khan’s 2-decade long overseas dominance. PK is the second highest grosser of all time, only behind Aamir’s own Dhoom 3 which is the only film to cross the magical $30 million mark. While the consistency and craze for Shahrukh will be difficult to match, Aamir too has a loyal fan-following which extends to countries like Japan and China. When PK eventually releases in more countries, the total collections of Aamir’s last 5 movies will cross the $100 million mark!

  • PK – $26.1 million
  • Dhoom 3 – $31 million
  • Talaash – $8.95 million
  • 3 Idiots – $25.9 million
  • Ghajini – $7.75 million
  • Total – $99.7 million (average $19.94 million per film)

Rank 2 Shahrukh Khan: An actor who has dominated the overseas markets like no other star in the history of Indian Cinema, Shahrukh Khan remains the biggest crowd puller outside India. His lowest grossers are far higher than the highest grossers of most other actors. His consistency too remains unmatched, as even some of his not-so-acclaimed films that are not released during favourable periods, are record-breaking. He is also the only actor whose last 5 films have all crossed the $10 million mark overseas.

  • Happy New Year – $17.63 million (including China)
  • Chennai Express – $18.95 million
  • Jab Tak Hai Jaan – $13.25 million
  • Don 2 – $11.25 million
  • Ra. One – $10.9 million
  • Total – $71.98 million (average $14.4 million per film)

Rank 3 Salman Khan: Arguably the biggest crowd-puller in India, Salman Khan is at No 3 in the overseas markets. His films don’t take the kind of opening that SRK – Aamir films do, but the reason could be because films that belong to the action / masala genre don’t perform too well overseas. His last release, Kick, was also his highest grosser.

  • Kick – $11.4 million
  • Jai Ho – $6.1 million
  • Dabangg 2 – $8.48 million
  • Ek Tha Tiger – $10.4 million
  • Bodyguard – $8.3 million
  • Total – $44.68 million (average $8.94 million per film)

Rank 4 Hrithik Roshan: The super-success of Bang Bang in the overseas markets has closed the gap between Hrithik and Salman. It will be interesting to see if Hrithik can go past Salman after the release of Mohenjo Daro in 2016. The Top 4 stars are the biggest crowd-pullers overseas, the gap between them and the rest is pretty huge.

  • Bang Bang – $13.5 million
  • Krrish 3 – $8.78 million
  • Agneepath – $6.1 million
  • Zindagi Naa Milegi Dobara – $7.21 million
  • Guzaarish – $3.22 million
  • Total – $38.81 million (average $7.76 million per film)

Rank 5 Ranbir Kapoor: Besharam under-performed big time, but Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani was a massive success at the box office. Barfi and Rockstar too did well. He could challenge Salman and Hrithik in the next couple of years. His film with Karan Johar titled ‘Ae Dil Hai Mushkil’ could widen his overseas following.

  • Besharam – $2.96 million
  • Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani – $10.45 million
  • Barfi! – $5.86 million
  • Rockstar – $3.36 million
  • Anjaana Anjaani – $3.2 million
  • Total – $25.83 million (average $5.17 million per film)

Rank 6 Saif Ali Khan: Saif’s latest release Happy Ending has fared poorly in the overseas markets. The film has collected $1 million in its opening weekend, but the success of Race 2 and Cocktail ensures that Saif continues to hold on to the 6th spot. Happy Ending should collect around $1.5 – 1.75 million by the end of its run as it has dropped all over on Monday.

  • Happy Ending – $1.7 million
  • Humshakals – $2.65 million
  • Bullet Raja- $1 million
  • Race 2 – $6.4 million
  • Cocktail – $4.3 million
  • Total – $16.05 million (average $3.21 million per film)

Rank 7 Akshay Kumar: There was a time when Akshay films would do very well overseas – Singh Is Kinng (7.1 million), Housefull 2 ($6 million), Heyy Baby ($4.4 million) and several others were hugely successful films. Back in 2007 – 2008, Akshay movies used to fare better than Aamir, Salman and Hrithik’s. But his last few films have under-performed big time. His biggest hit in the last 2 years is Holiday: A Solider Is Never Off Duty. Unfortunately, an acclaimed film like Baby has failed to excite the overseas audience. With $2.3 million overseas, Baby collected less than Akshay’s last film with Neeraj Pandey – Special 26 collected $2.75 million.

  • Baby – 2.3 million
  • Entertainment – 2.8 million
  • Holiday: A Solider Is Never Off Duty – $4.2 million
  • Boss – $2.75 million
  • Once Upon Ay Time In Mumbaai Dobaara – $1.85 million
  • Total – $13.9 million (average $2.78 million per film)

Rank 8 Ajay Devgn: Like India, Action Jackson failed in the overseas markets too. Singham Returns did fairly well. Son of Sardaar was a decent hit.

  • Action Jackson – $1.9 million
  • Singham Returns – $4.2 million
  • Satyagraha – $2.4 million
  • Himmatwala – $1.3 million
  • Son of Sardaar – $2.8 million
  • Total – $12.6 million (average $2.52 million per film)

Top 10 Overseas Grossers

  • 1. Dhoom 3 – $ 31 million
  • 2. PK – $26.1 million
  • 3. 3 Idiots – $ 25.9 million
  • 4. My Name Is Khan – $22.98 million
  • 5. Chennai Express – $ 18.95 million
  • 6. Happy New Year – $ 17.63 million
  • 7. Bang Bang – $13.5 million
  • 8. Jab Tak Hai Jaan – $13.25 million
  • 9. Kick – $11.4 million
  • 10. Don 2 – $11.25 million
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108 Comments

  • Oh no @indicine superb article.Now srk is no where top whether in India or overseas.salman is kicking in india amir is dhooming in overseas….

  • Aamir Khan all the way. With Hamari Adhuri Kahani, Emraan will also enter Top10 overseas.But SRK is still no 1 overseas.

  • Highest grossers in India:
    1.PK – 340 crore
    2.Dhoom 3 – 285 crores
    3.Krrish 3 – 244 crores

    Highest grossers in overseas:
    1.Dhoom 3 – $31 million
    2.PK – $26.1 million
    3.3 Idiots – $25.9 million
    Legend Aamir Khan rocks!

  • There are 2 type of people. .

    1. The one who like Aamir. .
    2. The one who claim that they hate Aamir, but still watch his movies secretly.

  • Only top 4 stars are in top 10 collections in overseas. Aamir Khan occupies top 3 positions which is difficult to cross by any other actor in the near future.

  • I m not fairly interested in this overseas list ………!? ..
    It is domestic biz which goes ……!! ..

    Becoz mostly film shot in overseas n having NRI pr’s only do good ……!! ..
    Otherwise HNY would have done well of Legend SRK …….!! …
    But jthj did more than HNY becoz of foreign shoot n NRI PR’s …….. Of legend SRK ……..!! ..

  • @bhaijan
    what a logic…It is said that SRK is biggest crowd puller but he lags in business from Amir. Ok from logic its true that Amir is ahead of Srk in overseas as collections is the main indicator.Now It is also said that salman is biggest crowd puller in INDIA but again Amir movies are way ahead of him in collections. So using the same logic Amir is ahead of salman in india.And Amir is not only kicking in overseas but also in INDIA because his highest grosser is about 100cr + ahead of biggest star of INDIA the BHAIJAN…..Haha bhai bhool jao k India me salman bhai top pe hain….He is not even second in India as Kick could not reach even KRISH3 244..But SRK is savely 2nd in overseas

  • @indicine one question
    How come salman is biggest crowd puller in India when first day collections of jai ho are almost similar to ek villain and both released on non holiday despite later released just half no of screen. Please reply don’t ignore

  • I love salman and amir khan right from andaz apna apna days to kick,pk
    these 2 are versatile amazed by their adaptability

  • Bajrangi bhaijaan is goin to rock overseas if not then definitely prem ratan dhan payo 25 million for sure

  • Srk is still ruling overseas.because out of top 10 overseas movies 5 are SRK movies…Aamir’s shud thank Raju hirani and sallu no where in overseas…

  • What Crap joke Indicine……….

    (1) SRK has just 21 back to back Success/Hits movies in overseas while Aamir has total hits in overseas are 7….

    (2) SRK has 10 ATBBs with out any X’mas release or Brand like Hirani/Dhoom3 while Aamir has 3 ATBBs that too with the help or biggest brands and Biggest,Best Overseas Release X’mas… With out X’mas he has zero ATBB, with out non holiday he has zero ATBBs while SRK has 10 ATBBs with out any X’mas release & on non – holiday..

    (3) SRK has 20 Blockbusters in overseas while 10 are Back to back… (which is biggest ever record) while how many Back to back BBs Aamir has? 2? that too with the help or X’mas? while SRK all movies were non holiday releases…

    (4) Combined hits of Shah Rukh Khan – 26 Hits in India + 29 Hits in Overseas- 55 Films & Aamir Khan – 10 Hits in India + 7 Hits in Overseas- 17 Films… Do you know the difference between 55 & 17? Comparing Aamir (17) with King Khan (55) is like comparing Rajpal yadav with Dilip Kumar….

    (5) All the Movies that Broke Opening Records Both in India and Overseas Since 2000… – Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham (2001) – Veer Zaara (2004) – Fanaa (2006) – Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna (2006) – Om Shanti Om (2007) – Chennai Express (2013) – Shah Rukh Khan : 5 Times.. & Aamir Khan : 1 Time.. [ last ] @Indicine Note the difference between 5 & 1…

    (6) SRK has 20 Blockbusters in Overseas and Rest of Bollywood has only 15… the reasons that you (@Indicine) should accept SRK >> whole B’wood, while Aamir has just 3 blockbuster that too just on Christmas, with help of Brand.. while SRK all were non-holiday… Number of Blockbusters of Aamir in Overseas -> 0 and you are calling him top overseas actor? While SRK has more ATBBs, Blockbusters than whole Bollywood….

    (7) SHAH RUKH KHAN has 6 All time Grosser in OVerseas now………. Aamir has 2 .. See the Difference

    (8) SRK has 6 industry hits in Overseas while Aamir has just 2 that too throught the help of Brands…X’mas…

    (9) Worldwide Grossers of The Year (Official Figure) Since 1992-> Beta,Darr,HAHK,DDLJ,RH,DTPH,KKHH,HSSH,Mohabbatein,K3G/Gadar,Devdas,KHNH,VZ,Bunty Aur Babli,D:2,OSO,Ghajini,MNIK,Ra One,ETT,D:3,PK….
    SRK – 12, Aamir 4, Salman 3… Indicine look at the difference between 12 and 4..

    (10) Compare Hirani and Dhoom Brand movies with SRK’s Movies in Opening (And All Hirani and Dhoom Brand movies released in Best Period Christmas period while MNIK was released in Worst period February and OSO,VZ,KANK were released in Dull Periods or Non-Holiday periods)……..check their screensize,avg. Per screens and inflation adjusted wise KANK>VZ>OSO>MNIK>>>>>>>>>>>D:3>>>PK.. and you compare 2,3 hits of Aamir which was on X’mas and calling him bigger than SRK? LOL…

    (11) SRK has 10 ATBBs in Overseas – DDLJ, KKHH, K3G, Devdas, KHNH, VZ, KANK, OSO, MNIK, CE.. Aamir total number of Hits in OS are 7 .. and you are calling him better than SRK… SRK is baap of Aamir and baap of all bollywood…

    (12) Biggest Hit of The Decade (1990-99) : #KKHH… Biggest Hit of The Decade (2000-09) : #K3G B H O T D (2010-So Far) : MNIK… SRK is unbeatable in overseas.. OS means SRK… others need a Dhoom Brand or Hirani + X’mas to give hit there,with out them they r puss…

    (13) top Biggest Opener of Bollywood ever till now SRK has 5 while Aamir has zero, then how he is top? Aamir is not even 5 % of SRK in overseas as well as in India….

    (14) even the post you posted there out of top 10, five (5) movies are SRK’s that’s the biggest sign of Mega star…. stop trolling Aamir by Praising him, in the same post you trolled him…

    SRK was the BAAP of Overseas, SRK is the Baap of overseas and he will always be the Baap of overseas while Aamir was a flop actor in India/Overseas, he is Flop actor which has just 10 hits till now, that too with help of Brands and good release date, and he will always be Flop actor and behind SRK…..

  • Aamir is best.. Since 2009 Aamir has been no.1 in overseas..before that srk was no.1 in overseas and Aamir was no.2..but if u see srk has worked with big banners like yrf/dharma.. Did romantic movies (fav genre of os audience), played roles of NRI in d films..srk does stage shows in foreign countries..his most films being shot there..where Aamir Khan has made his audience through films only..never did stage shows , promotion and did different kind of films… Aamir has always been very consistent at b.o where in India or Overseas.
    Aamir has 14 Hits in overseas..since Lagaan his all films hugely successful in OS.. Lagaan , Dch , Rdb , Mp , fanaa , tzp , RH , ghajini , D3 , Pk , talaash , sarfarosh.. His successful films in OS…

  • Aamir is best.. Since 2009 Aamir has been no.1 in overseas..before that srk was no.1 in overseas and Aamir was no.2..but if u see srk has worked with big banners like yrf/dharma.. Did romantic movies (fav genre of os audience), played roles of NRI in d films..srk does stage shows in foreign countries..his most films being shot there..where Aamir Khan has made his audience through films only..never did stage shows , promotion and did different kind of films… Aamir has always been very consistent at b.o where in India or Overseas.
    Aamir has 14 Hits in overseas..since Lagaan his all films hugely successful in OS.. Lagaan , Dch , Rdb , Mp , fanaa , tzp , RH , ghajini , D3 , Pk , talaash , sarfarosh.. His successful films in OS… Aamir Baap of srk

  • @indicine Good post to troll Aamir khan actually, hahaha.. every one knows even whole bollywood can’t be compare with SRK and you are comparing that mullu 7 hit flop actor Aamir with the unbeatable badshah SRK who has away More Hits, ATBBs, BBs, Super hits, more success movie than whole Bollywood…

  • SRK is by far the most popular. Aamir’s dhoom 3 had dhoom brand (dhoom 2 was huge overseas too) n PK had great WOM (it didn’t take a record start). Both also had benefit of xmas release.

  • Rather well-deserved for Aamir to be top of the list, he is pretty extremely choosy when it comes to the films. well done Aamir.

    BTW, To be honest, I wasn’t expecting Saif to see in the list .but I think now he deserve it. Moreover, some of the contenders like Ajay and Akki deserves to be ahead of him on the list.

  • Overseas meant -> SRK.
    Overseas mean -> SRK.
    Overseas will always mean -> SRK.

    Stop comparing that new child who gives 2,3 hits bec of the advantage of good release and Franchise. Don’t insult SRK by comparing that 2 hit actor Aamir who can’t even give 1 hit wth out X’mas and Brand as everyone knows…

    SRK highest Grosser Movie with out any brand in overseas,India -> Chennai Epxress..
    Aamir Highest Grosser movie with out any Brand in overseas,India -> Taree Zameen Per… Now you can see the difference between SRK, Aamir…

  • Aamir has always dominated Srk in USA ( biggest overseas market )
    Rdb and fanaa did better biz than don and vz in Usa , lagaan did better than all srk films of early 2000 in os except multistarer films.. On d other hand tzp did better than cdi , mp did better than swades and ghajini outperformed rnbdj in USA..
    3i did almost double biz than all srk films in USA..
    Aamir is light years ahead of srk in os markets like USA , Australia , NewZealand , China , Japan , Turkey..
    In UAE and Pakistan also Aamir is bit ahead of srk.
    Where in UK where srk had always dominated..since D3 aamir is way ahead of him in uk also.. Aamir has crossed lifetime of srk films with in weekend in these os markets.

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