Top 5 Highest Grossing Bollywood Movies
Whilst Bollywood Movies never gross as much as their Hollywood counterparts, it is often surprising at just how much cash they are able to generate considering the majority of them are never shown outside of non-Hindi speaking countries. On this page I want to take a little peek at the Top 5 highest grossing Bollywood movies. If you ever have the chance to watch an English-dubbed version of these movies then I really suggest you do. Some of them are quite an experience.
Dhoom 3 ($86 Million)
Dhoom 3 is the most expensive Bollywood movie of all time. Dhoom 3 was able to grab such a high investment simply due to the popularity of the other movies in the series. Nobody expected it to generate so much wealth for the studio Yashraj Films though. This action thriller boasts famed Bollywood celebrity Aamir Khan in the lead role. It is one of only a few Bollywood movies to achieve huge amounts of success in the United States as well.
PK ($72 million)
Although PK has become India’s highest grossing film of all time making about $49 million so far, it hasnt managed to beat Dhoom 3 in the international market. PK’s international earnings so far are estimated to be about $23 million. This Aamir Khan and Anushka Sharma starrer tells us a story about an alien who question different religions on our planet in search of his stolen pendant (remotwa). Inspite of many hurdles due to protests by religious groups, vandalism of cinema’s and court petitions, PK has been one of the biggest bollywood success of all time.
Chennai Express ($68 million)
For a while Chennai Express sat proud at the top of the list of highest grossing Bollywood movies ever. It was knocked off the top spot just two months later though. This action comedy can at least feel a little bit proud that it is still the fasted Bollywood movie to gross $16 million though. For a good romantic Bollywood movie you are not going to get much better than this (although it did open to some rather lukewarm reviews)
3 Idiots ($64 million)
In Hollywood you would not expect a movie with the plot of 3 Idiots to climb so high up in the wealth charts. It seems that Hindi-speaking countries seem to love the more story-heavy comedies than those big action movies. But then again, it is obvious for hindi movie to make millions when the main lead is Bollwyood’s Mr. Perfectionist, Aamir Khan. This movie essentially follows the story of 3 students trying to acheive their dreams through education. It includes lots of romance and comedy. I feel that it is the perfect introduction for any westerner to the world of Bollywood Movies.
Kick ($61 Million)
The standard Bollywood movie releases to just 2,000 screens around the world. But this Salman Khan starrer was launched at over 5,000 screens. This makes the movie a pretty big deal. Critics around the globe absolutely loved this action-comedy movie. It was launched in 2014, 25th of July to be exact, so I actually expect this to climb further up the list of highest grossing Bollywood movies over the next few months.
Krrish ($61 Million)
Yep; it took us until 5th place to find a movie about superheroes. This shows just how different Bollywood taste is to Hollywood taste. I have not actually seen this movie but by all accounts it is very much in the same vein as The Avengers or X-Men movies (i.e. based around a team of superheroes). It stars one of the Bollywood’s fittest star, Hrithik Roshan. There’s plenty of action in this movie.