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Most successful Bollywood movies

Updated on December 2, 2014

Though there are many reasons for making a movie, one of the major reason for a studio to throw a lot of money on a movie is to earn back a lot more than what has been put in. Simply put, the success of a commercial movie is determined by how much money it makes.

Is there a better chance of making more profit if more money is invested or by having bigger stars? Let's see.

Lets start with big movies - Movies whose budget is more than 30 Crore Indian rupees. Below is the list of highest grocers.

Most Successful Movies with budget more than 30 Crores

Most Successful Bollywood films - High budget
Most Successful Bollywood films - High budget | Source
Year
Movie
Worldwide Gross
Budget
% Revenue
2009
3 Idiots
392 Crores
35 Crores
1020%
2013
Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani
310 Crores
50 Crores
520%
2013
Chennai Express
422 Crores
75 Crores
463%
2012
Dabangg 2
251 Crores
45 Crors
458%
2010
Dabangg
215 Crores
42 Crores
412%
2012
Ek Tha Tiger
350 Crores
75 Crores
367%
2014
Kick
395 Crores
100 Crores
295%
2013
Dhoom 3
533 Crores
150 Crores
255%
2011
Bodyguard
230 Crores
30 Crores
254%
2013
Krrish 3
373 Crores
115 Crores
225%
  • Though 3 idiots has the least budget among the 10 films, it has the highest revenue percentage.
  • It's worth noting 5 out of 10 highest grocers are Salman Khan movies.
  • Dhoom 3 is the highest budget movie and the highest grocer. However, the percentage revenue is really not that high.
  • Ye Jawaani hain deewani is the odd man out in terms of having biggest stars.
  • The tone of all the movie posters is similar.

Now, let's have a look at the most successful movies with budget less than 30 Crores.

Most Successful Movies with budget less than 30 Crores

Most Successful Bollywood films - Low Budget
Most Successful Bollywood films - Low Budget | Source
Year
Movie
Worldwide Gross
Budget
% Revenue
2013
The Lunchbox
67.5 Crores
1 Crore
6647%
2012
Vicky Donor
64.5 Crores
5 Crores
1190%
2013
Ashiqui 2
109 Crores
9 Crores
1111%
2013
Queen
98.2 Crores
12 Crores
718%
2007
Taare Zameen Par
88.1 Crores
12 Crores
634%
2007
Chak De! India
150 Crores
24 Crores
525%
2012
English Vinglish
90 Crores
15 Crores
500%
2012
Barfi
175 Crores
30 Crores
483%
2012
Paan Singh Tomar
38.4 Crores
8 Crores
380%
2008
A Wednesday
12 Crores
5 Crores
140%
  • All the movies depend on the story and screenplay rather than budget and stars.
  • Irrfan khan stars in 2 out of 10 movies.
  • The posters are unique and different.
  • The movies with lesser budgets are more successful.
  • Personally, these movies are more witty and heart touching.

Big movies certainly increase the range of Bollywood as an industry. The amount of returns is an indication of star power and the footprint of Bollywood.

However, the depth of Bollywood films are certainly better explored by movies with small budget. They are are more novel and inspiring.

In my opinion, 3 idiots strike a fine balance between the two and that represents a typical Bollywood good commercial film in all its colors.

Which star do you think represent a good commercial Bollywood film

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      HK 2 years ago from London

      Thanks for the comment peachpurple. Aamir Khan's movies strike a fine balance between commercial and experimental films. You could try his movies.

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      peachy 2 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      I havenever watched bollywood movies, who is the best male actor

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      HK 2 years ago from London

      Thank you silvershark

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      Kenneth Moody 2 years ago from Destin, Florida

      Really detailed, I didn't realize how big of a player Bollywood is.

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      HK 2 years ago from London

      This information is from Wikipedia. Of course, there are chances that some financial figures are hidden. Still, I think the analysis remain valid.

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      Satish Nath Siddha 2 years ago

      Opinion expressed in a statistical way!! So, what kinda information do the studios rely on, before investment decisions??

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      Yasir chohan 2 years ago from Reisterstown

      Quite interesting and informative!