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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
Worldwide Gross
% Revenue
3 Idiots
392 Crores
35 Crores
Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani
310 Crores
50 Crores
Chennai Express
422 Crores
75 Crores
Dabangg 2
251 Crores
45 Crors
215 Crores
42 Crores
Ek Tha Tiger
350 Crores
75 Crores
395 Crores
100 Crores
Dhoom 3
533 Crores
150 Crores
230 Crores
30 Crores
Krrish 3
373 Crores
115 Crores
  • 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
Worldwide Gross
% Revenue
The Lunchbox
67.5 Crores
1 Crore
Vicky Donor
64.5 Crores
5 Crores
Ashiqui 2
109 Crores
9 Crores
98.2 Crores
12 Crores
Taare Zameen Par
88.1 Crores
12 Crores
Chak De! India
150 Crores
24 Crores
English Vinglish
90 Crores
15 Crores
175 Crores
30 Crores
Paan Singh Tomar
38.4 Crores
8 Crores
A Wednesday
12 Crores
5 Crores
  • 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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    • indianreel profile imageAUTHOR


      3 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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      3 years ago from Home Sweet Home

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

    • indianreel profile imageAUTHOR


      4 years ago from London

      Thank you silvershark

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      Kenneth Moody 

      4 years ago from Destin, Florida

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

    • indianreel profile imageAUTHOR


      4 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 

      4 years ago

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

    • yasirchohan profile image

      Yasir chohan 

      4 years ago from Reisterstown

      Quite interesting and informative!


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