Highest grossing Bollywood movies

Avengers: Endgame is about to become the highest grossing movie of all-time with $2.5 billion grossed in box office to date and grossing $59 (₹413.21 crore) million in India alone. It becomes the 10th highest grossing movie in India. Since Endgame is a Hollywood movie, let’s take a look at Bollywood.

Bollywood is very much different from Hollywood. The obvious thing to note that Bollywood is Hindi cinema predominantly produced in India. It is formerly known as Bombay cinema, is the Indian Hindi-language film industry based in Mumbai, Maharashtra. The other things you would notice that Bollywood films have eccentric dance numbers, slow-motion action scenes, a lot of dialog in the plot, emotional and romance. In Hollywood films, you would not find all these features in one entire film. Even though Bollywood’s annual gross is about $2.3 billion compared to $41 billion in Hollywood, it makes up from the sheer number of cinema attendance. The annual cinema admissions are 2.7 billion in Bollywood compared to 1.3 Billion in Hollywood. In their defense, India has a population of 1.3 billion and Bollywood releases about 1,600 movies a year. There are other regional cinemas like Tollywood (Telugu cinema) and Kollywood (Tamil cinema ).

Here are the 10 highest grossing Bollywood movies of all time.

1) Dangal (2016) – $278 million (₹1957 crore)

“After his failure at winning a gold medal for the country, Mahavir Phogat vows to realize his dreams by training his daughters for the Commonwealth Games despite societal pressures.”

2) Bajrangi Bhaijaan (2015) – $124 million (₹873 crore)

“A young mute girl from Pakistan loses herself in India with no way to head back. A devoted man with a magnanimous spirit undertakes the task to get her back to her motherland and unite her with her family.”

3) Secret Superstar (2016) – $118 million (₹834 crore)

“A talented teenage singer-songwriter must conceal who she really is to fulfill her musical dream. But to save her mother, she might have to sacrifice everything.”

4) PK (2015) – $105 million (₹741 crore)

“A stranger in the city asks questions no one has asked before. Known only by his initials, the man’s innocent questions and childlike curiosity take him on a journey of love, laughter and letting go.”

5) Sanju (2018) – $83 million (₹585 crore)

“Coming from a family of cinematic legends, East Indian actor Sanjay Dutt reaches dizzying heights of success — but also battles numerous addictions and other personal demons.”

6) Sultan (2016) – $82 million (₹585 crore)

“A middle-aged wrestling champion (Salman Khan) tries to make a comeback to represent India at the Olympics.”

7) Padmaavat (2018) – $79 million (₹560 crore)

“Set in 1303 AD medieval India, Padmaavat is the story of honor, valor, and obsession. Queen Padmavati is known for her exceptional beauty along with a strong sense of justice and is the wife of Maharawal Ratan Singh and pride of the Kingdom of Chittor, a prosperous kingdom in the northwest of India. The legend of her beauty reaches the reigning sultan of Hindustan – Allaudin Khilji. The Sultan who is a tyrant is fixated with wanting anything that is of exceptional beauty for himself.”

8) Dhoom 3 (2013) – $79 million (₹558 crore)

“After his family circus business is closed down by a Chicago bank, a man swears revenge. Years later, he robs the bank, using his acrobat skills to escape.”

9) Tiger Zinda Hai (2017) – $78 million (₹555 crore)

“East Indian agent Tiger joins forces with Pakistani agent Zoya to battle a ruthless militant.”

10) Chennai Express (2013) – $56 million (₹396 crore)

“A man’s (Shahrukh Khan) trip to fulfill his late grandfather’s last wish turns into an unexpected adventure when he meets a unique young woman (Deepika Padukone) from southern India.”

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