Highest Footfalls For Bollywood Films


These days, almost anyone considers themself a box-office guru. You no longer need to be a trade analyst to indulge in some heavy number crunching because a quick Google search can reveal the collections of any recent film. 100-crore clubs, 200-crore clubs, 300-crore clubs, budgets, losses, highest grossers are the focal points these days to gauge a film’s box-office performance. And while they do almost paint a clear picture of how big a success or failure a film is, especially post 2000, these numbers alone are not the entire story.

Box-office collections are good to compare films in recent years. But how does one gauge the performance of a Dangal with that of a Hum Aapke Hain Koun? Both films released 23 years apart, during which several aspects like inflation, hiked ticket prices, digital streaming alternatives, more theaters, emergence of multiplexes, and other factors need to be considered. So, how does one draw a conclusive analogy between such films?

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Well, the answer is pretty simple – all one has to do is compare the footfalls, which is nothing but the number of tickets sold, for each film. Several factors beyond our control will keep occurring and disappearing, but the one constant at the box-office that’ll always remain is the footfalls of a movie. It’s a simple statistic, it’s never influenced by other dynamics, and it remains the one true and decisive measure to really see where a film stands regardless when it released.

So, let’s check out the top 25 Bollywood films with the highest footfalls to date:

Film Release Date Footfalls Verdict
Baahubali 2 28th April 2017 10.50 crore All-Time Blockbuster
Hum Aapke Hain Koun 5th August 1994 7.40 crore All-Time Blockbuster
Gadar 15th June 2001 5.06 crore All-Time Blockbuster
Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge 20th October 1995 4.80 crore All-Time Blockbuster
Raja Hindustani 11th November 1996 4.10 crore All-Time Blockbuster
Border 13th June 1997 3.71 crore All-Time Blockbuster
Dangal 23rd December 2016 3.60 crore All-Time Blockbuster
Kuch Kuch Hota Hai 16th October 1998 3.57 crore All-Time Blockbuster
Bajrangi Bhaijaan 17th July 2015 3.54 crore All-Time Blockbuster
PK 19th December 2014 3.51 crore All-Time Blockbuster
Sultan 6th July 2016 3.20 crore All-Time Blockbuster
3 Idiots 24th December 2009 3.18 crore All-Time Blockbuster
Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham 14th December 2001 3.12 crore Blockbuster
Kaho Naa Pyaar Hai 14th January 2000 3.07 crore Blockbuster
Mughal-E-Azam 5th August 1960 3.05 crore All-Time Blockbuster
Karan Arjun 13th January 1995 2.99 crore Blockbuster
Dhoom 3 20th December 2013 2.98 crore All-Time Blockbuster
Dil To Pagal Hai 31st October 1997 2.95 crore Blockbuster
Hum Saath Saath Hain 5th November 1999 2.85 crore Blockbuster
Mohabbatein 27th October 2000 2.67 crore Blockbuster
Chennai Express 8th August 2013 2.52 crore All-Time Blockbuster
Dabangg 10th September 2010 2.51 crore All-Time Blockbuster
Ek Tha Tiger 15th August 2012 2.47 crore Blockbuster
Kick 25th July 2014 2.42 crore All-Time Blockbuster
Ghajini 25th December 2008 2.40 crore All-Time Blockbuster


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As you can see, barring a solitary film by Hrithik Roshan, two by Sunny Deol, and one each headlined by Amitabh Bachchan-Dharmendra and Dilip Kumar in their heydays, the list is dominated by films starring the three Khans, which goes to show that no actor in the history of Indian cinema draws more crowds to the theaters than Shah Rukh, Salman, and Aamir. In fact, Salman is a phenomenon all to himself, firmly perched at the top of the list and having as many as eight films on it while SRK and Aamir come in at joint second with six films each.

Image Sources: YRF, Zee, and Rajshri

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