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:
|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.
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