With over 1,000 films released each year, the Indian film industry is one of the most prolific film industries in the world. According to one estimate, the industry brings in $2 billion a year. This figure though is only a fifth of the revenues the US film industry brings in. This however is likely to change. $100 million in earnings is no longer an impossible bar for Indian movies.
We deciced to take a look at the highest grossing Indian movies of all time in this week's chart of the week. A word of caution- the earnings have not been adjusted for inflation. Earnings of blockbusters from years past such as Sholay, when adjusted for inflation easily touch the $50 million mark. The intent of this chart however is to simply highlight how movies in the recent past are touching new earning highs.
We were cetainly surprised by the movies that made it to the list. PK is the highest grossing movie of all time at $120 million. Bahubali, simulatenously made in Telugu, Hindi, and Tamil is at number 2 with earnings to date of close to $100 million. Salman Khan starrers Bajrangi Bhaijaan and Sultan follow Bahubali and another Amir Khan starrer Dhoom 3 rounds out the top 5. Other entrants on the list are pretty surprising as well, most notably the universally panned Prem Ratan Dhan Payo. One takeaway from this week's chart is that earnings and quality do not necessarily go hand in hand.