Salman Khan’s Box Office presence is tremendous and he is way ahead of Shah Rukh Khan, Aamir Khan, Akshay Kumar and Ajay Devgn in the hit race
In an industry where a film star’s relevance shifts every Friday, it is difficult to figure out the biggest superstar of India. With Salman Khan, Shah Rukh Khan, Aamir Khan, Akshay Kumar, Hrithik Roshan, and Ajay Devgn still going strong as far as their Box Office pull is concerned, the battle to be at the top would never end in this industry.A lot has changed in the industry in the past seven years. While Shah Rukh Khan was the top superstar at the start of this decade, things took a massive U-Turn with the superstar struggling to even hold the number three at the Box Office. Akshay, on the other hand, has been churning out one hit after the other.Here’s our ranking of current top superstars of Bollywood (2010 – 2017):
No. 1 – Salman Khan:
Despite the failure of Tubelight, Salman Khan still remains the most bankable star of Bollywood. His successful run at Box Office is probably one of the best led by an actor in the history of Bollywood. Out of his 12 releases in this decade, eight films have turned out to be a huge blockbuster. In terms of the flops, Khan has been a part of only two flops in seven years: Veer and Tubelight.The only feat that Salman Khan hasn’t yet achieved in this decade is delivering an All Time Grosser, however, with a couple more years to go, it would be interesting to see if Khan manages to attain this feat as well. Salman’s consistency to deliver blockbusters and set records year after year has guaranteed him the number one position this decade. Khan’s biggest flop this decade, Tubelight too remains to be the biggest opener of the year till date, which speaks volumes about the stardom that Khan has witnessed. Salman also holds the record of delivering 11 consecutive Rs 100 crore-grossers – a feat that is bound to remain unchallenged for a long time.
It terms of footfalls, Salman Khan has sold 25.75 crore tickets, which is the highest for any actor with average ticket sale per film falling in the range of 2.14 crore tickets. To put things in perspective, the number of tickets sold by 12 Salman Khan films are more than the number of tickets sold by 26 Akshay Kumar films.No. 2 – Aamir Khan:
While many may argue that Aamir Khan ought to be the number one star of this decade, owing to the superstar’s ability to deliver All Time Grossers at regular intervals, we find the actor to be trailing, though only slightly, behind Salman Khan. The primary reason for losing out on the number one position is the magnitude of releases Aamir has had this decade.Aamir Khan has acted in a total of five films in seven years, which also includes an art film Dobhi Ghaat. If we measure the success of Dangal and with the failure of Tubelight, he indeed seems to be the biggest Box Office draw, however, if we look at the decade in totality, the actor loses the battle against Salman Khan by a small margin. By the time, Aamir Khan’s next film, Thugs of Hindostan releases, Salman, in all possibilities, would have another blockbuster to his credit in the form of Tiger Zinda Hai.
Aamir Khan’s run at the Box Office this decade has been historic, to say the least, as the superstar has delivered three All Time Grossers and has sold approximately 11.43 crore tickets. The average number of tickets sold per film is 22.86 crore.