Top 10 Bollywood films of 2011 [Commercial Success]


Yearly countdown lists are incomplete without Bollywood coming into the picture. A first of sorts on, this list takes a look at the top Bollywood films of 2011 purely from the commercial point of view, in no particular order.

[Note: We have taken approx. gross earnings figures from Wikipedia, as they are the most recent earning figures. ]


The Top 10 Bollywood Films of 2011


Dir: Anubhav Sinha

This is the second time that Shahrukh Khan has dared to venture with a ‘different subject’ under his own production label after Asoka. With Ra.One, Shahrukh Khan went berserk with the marketing and promotion of the movie but didn’t manage to ring in the cash registers as much as expected. But the film gets a place in this list because even if the movie was below expectation, it did tremendous amount of business, especially outside India!

Gross Earnings: 240 Crore Worldwide [Source]



Dir: Siddique


After Dabangg in 2010 and Wanted in 2009, Salman Khan has been expected to dole out hits one after the other and surprisingly so, in the same genre of action packed films. Bodyguard did not create the same waves in terms of monies as Khan’s previous blockbusters, but it received a mega domestic opening of Rs. 22 crore on the very first day.

Gross Earnings: 229 Crore (approx) [Source]

znmdZindagi Na Milegi Dobara

Dir: Zoya Akhtar

‘I Need Spain’ – the tourism campaign of Spain worked wonders with ZNMD being shot in the most serenading landscapes of the country. Although the movie had striking resemblance to the slice of life style and humor that was seen in Farhan Akhtar’s Dil Chahta Hai, his sister Zoya managed to hold her won with a well scripted film about love, life, relationships and bachelorhood that grossed an approximate of Rs. 52.5 crores worldwide in the very first weekend of release.

Gross Earnings: 152 Crore (approx) [source]




The Dirty Picture

Dir: Milan Luthria

After the revolutionary low budget ‘indie’ movie Love, Sex Aur Dhokha, ALT Entertainment has churned out yet another niche, low budget movie that has more than just tickled the masses. While Vidya Balan portrayed the oomph and the character of Silk Smitha, Ekta Kapoor once again managed to get the moolah flowing with a gross collection of Rs. 20.32 crore at the box office in India alone.


Gross Earnings: 73 Crore approx. (Till Date) [source]




Dir: Anees Bazmee


This romantic comedy drama of mistaken identity set mostly in Thailand has yet again swooned Salman Khan fans. The movie may not have had the freshness of character as seen with Chulbul Pandey in Dabanng, but the film did manage to get a domestic weekend gross of 40.5 crore.


Gross Earnings: 179 Crore approx. worldwide [source]



Dir: Rohit Shetty


If you like dialogue-baazi, preposterous amounts of action and worship-worthy heroism in Hindi movies, Singham is the movie you should see. Rohit Shetty made a great move to drift into a completely different subject after his rom-com trilogy of Golmaal. Singham found its takers in the B centres of India and grossed an approximate of Rs. 44.2 crores in the opening weekend in India.

Gross Earnings: 112 Crore approx. worldwide [source]


Murder 2Murder 2

Dir: Mohit Suri


One more sensuous product from the Bhatt camp, Murder 2 banked on Emraan Hashmi and a great musical score to pull crowds to the multiplexes. Screams twists in the story, a sexy item number and an oomph-oozing Jacqueline Fernandez made the right combination to help the movie gross an approximate of Rs. 35 crore in its opening weekend.


Gross Earnings: 92 Crore approx. worldwide [source]


delhi belly

Delhi Belly

Dir: Abhinay Deo


Aamir Khan once again proved that he is the Midas King and whatever he touches becomes gold. Delhi Belly was quit a risk for him as a producer as it had fairly new actors (except Imran Khan) and risqué language. Shot in a style that exposed the underbelly of Delhi, the film tickled the ribs of the masses at the right spots and grossed an approximate of Rs. 26.4 crore over the opening weekend.

Gross Earnings: 92 Crore approx. worldwide [source]



Dir: Imtiaz Ali

When Imtiaz Ali makes a movie, he is expected to create ripples both at the BO and with the critics. Rockstar was declared a ‘semi-hit’ but brought in great amounts of accolades for Ranbir Kapoor. From playing a college boy, a passionate lover and a destructive musician, Rockstar gave Kapoor many roles in one movie to dabble with.

Gross Earnings: 92 Crore approx. worldwide [source]



don-2Don 2

Dir: Farhan Akhtar

Hitting cinemas across India on the 25th December, 2011 Shahrukh Khan is ready to be seen in the credit list of the Actor as well as the Producer for Don 2. Shot mostly in Berlin, Akhtar plans to take this chase story one level ahead with more CG, more technical spectacle and chutzpah. This mega movie is expected to close the year with great collection that only time will tell. But Don 2 is definitely a movie well worthy of being in this list. It is also a movie which is made with a budget of 75 Crore and is expected to earn over 100 crore at box office!

Gross Earnings: Yet to be released [source]

So there you have it – The Top 10 Bollywood Films of 2011 based on Commercial Success (Yes, we know Don 2 is not even released, but given Shahrukh’s presence and Don’s legacy it has to set cash registers ringing for sure!)

  1. pervez says

    don 2 is the best film of 2011

  2. Sajjad Jamali says

    I not agry

  3. Aniket Salvi says

    not truee raitings.

  4. Muhammed Faiyaz Khan says


  5. Suhaib Sajid says

    looking smart

  6. Facility Management in India says

    commercial success is not a matter of concern these days but the real issue is the content of the movie. These days, filmmakers use aggressive marketing, star power to get commercial success, they are not focusing on the quality of the content that is why, if we look at the data, all movies earn only in first tow to three weeks and then drastically fall on the boxoffice. what you can expect from a movie which is totally dependent on star power and marketing only.

  7. deepu says

    this is one of the best business..

  8. Sandeep says

    Mistake – Bodyguard director is Siddique.

    1. Arun Prabhudesai says

      Dear Sandeep – Thanks for the letting us know about the mistake. We will rectify it shortly!

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