It’s not news that Bollywood movies are catching the global eye for their stories as well as their Desi essence of leg-tapping song and dance. The Hindi film industry has been producing thought-provoking, yet entertaining storylines and has garnered a huge number of fans in the US both Indian and non-Indians. In fact, there have been quite a number of films that have made it big even in the US Box Office and have been loved by the audience here too.
We bring you the list of the top 10 highest grossing Bollywood movies in the US:
1. Baahubali 2: The Conclusion (2017)
This huge blockbuster directed by S.S. Rajamouli not just grossed over Rs. 1000 crore in India, but also made a whopping $13 million in just one week in the US. The larger-than-life storyline and amazing cinematography stays etched in each and everyone’s mind even after 3 years of its release and has been the highest grossing Indian movie in the US at $21.3 million.
2. Dangal (2016)
With the perfectionist, Amir Khan at the helm, this movie by Nitesh Tiwari became a craze all over the world. It grossed a total of $12.37 million in the US, reinstating the belief that emotional human stories of success still resounds with the audience the most.
3. Padmavaat (2018)
This epic drama by Sanjay Leela Bhansali was one of the most controversial Bollywood movies of his career, but it grossed over $12.1 million in the US. Set in Rajasthan, this story of love, lust, and power seems to have struck a chord with the audience. The superb picturization and direction of Bhansali have always been commendable.
4. PK (2014)
Another one from the Amir Khan camp, this Rajkumar Hirani movie was Bollywood’s attempt to humanize aliens on Earth, well, because this alien actually landed in India and not the US. Though this movie raised many controversial questions about the existence of God, it did manage to earn a whopping $10.58 million in the US.
5. Baahubali: The Beginning (2015)
Director S.S. Rajamouli’s foray into this fantastical drama was compared to the Game of Thrones and it really caught the imagination of millions around the world. At $8.46 million, this movie was a revelation from India.
6. Bajrangi Bhaijaan (2015)
Salman Khan is always known for being all heart and in this movie, he stole hearts by being his warm and fuzzy self with the little girl and talking about love over boundaries and the continuing enmity between India and Pakistan. This Kabir Khan directorial grossed $8.13 million at the US Box Office.
7. Dhoom 3 (2013)
The Indian version of the Fast and Furious was licked up by the US audience. The brand Dhoom has been quite famous in India and the appeal of Amir Khan and Katrina Kaif made this sequel a hit, grossing $8.12 million.
8. Bajirao Mastani (2015)
People actually fell in love with Ranveer Singh and Deepika Padukone with this movie. With the usual charm of Sanjay Leela Bhansali movies, the on-screen and off-screen love saga of Ranveer and Deepika got this movie to earn $6.57 million in the US.
9. 3 Idiots (2009)
Seems like Rajkumar Hirani can never go wrong with his movies and when it involves Amir Khan the expectations of the audience is always high. This movie was very relatable to most Indians at the Silicon Valley and no wonder it became one of the best movies to date grossing over $6.48 million.
10. Sultan (2016)
With Salman Khan and Anushka Sharma, this classic story of the underdog sports person and his eventual success had the perfect dose of emotion, love, action, and drama. It grossed $6.20 million in the US.