Indian films have been released in overseas markets since the 1940s. The first Indian film to have been worldwide released was Aan(1952). Today, the overseas market has become such an important factor in determining the success of a film. We would like to present you the top 15 films which collected the highest gross in the overseas market, take a look.
Here’s A List of All Time Top 15 Highest Grossing Indian Films Overseas
Rank 1: Dangal (2016)
Overseas gross: $260 million
Starring: Aamir Khan, Sakshi Tanwar, Fatima Sana Shaikh, Zaira Wasim, Sanya Malhotra
Mahavir Singh Phogat, a former wrestler, decides to fulfill his dream of winning a gold medal for his country by training his daughters for the Commonwealth Games despite the existing social stigmas.
Rank 2: Secret Superstar (2017)
Overseas gross: $140 million
Starring: Zaira Wasim, Aamir Khan, Meher Vij, Raj Arjun
Insia, an ambitious young girl, dreams of becoming a singer but faces opposition from her father. Undeterred, she strives to follow her passion by anonymously posting her songs on the Internet.
Rank 3: Bajrangi Bhaijaan (2015)
Overseas gross: $80.4 million
Starring: Salman Khan, Harshaali Malhotra, Nawazuddin Siddiqui Kareena Kapoor Khan
A young mute girl from Pakistan loses herself in India with no way to head back. A devoted man with a magnanimous spirit undertakes the task to get her back to her motherland and unite her with her family.
Rank 4: Disco Dancer (1982)
Overseas gross: $75.85 million
Starring: Mithun Chakraborty, Kim, Rajesh Khanna
Anil, a street singer, is humiliated and driven out of Bombay along with his mother. However, he soon becomes a famous performer but the enemies from his past try to destroy his hard-earned career.
Rank 5: Baahubali 2: The Conclusion (2017)
Overseas gross: $59.34 million
Starring: Prabhas, Rana Daggubati, Anushka Shetty, Tamannaah, Ramya Krishna, Sathyaraj, Nassar, Subbaraju
When Bhallaladeva conspires against his brother to become the king of Mahishmati, he has him killed by Katappa and imprisons his wife. Years later, his brother’s son returns to avenge his father’s death.
Rank 6: PK (2014)
Overseas gross: $53.4 million
Starring: Aamir Khan, Anushka Sharma, Sushant Singh Rajput, Boman Irani, Saurabh Shukla, Sanjay Dutt
A stranger in the city asks questions no one has asked before. Known only by his initials, the man’s innocent questions and childlike curiosity take him on a journey of love, laughter, and letting go.
Rank 7: Andhadun (2018)
Overseas gross: $50.28 million
Starring: Tabu, Ayushmann Khurrana, Radhika Apte, Anil Dhawan
Akash, a piano player pretending to be visually impaired, unwittingly becomes entangled in a number of problems as he witnesses the murder of a former film actor.
Rank 8: Caravan (1971)
Overseas gross: $39 million
Starring: Jeetendra, Asha Parekh
When Sunita’s husband tries to kill her, she escapes and tries to reach a friend in Bangalore. Penniless, she unwillingly joins a traveling gypsy caravan and falls in love with the driver Mohan.
Rank 9: Hindi Medium (2017)
Overseas gross: $36.52 million
Starring: Irrfan Khan, Saba Qamar, Dishita Sehgal, Deepak Dobriyal, Amrita Singh
Raj and Mita Batra yearn to get Pia, their daughter, educated at a posh school. When they learn that their background is holding her back, they are willing to go to any lengths to change her fate.
Dhoom 3 (2013)
Overseas gross: $35.6 million
Starring: Aamir Khan, Abhishek Bachchan, Katrina Kaif, Uday Chopra, Siddharth Nigam, Jackie Shroff
Sahir, a circus entertainer, robs a corrupt bank in Chicago in order to avenge his father’s death. However, his troubles increase when Inspector Jai and Ali suspect him of the robbery.
Rank 11: 3 Idiots (2009)
Overseas gross: $30.5 million
Starring: Aamir Khan, R. Madhavan, Sharman Joshi, Kareena Kapoor, Boman Irani
In college, Farhan and Raju form a great bond with Rancho due to his positive and refreshing outlook on life. Years later, a bet gives them a chance to look for their long-lost friend whose existence seems rather elusive.
Rank 12: Dilwale (2015)
Overseas gross: $30.2 million
Starring: Shah Rukh Khan, Kajol
Varun Dhawan, Kriti Sanon
Raj and Meera fall in love but are forced to stay away from each other as they belong to rival mafia families. Years later, they get a second chance when their siblings fall for each other.
Rank 13: Sultan (2016)
Overseas gross: $29.82 million
Starring: Salman Khan, Anushka Sharma
After the death of his son, Sultan Ali Khan, a middle-aged wrestler, gives up the sport. Years later, he sets out to revive his career as he needs the prize money and wants to regain his lost respect.
Rank 14: RRR (2022)
Overseas gross: $29.64 million
Starring: N. T. Rama Rao Jr., Ram Charan, Ajay Devgn, Alia Bhatt, Shriya Saran, Samuthirakani, Olivia Morris
A fearless revolutionary and an officer in the British force, who once shared a deep bond, decide to join forces and chart out an inspirational path of freedom against the despotic rulers.
Rank 15: Padmaavat (2018)
Overseas gross: $29.14 million
Starring: Deepika Padukone, Shahid Kapoor, Ranveer Singh, Aditi Rao Hydari
In medieval India, a tyrannical sultan and his army attack a prosperous kingdom to try and capture the beautiful Queen Padmavati. Her husband Maharawal Ratan Singh assembles his valiant forces to defend his land and the honor of his beloved wife.