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Bollywood No Match for Hollywood in Riches

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Bollywood may well be the world's largest film factory in the world, but when it comes money it cannot hold a candle to the World's richest film machine of Hollywood.

The biggest Indian blockbuster ever Sholay (1975), starring Amitabh Bachchan raked in under $54 million in 2006 dollars. That would be considered tepid, or even a flop in Hollywood. By contrast, the biggest Hollywood film of all times, Gone With the Wind grossed 25-times much, or over $1.3 billion.

On average, Hollywood blockbusters grossed 33 times as much as
Bollywood ones. Here's how the top 20 blockbusters stacked up.



















 
TOP GROSSING BOLLYWOOD FILMS
Rank Film Name Year Adjusted Gross (Mil)
1 Sholay 1975 $53.50
2 Hum Aapke Hai Kaun 1994 $28.60
3 Mother India 1957 $27.30
4 Mughal E Azam 1960 $24.10
5 Muqaddar Ka Sikandar 1978 $23.70
6 Aradhana 1969 $21.90
7 Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge 1995 $21.60
8 Dhoom 2 2006 $19.80
9 Bobby 1973 $19.70
10 Amar Akbar Anthony 1977 $19.60
11 Krrish 2006 $19.30
12 Sangam 1964 $19.00
13 Gadar 2001 $18.80
14 Raja Hindustani 1996 $17.80
15 Dharam Veer 1977 $17.50
16 Ganga Jamuna 1961 $17.20
17 Do Raaste 1969 $17.00
18 Johnny Mera Naam 1970 $16.30
19 Naya Daur 1957 $16.20
20 Trishul 1978 $16.10
Average Gross Top 20 $21.80

  
TOP GROSSING HOLLYWOOD FILMS
Rank Film Name Year Adjusted Gross (Mil)
1 Gone With the Wind 1939 $1,333.30
2 Star Wars 1977 $1,152.60
3 The Sound of Music 1965 $925.10
4 E.T. 1982 $914.90
5 Titanic 1997 $839.00
6 Jaws 1975 $832.00
7 Doctor Zhivago 1965 $786.60
8 The Jungle Book 1967 $703.70
9 Snow White & Seven Dwarfs 1937 $690.60
10 101 Dalmatians 1961 $666.70
11 The Exorcist 1973 $653.70
12 The Empire Strikes Back 1980 $623.80
13 Return of the Jedi 1983 $598.50
14 The Sting 1973 $578.00
15 Mary Poppins 1964 $554.50
16 Raiders of the Lost Ark 1981 $552.40
17 Jurassic Park 1993 $546.20
18 Star Wars: Episode I 1999 $543.90
19 The Graduate 1967 $542.20
20 The Godfather 1972 $503.40

Average Gross Top 20

$727.10

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Rustaveli April 15, 2007 at 11:35 AM
Your comparison draws close to saying that a 100m sprinter runs faster than a mile runner. It's an obvious fact that does need a full blown article. These sort of comparisons are just expressing cockeyed comparison not sure with what objective. It would have been wise if you had drawn parallels with a bit more of simple arithmetics involved regional languages movies, (total movie turnover)/(per capita income), (earning per movie)/(per capita income) etc etc. An article which reflects existence of "below poverty line" journalistic intelligence speaking metaphorically.
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