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Salman, Aamir, Arjun: TOP Earning Actors of 2014

By Joginder Tuteja
Last updated on: December 31, 2014 17:33 IST
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Arjun Kapoor beats Shah Rukh Khan, Hrithik Roshan and Akshay Kumar at the box office!

Like every year, 2014 has also been good for Bollywood's reigning superstars.

The younger bunch -- Arjun Kapoor, Ranveer Singh, Siddharth Malhotra and Varun Dhawan -- have added to the mix.

Here's a look at how much money the top actors made this year at the box office:

 

Salman Khan

Salman Khan in Kick

Image: Salman Khan in Kick

Box office collection: Kick: Rs 232 crore, Jai Ho: Rs116 crore. Total: Rs 348 crore

Missing in action right through 2013, Salman Khan was expected to score big with the first big release of 2014, Jai Ho. Though the film was panned by critics, it managed to earn decently at the box office.

Salman's Kick fared much better, amassing more than Rs 200 crore.

His overall collections were an impressive Rs 350 crore.

 

Aamir Khan

Aamir Khan in PK

Image: Aamir Khan in PK

Box office collection: PK: Rs 250+crore

After his last mega blockbuster Dhoom 3, Aamir made magic yet again with PK.

The film is doing great guns with records being created day after day. It may well cross the Rs 250 crore mark. 

 

Arjun Kapoor

Arjun Kapoor in Finding Fanny

Image: Arjun Kapoor in Finding Fanny

Box office collection: 2 States: 102 crore, Gunday: 79 crore, Finding Fanny: 32 crore. Total: 213 crore

The real surprise among the top 10 turned out to be Arjun Kapoor.

He started the year with Gunday that earned one of the best openings for a film starring actors from the young brigade.

Arjun stood the real test of time by scoring a century with 2 States.

Later, even in an experimental film Finding Fanny, he left his mark.

 

Shah Rukh Khan

Shah Rukh Khan in Happy New Year

Image: Shah Rukh Khan in Happy New Year

Box office collection: Happy New Year: Rs 202 crore

Shah Rukh Khan continued his unbeaten record by delivering yet another hit with Happy New Year. Though it didn't quite cover the distance his last release Chennai Express did, it was still a big enough success. 

 

Ajay Devgn

Ajay Devgn in Singham Returns

Image: Ajay Devgn in Singham Returns

Box office collection: Singham Returns: Rs 141 crore, Action Jackson: Rs 59 crore. Total: Rs 200 crore

Ajay Devgn continued his consistent run in 2014.

His Singham Returns took a record opening at the box office and at one point, it seemed the film would be a bumper success all over. It took a fall in the days to come, but it still earned a superhit status.

Action Jackson found some audience at the single screen theatres, resulting in Ajay closing 2014 with a Rs 200 crore total.

 

Akshay Kumar

Akshay Kumar in Entertainment

Image: Akshay Kumar in Entertainment

Box office collection: Holiday: Rs 112 crore, Entertainment: Rs 72 crore. Total: Rs 184 crore

Akshay Kumar was consistent as well.

He delivered a hit with Holiday, which also showcased him in a different light.

Entertainment turned out to be a decent success as well (it went on to create a record for satellite viewing).

 

Hrithik Roshan

Hrithik Roshan in Bang Bang

Image: Hrithik Roshan in Bang Bang

Box office collection: Bang Bang: Rs 181 crore

When the first promo of Bang Bang arrived and made a smash impression all over, it seemed that a 200 crore film was on the anvil. Though it fell just short of reaching that landmark, the film established Hrithik Roshan's superstar status all over again.

It was yet another massive success for the actor after Krrish 3.

 

Riteish Deshmukh

Riteish Deshmukh in Ek Villain

Image: Riteish Deshmukh in Ek Villain

Box office collection: Ek Villain: Rs 106 crore, Humshakals: Rs 65 crore. Total: Rs 171 crore

A new entrant on this list, Riteish Deshmukh has scored consistently for the last four years.

While he entered the 100 crore club with Grand Masti last year, this year he made a century with Ek Villain. In fact even though Humshakals went down after a good start, he was the best thing about it. No wonder, he has some interesting films lined up in 2015 too.

 

Sidharth Malhotra

Siddharth Malhotra in Hasee Toh Phasee

Image: Sidharth Malhotra in Hasee Toh Phasee

Box office collection: Ek Villain: Rs 106 crore, Hasee Toh Phasee: Rs 39 crore

For Sidharth Malhotra, 2014 was an important year.

He experimented with his choice of roles, and changed his chocolate boy image by playing two very diverse characters this year.

First, he went sober in Hasee Toh Phasee, which was made at a moderate budget and turned into a success.

Later, he tried his hand with the action thriller, Ek Villain.

 

Varun Dhawan

Varun Dhawan in Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhaniya

Image: Varun Dhawan in Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhaniya

Box office collection: Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhaniya: Rs 78 crore, Main Tera Hero: Rs 55 crore. Total: Rs 133 crore

After Student of the Year, Varun Dhawan was a part of two back-to-back feel good films.

He started the year with dad David Dhawan's Main Tera Hero and the formulaic film turned out to be a success.

Later, he scored bigger with Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhaniya, a modern day adaptation of Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge, which was lapped up by everyone.

 

Ranveer Singh

Ranveer Singh in Kill Dil

Image: Ranveer Singh in Kill Dil

Box office collection: Gunday: Rs 79 crore, Kill Dil: Rs 35 crore. Total: Rs 114 crore.

Ranveer Singh proved once again that he had it in him to pull in the audiences by starting the year well with Gunday. The film brought him some good reviews too.

His other release Kill Dil, however, did not fare as well.

(Cameos/special appearances haven't been taken under consideration. All collections as per producers/distributor sources.)

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