Shah Rukh Khan’s Blockbuster Trio: ‘Dunki’ Surpasses Lifetime Gross of ‘Chennai Express’

Mumbai, India – Shah Rukh Khan, the iconic Bollywood actor, experienced a highly successful year in 2023. His three blockbuster films, ‘Pathaan’, ‘Jawan’, and ‘Dunki’, have catapulted him to new heights in his career. These movies have not only resonated with audiences but have also become the three biggest hits of Khan’s illustrious career thus far.

According to Red Chillies Entertainment, the production house behind the films, ‘Dunki’ directed by Rajkumar Hirani, has amassed an impressive 422.99 crore rupees at the global box office. This remarkable achievement positions ‘Dunki’ to surpass the lifetime gross of Khan’s previous hit film, ‘Chennai Express,’ which stood at 423 crores. Ranking as the third-largest hit of Khan’s career, ‘Dunki’ joins the ranks of ‘Jawan’ and ‘Pathaan’ in securing the actor’s dominance in 2023.

Though ‘Dunki’ features acclaimed actors Taapsee Pannu and Vicky Kaushal, it falls short of matching the box office success of Hirani’s previous works. Notably, ‘Sanju’, starring Ranbir Kapoor, grossed 588 crores globally during its 2017 theatrical run, while ‘PK’, featuring Aamir Khan, achieved a total gross of 769.89 crores in 2014. Despite its steady performance, ‘Dunki’ faces a challenging task of surpassing the 500 crore milestone, especially with the release of two highly anticipated films – ‘Merry Christmas’ and ‘Fighter’ – set to hit theaters this month.

It is worth noting that the last Rajkumar Hirani film to fall short of the 500 crore benchmark was ‘3 Idiots’ in 2009. Heading into the future, Khan has not yet announced his next project. However, reports indicate that he will make an extended cameo appearance in Sujoy Ghosh’s upcoming film, which stars his daughter, Suhana Khan.

In summary, Shah Rukh Khan’s dominance in the film industry in 2023 is undeniable. His films ‘Pathaan’, ‘Jawan’, and ‘Dunki’ have not only captivated audiences but have also become the three highest-grossing films of his career. With ‘Dunki’ on the verge of surpassing the lifetime earnings of ‘Chennai Express’, Khan continues to solidify his position as one of Bollywood’s biggest stars.