Box Office Star Analysis: Kareena Kapoor Khan

Ahead of the release of Ki and Ka, let’s see how star Kareena Kapoor Khan has fared at the North American box office over the course of her sixteen-year career. I’ve been able to find box office information for 29 of her films, with one notable exception: 2007’s Jab We Met. Though Kapoor Khan is a popular performer in item numbers, I ignored those cameos to focus on films in which her role is substantial.

KareenaKapoorFullChartThe phenomenal success of movies like Bajrangi Bhaijaan and 3 Idiots stretch the chart and make it a little hard to tell, but eleven of Kapoor Khan’s films have earned more than $1 million in the United States and Canada. Since 2009, all but one of her fourteen films — Gori Tere Pyaar Mein — earned at least $500,000.

This box office success reflects not just Kapoor Khan’s own popularity but her knack for choosing bankable co-stars. She’s had particular success working with the big three Khans: Aamir, Salman, and Shahrukh. The seven films she’s done with them have combined total earnings of $24,965,775 in North America, compared to a total of $13,378,527 from the twenty-two films she’s made without them. In addition to her success with the Khans, three of the six movies she’s starred in with Ajay Devgn have made over $1 million: Omkara, Golmaal 3, and Singham Returns.

The median Kareena Kapoor Khan movie earns a total of $638,144, with $389,901 coming in the first weekend. Let’s see if Ki and Ka keeps her hot-streak alive.

Sources: Box Office Mojo and Bollywood Hungama

6 thoughts on “Box Office Star Analysis: Kareena Kapoor Khan

  1. Karma

    I just want to go on record and say that Jab We Met is the greatest movie ever made. There.. I said it! I stand by my convictions. 🙂


  2. Paul Smithson

    I agree with Karma. Jab We Met is an excellent film. I don’t think I’d go so far as to say it is the greatest movie ever made, but it is definitely worthy of lofty praise.

    Thanks for the insightful post Kathy. Interesting to see the impact of the three Khans, although with or without the Khans, I think she is an excellent actress. One of my favorites (which did star a Khan) was Talaash. I thought she played her part superbly in that.

    And although I fear sounding terribly sexist, she brightens up the screen in even the dullest movie.

      1. Paul Smithson

        I haven’t seen it yet, and doubt I will. I saw the trailers the other week and figured it be Bollywood’s answer to the chick-flick, but after reading your review I definitely think I will skip it. By the way, you were totally right with your Kapoor & Co review the other week. My wife and I both loved it.


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