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Classic Sports Box Office Hits: 10 Films That Made the Most Money

By    |   Thursday, 23 Apr 2015 11:29 AM

Sports movies often tell the story of underdogs who beat the odds. When filmmakers get it right, the result is often a story that remains popular long after the movie ends its run in the theater.

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According to The Richest and Black Enterprise.com, these are the sports movies that grossed the most money at the domestic box office:

“The Blind Side” (2009)
$305,705,795

Based on the life of pro football player Michael Oher, the story follows his rise from poverty and homelessness to being adopted and making it against the odds in the National Football League. The film was one of the highest grossing sports movies of all time and received wide praise from critics.

“Rocky IV” (1985)
$300,373,716

This is the fourth—and most successful—film in the Rocky series. It follows the now veteran World Champion, Rocky Balboa, seeking revenge for the in-ring death of his best friend, Apollo Creed.

“Space Jam” (1996)
$250,200,000

“Space Jam” is an animated/live action sports comedy that is a fictional story of the first retirement and return to the National Basketball Association of basketball superstar, Michael Jordan. Featuring other NBA stars, this was one of the few sports movies to open at number one.

“Million Dollar Baby” (2004)
$232,016,402

One of a limited number of sports movies that focuses on a female athlete, Million Dollar Baby revolves around a boxing trainer and a determined young woman who dreams of becoming a professional boxer.

“Rocky” (1976)
$225,000,000

This movie is considered by many to be one of the greatest sports movies of all time. It’s the ultimate underdog story. It was also a massive commercial success and the highest grossing film of 1976. The film won three Academy Awards for Best Picture, Director and Editing.

“Rocky II” (1979)
$200,182,160

The sequel was a massive success and is considered one of the best films in 1979. It also was one of the top three highest grossing films of 1979.

“The Longest Yard” (2005)
$190,320,568

This comedy about a disgraced NFL quarterback, who is sent to prison, was a financial success at the box office in its opening weekend.

“Waterboy” (1998)
$190,191,646

This comedy centers on Bobby Boucher, a stuttering and socially awkward waterboy who has anger issues. At the time, this movie was one of actor Adam Sandler’s most financially successful movies at the box office.

“Seabiscuit” (2003)
$148,715,342

This true story of a thoroughbred race horse during the Great Depression, who was too small and broken down to compete in racing competitions, is considered to be among the most inspirational sports movies ever made.

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“Blades of Glory” (2007)
$145,594,548

A comedy about two figure skating rivals that pair up as teammates, this film received mostly positive reviews from critics.

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Sports movies often tell the story of underdogs who beat the odds. When filmmakers get it right, the result shows at the box office and is often a story that remains popular long after the movie ends its run in the theater.
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