This film is the most successful sports movie franchise spawning five sequels, as recently as 2006’s Rocky Balboa, making the writer and star, Sylvester Stallone, a very rich man. The story centers around a small time boxer who gets the chance to fight the undefeated heavyweight champion in a title fight and goes from an unknown to the epitome of a rags to riches successful story.
The movie also starred Talia Shire, Burt Young, Carl Weathers and Burgess Meredith. The first Rocky comes in at number 5 domestically grossing a total of $117,235,147.
The only sports movie that is based on an animal that is listed in the top 5 grossing. Seabiscuit starred Tobey Maguire, Jeff Bridges, Chris Cooper, William H. Macy and Elizabeth Banks and tells the story of a thoroughbred race horse that was successful during the Great Depression. As of this date, the movie has grossed $120,277,854 domestically.
Rocky III 1983
The second sequel to Rocky launched the career of Laurence Tureaud, oh, excuse me, you know him as Mr. T. The movie also spawned one of the most recognizable rally songs ever produced in Survivor’s ‘Eye of the Tiger’. Co-starring alongside Mr. T and Sylvester were Carl Weathers, Talia Shire, Burt Young, Burgess Meredith and Tony Burton. The third installment of this film grossed $125,049,125.
Rocky IV 1985
Three years later, the most successful Rocky film ever, was also the most patriotic. Remember ‘Living in America’ by James Brown? The movie where Apollo Creed (Carl Weathers) died at the hands of Ivan Dragho (played magnificently by Dolph Lundgren) pitting the United States versus powerhouse Russia? The movie, which also starred Burt Young, Talia Shire, Tony Burton and Brigitte Nielsen grossed $127,873,716.
The Blind Side 2009
This football movie starred Sandra Bullock, Tim McGraw, Quinton Aaron and Kathy Bates and is based on the true life story of Baltimore Ravens’ offensive lineman, Michael Oher. It grossed $255,959,475, which more than doubles the closest movie on this list.