The 5 Highest-Grossing Sports Movies in History

Sylvestor Stallone poses at "Rocky Balboa" premiere

Sylvestor Stallone poses at “Rocky Balboa” premiere. | Carlos Alvarez/Getty Images

Part of the reason we love sports is because of the drama. When Cinderellas come out of nowhere to bust a bracket or unlikely heroes rise up to hit the big shot, we can’t help but feel a sense of connection. There is something truly exhilarating about witnessing big-time moments that may never happen again. Sports provides us with plenty of them, which is why it should come as no surprise that Hollywood loves to use these stories.

As you likely already know, sports movies tend to be pretty popular. However, that’s hardly all they are. Sports films also have the tendency to be fairly lucrative. As Forbes notes, 11 of these particular films have managed to gross at least $100 million U.S. box office sales. Of course, as always, some films will bring in more cash than others. With that in mind, here’s a look at the five highest-grossing sports movies in history.

5. Rocky III (1982)


Domestic gross: $125,049,125

Real fans of the franchise would never be foolish enough to put Rocky III ahead of the original, but that doesn’t make this flick any less entertaining. Not only does Sylvestor Stallone — now the champion of the world — get beyond jacked for this third installment, but he also has to deal with the unpredictable Clubber Lang (Mr. T), an insane challenger with only one goal in mind: pain. Let the montages continue.