Curious to know what the highest-grossing sports comedy of all time is? Well, you’re in luck! Below, you’ll find a list of the top ten highest-grossing sports comedies ever made (domestic box office).
If this list teaches us anything, it’s that people really seem to like watching Adam Sandler and Will Ferrell play sports. Films by these funny men take up the first four spots on our list. Moviegoers also seem to like a variety of sports – our list includes everything from football and baseball, to dodgeball and competitive cheer. And beyond that, many of the highest-grossing sports comedies came after the year 2000, though a few classics did make the cut as well.
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What Is the Highest-Grossing Sports Comedy of All Time?
1. The Waterboy (1998) – $161,491,646
A critical flop and box office success, The Waterboy is the story of a simple-minded college football waterboy whose unique tackling ability earns him a spot on the team. Made on a budget of $20 million, and full of memorable scenes and quotes, the film exceeded expectations to become one of Adam Sandler’s more memorable works.
2. The Longest Yard (2005) – $158,119,460
Another Sandler film, The Longest Yard is a remake of a 1974 film of the same name. Featuring an ensemble cast comprised of many former athletes, the movie centers on a group of prison inmates who form a football team to challenge the prison guards. While it did surprisingly well at the box office, most critics felt the original was better.
3. Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby (2006) – $148,213,377
Featuring strong acting performances, clever satire, and plenty of laughs, Talladega Nights might be Will Ferrell at his finest. Ferrell plays NASCAR champ Ricky Bobby, who dominates the racing world with the help of friend and teammate Cal Naughton, Jr. But Bobby’s talent is put to the test when a French Formula One driver begins to make waves in the world of NASCAR.
4. Blades of Glory (2007) – $118,594,548
Blades of Glory is another Ferrell flick packed full of comedy. It tells the story of two Olympic figure skating rivals who are permanently stripped of their gold medals and banned from men’s single competition. Through a loophole, however, the two men are able to qualify as a pairs team. Featuring a strong supporting performance from Jon Heder, Blades of Glory was a box office and critical success.
5. DodgeBall: A True Underdog Story (2004) – $114,326,736
Starring Vince Vaughn and a scene-stealing Ben Stiller, DodgeBall tells the story of a group of misfits who enter a dodgeball tournament in order to save their unpretentious local gym from the clutches of the corporate Globo Gym. While not the first sport that comes to most people’s minds, DodgeBall offers a hilarious parody of gym culture and the world of competitive sports.
6. Nacho Libre (2006) – $80,197,993
Forbidden by the monastery at which he works, a monk decides to follow his dream of becoming a professional wrestler by moonlighting as a Luchador. While it was panned by many critics, Nacho Libre was a commercial success and popular among adolescents. The film has a few laughs thanks to an energetic performance from Jack Black.
7. White Men Can’t Jump (1992) – $76,253,806
Many sports comedies seem familiar and unoriginal, but White Men Can’t Jump offers a fresh take on the sports comedy genre. It’s about two hustlers, one black and one white, who join forces to double their chances of winning money in the world of street basketball. Anchored by stellar acting performances from Wesley Snipes and Woody Harrelson, the film continues to be a favorite among many.
8. Cool Runnings (1993) – $68,856,263
Loosely based on a true story, Cool Runnings was a classic for any kid growing up in the ‘90s. After a Jamaican sprinter is disqualified from the Summer Olympic Games, he enlists the help of a disgraced American coach to start the first ever Jamaican Bobsled Team. With well-timed humor and an uplifting story-line, Cool Runnings is a must watch for any sports fan.
9. Bring It On (2000) – $68,379,000
Bring It On gives viewers a look into the craziness that is competitive cheerleading. In the film, a champion high school cheer team realizes that all their best routines had previously been stolen from an inner-city school, and they must scramble to put together something fresh. Despite its predictable plot, Bring It On is noteworthy for its depiction of competitive women and the differences shown between class and race. There’s some sassy humor as well.
10. The Benchwarmers (2006) – $59,843,754
Starring Rob Schneider, David Spade, and Jon Heder, The Benchwarmers is about a trio of guys who make up for missed childhood opportunities by forming a three-player baseball team to compete against kids. The film was a surprise box office success, though critics were tougher on this film than perhaps any other on our list.
Just missed the cut: Tin Cup ($53,854,588), Kicking and Screaming ($52,842,724), Bull Durham ($50,888,729), Major League ($49,797,148), The Replacements ($44,737,059).
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