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Top Money Earning Adam Sandler Movies

Updated on September 17, 2013
The Waterboy
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Adam Sandler is one of the most successful and bankable comedians in Hollywood. He is also a writer, producer, and founder of Happy Madison Productions, but he is best known for playing ridiculous man-boy roles onscreen. Sandler has acted in twenty-three films, which have grossed $2.2 billion dollars at the box office. Even though he began appearing in feature films in 1992, none of his movies topped the $100 million mark until 1998’s The Waterboy.

This list includes Adam Sandler’s highest earning movies, not my personal favorites (otherwise, The Wedding Singer would definitely be on here). This list covers releases from 1992-September 2013, and does not include cameos.

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1. Big Daddy

Big Daddy was released in 3,027 theaters on June 25, 1999 and quickly earned over $41 million.  Steve Franks came up with the story, and penned the screenplay with Tim Herlihy and Adam Sander. Interestingly, Adam Sandler won the MTV Movie Award for Best Comedic Performance as well as the Razzie Award for Worst Actor for his portrayal of Sonny Koufax.  He also received MTV nominations for Best Male Performance and Best On-Screen Duo with Cole and Dylan Sprouse.  The Razzies were ever-so generous in handing nominations to Big Daddy, including Worst Director (Dennis Dugan), Worst Picture, Worst Screenplay, and Worst Supporting Actor (Rob Schneider).   Obviously, audiences didn’t agree with the Razzies and the film grossed $163 million during its box office run.

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2. Grown Ups

Grown Ups, released on June 25, 2010, reunited Adam Sandler with SNL alums Chris Rock, David Spade, and Rob Schneider, as well as his I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry costar, Kevin James.  This comedic star power helped the movie garner $40.5 million its opening weekend and $162 million overall at the box office.  Dennis Dugan directed and Adam Sandler and Fred Wolf authored the script.  While it’s too early to tell what other honors it will receive, Grown Ups was nominated for Choice Summer Movie at the Teen Choice Awards, and Adam Sandler picked up a nom for Choice Summer Movie Star.

3. The Waterboy

The Waterboy splashed into theaters on November 6, 1998 to the tune of $39 million its opening weekend.  Adam Sandler teamed up with Tim Herlihy to write the screenplay, and Frank Coraci directed.  This winning combination helped the movie earn more than $161 million during its theatrical run.  The MTV Movie Awards showed Adam Sandler much love with a Best Comedic Performance Award and a nomination for Best Male Performance.  However, he was also recognized with a nomination for the Razzie Award for Worst Actor.

4. The Longest Yard (2005)

In The Longest Yard, Adam Sandler stepped into the role of Paul Crewe, originally made famous by Burt Reynolds in 1974.   Peter Segal directed the reboot, released May 27, 2005, which earned $47.6 million its opening weekend and $158 million overall.  Sheldon Turner updated the screenplay written by Tracy Keenan Wynn with story credit given to Albert S. Ruddy.  Burt Reynolds portrayed Coach Nate Scarborough, for which he received a Razzie nomination for Worst Supporting Actor (can’t win ‘em all, coach!).  Meanwhile, Adam Sandler and Nelly were nominated for MTV Movie Awards for Best Comedic Performance and Best Breakthrough Performance, respectively.

5. Hotel Transylvania

Hotel Transylvania is an animated film featuring the voice of Adam Sandler as Count Dracula. It was released in theaters on September 28, 2012 to an impressive $42.5 million, and went on to gross $148 million during its theatrical run. The movie reunites Sandler with his I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry and Grown Ups co-star, Kevin James, who voices Frankenstein. Peter Baynham and Robert Smigel penned the screenplay with story credit going to Todd Durham, Dan Hageman, and Kevin Hageman. Genndy Tartakovsky directed Hotel Transylvania which was nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Animated Film. Adam Sandler took home the Blimp for Favorite Voice from an Animated Movie at the Kids’ Choice Awards.

Adam Sandler in Click
Adam Sandler in Click | Source

6. Click

Click was released in theaters on June 23, 2006 to a solid $40 million opening weekend. Frank Coraci directed the film, which was written by Steven Koren and Mark O’Keefe. The movie was recognized at the Academy Awards with a nomination for Best Makeup (Kazuhiro Tsuji/Bill Corso), and Adam Sandler received a nomination at the MTV Movie Awards for Best Comedic Performance. Click was well-received by audiences and picked up the People’s Choice Award for Favorite Movie Comedy, and earned $137 million in theaters.

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      Frank Atanacio 2 years ago from Shelton

      Ive always liked Sandler

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      Megavitamin 6 years ago

      Interestingly, Happy Gilmore didn't make much in the theaters ($38 million its entire run). Luckily drunkards like you and I have watched it repeatedly on DVD, thus making it a cult classic. So drink on, my friend, and enjoy all your favorite Sandler movies :0)

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      Old Man Salas 6 years ago

      I'm really surprised Happy Gilmore didn't make the list. Although, to be honest, even though I've seen the movie just shy of 4,000 times, I don't think any one of those times was in the theater (or sober).