Adam Sandler is a veteran of the comedic acting world, having portrayed some of the most iconic characters in the history of cinema. Many of his movies have gone down in history as some of the funniest to ever hit the big screen.
While there is no denying that his more recent releases have struggled to live up to his previous work (with the less being said about Jack & Jill the better), he's still a beloved actor. With many unforgettable movies in his back catalog, within this article, we're looking at which of his movies have done the best at the box office and been the highest-grossing of his career.
10 Grown Ups 2 (Box Office: $133,668,525)
We kick start this list with Grown Ups 2, which brought in $133,668,525, at the box office, which isn't too surprising considering just how popular the original movie was, which helped it grow a major audience. With the same impressive cast, with several new faces as well, the movie continued some of the running jokes from the first movie while adding totally new material.
The film wasn't as good as the first, but it was still a funny movie and the fact that it beats out many classic Adam Sandler films shows just how popular it was.
9 Anger Management (Box Office: $135,645,823)
The fact that the movie only had an $83.5 million budget and was able to actually make $135,645,823 at the box office was a fantastic achievement, which is why it isn't a surprise the movie made it into Adam Sandler's 10 highest-grossing films.
Sandler stars alongside legendary actor, Jack Nicholson, and they have fantastic chemistry. Sandler's character has an abusive boss who always takes credit for his work. He winds up being sent to see Nicholson's character for anger management with the two men forming a real bromance as they prank each other to create angry moments in a very funny film.
8 Click (Box Office: $137,355,633)
Click managed to earn $137,355,633 at the box office. The movie is jam-packed with comedy and a lot of emotion, with the "death" scene producing a lot of tears inside movie theaters.
The film saw Adam Sandler's character pick up a mystery remote that can control life itself, allowing him to skip moments he doesn't like and also rewind things, creating some hilarious moments. The movie has an important message of not wanting to skip too many of the small things in life, which ended up having a drastic effect on Sandler's character, making him appreciate things even more.
7 Hotel Transylvania (Box Office: $148,313,048)
Hotel Transylvania was a different kind of role for Adam Sandler and it paid off at the box office, earning $148,313,048 due to its incredible charm and engaging storyline.
With Sandler giving the voice of Dracula in the movie, it became an instant hit, with a variety of classic horror characters being shown in a totally new light. Portraying them as good guys was refreshing and it worked out perfectly for the movie, which ended up becoming a popular franchise.
6 The Longest Yard (Box Office: $158,111,460)
Next on the list is the fantastic movie, The Longest Yard, which is a classic in compared to some of his newer works, with the American sports prison comedy surpassing many people's expectations. Adam Sandler plays a disgraced former NFL star who has to create a team from the prison inmates to take on the guards in a game, with the movie featuring many famous hard-men such as Terry Crews and Stone Cold Steve Austin.
The film did exceedingly well at the box office as well, earning $158,111,460, making it one of Adam Sandler's most successful movie projects to date.
5 The Waterboy (Box Office: $161,237,800)
Released in 1998, The Waterboy was released right at the peak of Adam Sandler's career where he was releasing hit after hit, and therefore it isn't a surprise so many people went to see it, with the movie earning $161,237,800 at the box office. Sandler plays Robert "Bobby" Boucher, Jr, who is a socially inept 31-year-old, who happens to be the Waterboy of a university football team, although he ends up knocking out the quarterback after years of bullying.
Bobby ends up becoming a feared linebacker who is desperate for his religious mother to not find out that he plays the sport, with plenty of comedy taking place, as expected in an Adam Sandler film.
4 Grown Ups (Box Office: $162,001,186)
Some might argue that this was Adam Sandler's last truly great comedy movie, with Grown Ups being a hilarious film that features a star-studded cast of actors who often appear in Sandler movies. The likes of David Spade, Chris Rock, and Kevin James all had key roles as the "grown-ups" go away on vacation to an old spot they used to go to as children, taking their families with them this time.
With the kids in the movie providing some great laughs and a mixture of humor alongside the adults, everyone really did knock it out of the park on this one, which is why it's no surprise it made $162,001,186 at the box office.
3 Big Daddy (Box Office: $163,479,795)
An absolute comedy classic, it's not a surprise to see Big Daddy rank so highly on this list, having earned $163,479,795 at the box office.
Considering that the movie was released in 1999, that's an impressive achievement. Adam Sandler's character accidentally end up in charge of a young boy, which he has no interest in doing. However, as the movie progresses, the two form an incredible bond, although they are eventually separated by the authorities, which leads to an incredibly emotional moment towards the end of the film, although it all works out in the end, thankfully.
2 Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation (Box Office: $167,510,016)
Because the original Hotel Transylvania was a hit, the decision was made to turn it into a franchise, with Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation being the most recent.
Here, Adam Sandler reprised the lead role of Dracula, voicing the sharp-toothed character to another mega success at the box office, this time earning $167,510,016, as the franchise remained as popular as ever. The movie has a star-studded cast of which Sandler plays a role as this time the group boards a cruise ship to take a vacation away from the hotel for the summer.
1 Hotel Transylvania 2 (Box Office: $169,700,110)
Most people probably didn't expect the highest-grossing movie of Adam Sandler's career to be Hotel Transylvania 2, considering the number of legendary comedy movies that he has been in, but that's the power of animated films. When animation movies are done well, they do great at the box office and are fun for the entire family, and after the original was so well received, there was clearly a buzz to see the sequel.
Once again, Sandler voiced the character of Dracula, in what was another very funny and heartwarming animation, which brought in $169,700,110 at the box office, proving to be a true hit.