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11. The Fighter - $93,617,009

This critically adored biopic garnered Oscar nominations for its entire lead cast, director, editor and screenwriter, plus a Best Picture nod. It tells the true story of a down on his luck boxer who makes good, and is aided and hindered along the way by his girlfriend, mother and junkie brother. At the time, it was director David O. Russell’s most mainstream movie, and audiences were happy to see something they could understand and enjoy from the auteur. The likable cast, including Mark Wahlberg, Christian Bale, Amy Adams and Melissa Leo, only added to the appeal.

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