The Top 5 Highest Grossing Biographical Movies Ever

  Movie Domestic Box Office Gross Release Date Budget Distributor Based on the Life of
1 A Beautiful Mind $170,74 million December 21, 2001 $60 million DreamWorks John Forbes Nash (played by Russell Crowe)
2 Catch Me If You Can $164,61 million December 25, 2002 $52 million Universal Pictures Frank Abagnale Jr. (played by Leonardo DiCaprio)
3 The Pursuit of Happyness $163,56 million December 15, 2006 $55 million Sony Pictures Chris Gardner (played by Will Smith)
4 The Sound of Music $158,67 million March 2, 1965 $8.2 million Twentieth Century-Fox Maria von Trapp (played by Julie Andrews)
5 Erin Brockovich $125,59 million March 17, 2000 $51 million Universal pictures Erin Brockovich (played by Julia Roberts)
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Sources:  Various including: Box Office Mojo, The Numbers, IMDB Pro.

List Notes: All figures are domestic (Canada & US) box office gross in US dollars. Budgets are estimated. List is accurate as of February 2008. Data is for 1979 to present.
Highest Grossing Biographical Movies Ever

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