1988, the movie "Bloodsport" debuted in US theaters. "Bloodsport" is an American martial arts film directed by Newt Arnold, and starring Jean-Claude Van Damme, Donald Gibb, Leah Ayres, and Bolo Yeung. The film is partly based on unverified claims made by martial artist Frank Dux. It sold well at the box office, grossing $11,806,119 domestically on a budget of $1,500,000. "Bloodsport" was one of Van Damme's first starring films and showcased his athletic abilities.