Football season is nearly upon us. Well, not really, but training camp is almost here, so it’s almost time to start thinking about football without being ashamed that you’re thinking about football. Once you’re done watching all of these films, it’ll be about that time to prepare the barbecues, put the beers on ice, and get those fantasy drafts going.
Take a look at the eight top grossing football films of all time, unadjusted for inflation:
8. Varsity Blues – Paramount Pictures ($52.9 Million)
Paramount Pictures’ football drama Varsity Blues came out in 1999 and stars James Van Der Beek, Amy Smart, Paul Walker, and Jon Voight. The film tells the story of a small-town high school football team and the pressures of performing in a football-obsessed community.
Budgeted at an estimated $16 million, the film performed better than expected making $52 million at the domestic box office despite mixed reviews from critics. And if you’re like me, you probably remember the film best for slow motion shots set to “My Hero” by the Foo Fighters.
But all jokes aside, something about the film ultimately connected with audiences and many aspects of the film went on to become a part of the pop culture lexicon.