What Is The Highest-Grossing Christmas Movie Of All Time At The US Box Office?

Top-Earning Christmas Movies Of All Time Everyone has their own opinion when it comes what the best Christmas movie of all time is, it can be a very personal...

Top-Earning Christmas Movies Of All Time

Everyone has their own opinion when it comes what the best Christmas movie of all time is, it can be a very personal thing and can be dependent on many factors.

What’s interesting is to look at is which Christmas movies have done the best at the box office. It might be surprising to learn that beloved films such as The Muppet Christmas Carol (37th place with $27.28 million unadjusted) and Miracle on 34th Street (42nd place with $17.32 million unadjusted) don’t place highly.

So, what are the top three Holiday movies of all time at the U.S. box office to date?

All figures reflect the domestic box office and have not been adjusted for inflation.

3. Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch (Universal) 2018

Box Office: $189.67 million (as of 12/02/18)

The third screen adaptation of the classic story, and the second animation, Benedict Cumberbatch voiced the titular green miser who plots to ruin Whoville’s Christmas celebration. Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch got mixed reviews from critics but has grossed over $225 million worldwide to date, $189.67 million of that at the domestic box office. It cost $75 million to make.

2. How the Grinch Stole Christmas (Universal) 2000

Final Box Office: $260.04 million

Ron Howard directed Jim Carrey in this iconic role based on the Dr. Seuss character and 1957 story of the same name. It spent four weeks at the top of the domestic box office and went on to take over $345 million worldwide despite opening to middling and generally poor reviews. The film has proved to have an enduring appeal and has been immortalized as the annual Grinchmas event at the Universal Studios theme parks in Hollywood and Orlando.

1. Home Alone (Fox) 1990

Final Box Office: $285.76 million

Until The Hangover Part II overtook it in 2011, Home Alone was the highest-grossing live action comedy film of all time at the domestic box office. Home Alone was initially a Warner Bros. production but 20th Century Fox took over the project, and its budget grew from $14 million to $17 million. Home Alone proved so popular that it stayed in theaters well past the Christmas season and was the number one film at the box office for 12 straight weeks – from its release on November 16, 1990, through the weekend of February 1, 1991. Unadjusted for inflation, the final worldwide box office for Home Alone was $476.68 million.

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