Holiday films are an annual event. Each year, studios release films dedicated to capitalizing on events such as Christmas and Halloween. Christmas movies have proven time and again that audiences love a good, heart-warming story. Who doesn't enjoy cozying up by the fire for your favorite holiday film with a mug of hot cocoa? The longing for this experience might be part of what draws crowds into the theatres this time of year, hoping they'll discover the next holiday classic.
Listed below are the top 10 highest-grossing Christmas movies of all time. All of these films deal with Christmas in some capacity or another. Note: the amount of money listed is the domestic take for the United States, not worldwide.
10 Christmas with the Kranks -- $73.7 million
9 Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas -- $75 million
The Nightmare Before Christmas isn't your average Christmas movie. Filled with ghouls, skeletons, and lots of music, Tim Burton's foray into Christmas proved to be a big bet that paid off. Originally, Disney didn't take this bet. They released the film under Touchstone Pictures, stating that they thought the film would be "too scary for kids." Later, in 2009, they would cash in on its massive success, releasing the film on Blu-Ray.
8 The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause -- $84.5 million
7 Four Christmases -- $120.1 million
6 A Christmas Carol (2009) -- $137.8 million
5 The Santa Clause 2 -- $139.2 million
4 The Santa Clause -- $144.8 million
3 Elf -- $173.3 million
2 The Polar Express -- $183.3 million
1 Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas! (2000) -- $260 million
A live-action retelling of a classic cartoon, only Jim Carrey could carry the weight of this film and all the hype surrounding it. Opening to a massive $55 million weekend, the film captured the audience’s imaginations and their hearts. While critics have had their concerns about the film, Carrey's performance as "The Grinch" was widely praised. Not only was the film a family comedy, it was also a musical. With many musical numbers, the movie continued to rake in the money, as well as awards. The Grinch was nominated for three Academy Awards. The first two, Best Costume Design and Best Art Direction, went to films other then The Grinch. However, the third nomination for Best Makeup was won by the Grinch team. All in all, the film carried away $260 million domestically.
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