While Christmas is mostly a time of cheer and goodwill to all, new research reveals that when it comes to Christmas movie classics, nothing pleases us more than flicks about home invasions and hostage negotiations.
No sooner has the last cracker sounded and the last fork clattered to the table, the sound of gunshots fills the air. It can only mean one thing.
Die Hard is on TV, and John McClane is at it again. Yippee ki-yay.
Like drinking raw eggs, Die Hard is one of those Christmas traditions that sounds so wrong but feels so right. On paper, there are more relaxing flicks to watch with mulled wine and mince pies in hand. But after Christmas dinner, and the usual squabbles over the last pig-in-a-blanket, nothing is more cathartic than watching helicopters explode for two hours.
But is Die Hard really the most popular Christmas film the world over? Or is there an even more universally-popular festive flick?We threw data at the question to find out once and for all which is the most successful Christmas movie of all time.
We took the top 50 Christmas movies as determined by renowned entertainment database firm IMDb. We then cross-referenced their user ratings with Rotten Tomatoes critic review scores, Google search trends and box office profits.
The 10 Most Successful Christmas Movies of All Time
|3||The Nightmare Before Christmas|
|10||While You Were Sleeping|
Perhaps unsurprisingly, Home Alone nabbed the top spot. The classic MaCaulay Culkin caper remains a Christmas favourite around the world. As well as being well-received critically, it raked in $476 million at the box office, becoming the most lucrative Christmas flick ever.
In second place overall, Die Hard scored a 94% fresh Rotten Tomatoes rating, making it the critics’ Christmas darling. However, Elf remains the fan favourite by search volume, perhaps owing to the recency of its release (2003) compared with other films in the top 10.
On a more general note, the five highest grossing films – Home Alone, Batman Returns, Love Actually, Elf and While You Were Sleeping – all carry an age rating of PG-13 or below. So while broad appeal doesn’t guarantee commercial success, these findings indicate that it seems to help.
You can find complete data for the top 50 Christmas movies below.
|Rank||Title||Worldwide Gross Profit||Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score||IMDb Rating||Global Monthly Google Search Volume|
|3||The Nightmare Before Christmas||$75,069,160.00||91%||8.0||1,000,000|
|10||While You Were Sleeping||$182,057,016||79%||6.7||135,000|
|12||The Perks of Being a Wallflower||$33,069,303||89%||8.0||450,000|
|13||National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation||$71,319,546||86%||7.6||135,000|
|16||The Polar Express||$319,090,241||63%||6.6||135,000|
|19||A Christmas Story||$20,605,209||88%||8.0||246,000|
|20||It’s a Wonderful Life||$9,576,159||95%||8.6||246,000|
|22||The Santa Clause||$189,800,000||65%||6.4||110,000|
|24||The Family Man||$124,715,863||67%||6.7||40,500|
|26||The Nativity Story||$46,309,644||75%||6.8||27,100|
|28||The Night Before||$52,427,346||61%||6.4||110,000|
|31||Friday After Next||$33,526,835||75%||5.8||60,500|
|32||Jingle All the Way||$129,832,389||38%||5.5||74,000|
|33||A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas||$48,500,000||59%||6.3||8,100|
|36||Christmas in Connecticut||$3,000,000||75%||7.5||14,800|
|37||Christmas with the Kranks||$96,469,187||37%%||5.2||74,000|
|38||One Magic Christmas||$13,229,514||70%||6.7||8,100|
|39||All I Want for Christmas||$14,812,144||59%||6.0||135,000|
|41||A Christmas Tale||$6,648,639||66%||7.1||3,600|
|43||Deck the Halls||$46,815,807||30%||4.9||90,500|
|44||Eight Crazy Nights||$23,607,202||49%||5.3||14,800|
|47||I’ll Be Home for Christmas||$12,214,338||41%||5.4||49,500|
|48||Nothing Like the Holidays||$7,519,490||41%||6.1||5,400|
|49||Trapped in Paradise||$6,017,509||40%||5.9||5,400|