The top 12 grossing Christmas movies of all time

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  • Brent T. Aurora CO Aurora, CO
    Dec. 7, 2017 10:36 p.m.

    Den Den -- agreed. List should be adjusted for time/inflation.

    But which 34th Street? Natalie Wood or Mara Wilson? Take the latter, but original in b/w.

    Dickens classic was listed in the article and there are many versions. My top choice is Bill Murray in Scrooged, though the Muppet version is close 2nd.

    Wonderful Life -- James Stewart or Marlo Thomas? Original in b/w is on films list of any genre.

    Don't shoot your eye out or stick your tongue to a pole, but the best holiday film is Chevy Chase's Christmas Vacation (uncut, uncensored).

  • Thomas Thompson Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 7, 2017 6:35 p.m.

    I doubt it's one of the highest grossing Christmas stories of all time, but =A Christmas Story= is, I think, the greatest film about Christmas I've ever had the pleasure of viewing. It's one of those movies I try to watch every year.

  • PP Eagle Mountain, UT
    Dec. 7, 2017 5:57 p.m.

    We adjust for inflation all the time but we never seem to adjust for population. 1946 the US population was 141 million so almost 2.5 times more now. So you could reasonable say 166 million for It's a Wonderful Life. But then you would need to account for things like number of theaters, number of competing movies, and % of population that went to movies then and now.

    Quality is a different matter. Home Alone and Wonderful Life are fantastic. Jim Carey and the Grinch were a disgusting embarrassment.

  • imsmarterthanyou Salt Lake City, UT
    Dec. 7, 2017 11:57 a.m.

    This may be the biggest grossing films but certainly not the best. I found few of these movies worth mentioning. Christmas Vacation on the other hand is possibly the BEST christmas movie of all time, regardless of how much money it made.

  • Palmetto Bug Columbia, SC
    Dec. 7, 2017 9:54 a.m.

    I don't like being that guy, but the article was listing the top grossing Christmas films of all time, not the best.

    It's hard to get data on the older films you mentioned, but it looks like A Christmas Story (1983) was the highest grossing of your list, bringing in about $20.6m. Adjusting for inflation, this equates to about $51m.
    It's a Wonderful Life (1946) has the highest adjusted gross, $6.6m in 1946 equates to about $83m today. So we need to see if any of the movies on the article's list had an adjusted gross less than $83m.

    The two films from the article's list with gross revenues below $83m were A Christmas with the Kranks and The Nightmare Before Christmas. Adjusting for inflation puts their gross income at $96m and $128m respectively. There are a few ways to adjust for inflation but I doubt the numbers would change dramatically.

    So regardless of which Christmas movies are the best, this list probably accurately relates which made the most money. The order of the movies might change a little once adjusted for inflation but I'll leave that to someone else. Home Alone will likely stay on top, with an adjusted box office of $604m.

  • Den Den West Jordan, UT
    Dec. 7, 2017 7:53 a.m.

    This article only describes those made in the latter part of the 20th century and those made in the 21st century.

    The classics will always be my top choice:

    Miracle on 34th St
    A Christmas Carol
    It's a Wonderful Life
    A Christmas Story