Christmas is a time for family, friends, and most importantly, movies. Whether you’re curled up on the couch with some hot chocolate or gathered around the TV with loved ones, there’s nothing quite like a Christmas movie to get you into the holiday spirit. In this article, we will take a look at the 10 highest-grossing Christmas movies of all time. Several factors were considered when ranking the movies. We looked at the total number of ticket sales at the U.S. box office, along with the profits they earned, and used them to rank the movies based on which made back more money. Some of these films are classics that have been around for decades, while others are more recent releases. But one thing is for sure – they all know how to capture the magic of Christmas.
10. The Santa Clause (1994): $190 million
This is a Christmas movie that follows Tim Allen as Scott Calvin, who must become the new Santa Claus when he accidentally kills St. Nick during a toy factory accident. With his estranged wife’s help, he must raise his three mischievous children before Christmas Day to prove to the world that Santa Claus is real before it’s too late. According to Screen Rant, this movie was directed by John Pasquin and was written by Steve Rudnick & Leo Benvenuti. The total box office earnings for this movie are $190 million. It was released in many venues including International Cinema and Home videos.
9. The Holiday (2006): $205 million
The Holiday is a romantic comedy film that follows Kate Winslet as Ellie, a librarian who gets sent to Eastern Europe on an assignment, where she meets and falls in love with a mysterious man named Maxim (Chris Cooper). When she returns home, she discovers that her ex-boyfriend has found someone new and might be getting married. This movie was directed by Nancy Meyers and was written by Meyers and Kirsten Smith. The total gross of this movie is $205 million. This movie was released in many venues including Theatres and Home videos.
8. Elf (2003): $223 million
Elf is a comedy film directed by Jon Favreau and written by David Berenbaum. According to Reel Rundown, it stars Will Ferrell as Buddy, an orphan who was raised in the North Pole and finds himself on the streets of New York as an adult, where he meets his biological father for the first time. He soon discovers that he is a human, and travels to his father’s home in Los Angeles intending to become famous. It was directed by Jon Favreau and was written by David Berenbaum. Its total box office earnings are $223 million. It was released in several venues including Theatres and Home videos.
7. Love Actually (2003) – $245 Million
Love Actually is a romantic comedy movie that follows several different couples and their lives as we approach Christmas. This movie was directed by Richard Curtis and was written by Richard Curtis, Emma Freud, and Steven Moffat. Its total box office earnings are $245 million. It was released in many venues including Theatres and Home videos. The movie is about 8 different love stories and how they intertwine as we get closer to Christmas and is also available on Freeform.
6. The Polar Express (2004): $314 million
The Polar Express is an animated film that follows a young boy named Santa Claus as he travels from his workshop on the North Pole to New York City, where he meets a boy named Max who has asked him for a present for his mother. He delivers his train, but it’s stolen by a group of thieves, who are elves wearing Santa hats. This animated film was released by Robert Zemeckis, Bob Peterson, and John Walker, who were all producers. Its total box office earnings are $314 million. It was released in several venues including International Cinema and Home videos. This animated film has been awarded several awards including the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature, Golden Globe Award for Best Animated Feature Film, and Golden Reel Award for Best Sound Editing in an Animated Feature Production.
5. A Christmas Carol (2009) – $325 Million
A Christmas Carol is a 3D film that follows a miserly man named Ebenezer Scrooge as he is visited by four ghostly spirits who help him to see the error of his ways and change his life from selfish and cruel to selfless and kind. It was released by Walt Disney Pictures and ImageMovers Digital production companies. Its box office gross earnings are $325 million. It was released in Home videos and International Cinema.
4. Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas! (2000) – $345 Million
This film is based on the children’s book of the same name. This movie tells the story of Cindy Lou Who, who is pursued by her next-door neighbor, The Grinch, who plans to steal Christmas from the residents of Who-ville. According to Radiox, while those in town are celebrating Christmas, his dog Max makes a mess in his house, and he decides to leave him outside. He wasn’t satisfied with all the noise so he decides to put a huge speaker outside that played loud music. Then, he throws the dog in a trash can. This movie was released by Jeffrey Katzenberg and directed by Ron Howard. Its total box office earnings are $345 million. Imagine Entertainment is the company that owns the rights to this movie. It was released in several venues including Home videos, International Cinema and Theatres.
3. Home Alone 2: Lost In New York (1992) – $358 Million
This is a sequel to Home Alone and it follows Kevin McCallister as he is once again left at home while his family is on vacation. This film was directed by Chris Columbus, who also co-wrote the story with John Hughes and others. Its total box office earnings are $358 million. It was released in Theatres and in Home videos. The movie is available on Disney+ and Disney Movies Anywhere, along with Criterion Collection.
2. Home Alone (1990): $476 million
Regarded as one of the best Christmas movies of all time, this movie follows a boy named Kevin McCallister as he tries to protect his house from being robbed by burglars. Kevin is accidentally left behind when his family goes off on a trip and he must defend his house against two bungling burglars. This film was released by 20th Century Fox and directed by Chris Columbus. Its total box office earnings are $477 million. It was released in Theatres and in Home videos. This movie has been awarded several awards and nominations including Golden Globe Award and the Academy Award for Best Original Score at the 64th Academy Awards.
1. Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch (2018) – $512 Million
The Grinch is an animated film that follows a miserable, evil, and heartbroken grinch who plots to ruin Christmas for the residents of the nearby town of Whoville. He plans to steal all their presents and food. This movie was released by Illumination and was directed by Yarrow Cheney and Scott Mosier. Its total box office earnings are $512 million. It was released in Theatres, Home videos, and International Cinema. This animated Christmas was directed by Yarrow Cheney and Scott Mosier. Universal Pictures is the company involved in its production. The movie has been awarded several awards including Academy Award for Best Animated Feature and Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture.
As you can see, there are many Christmas movies that one can watch every December. Each of these movies has the Christmas spirit and is appropriate for the entire family. They are heartwarming films that you can come home to after a long day at work and have a cup of coffee while watching them.