Cool Holiday Infographic: Top-Grossing Christmas Films Since 1980

December 21, 2012

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There are only four more days until Christmas, and if you've already finished your holiday shopping then chances are pretty good you're planning on relaxing, kicking back, and watching a Christmas movie or two this weekend. But before you revisit your old cinematic friends like Clark Griswold, Jack Skellington, or Buddy the Elf, check out this cool holiday infographic that combines the box office totals, Rotten Tomatoes scores, and audience approval ratings of every major Christmas film that's been released since 1980. put it all together (via Slashfilm), and some of the results may surprise you. Look!

Here's the holiday movie inforgraphic from Confused (via SlashFilm) for your reference:

Christmas Movies Infographic

I'm shocked that Robert Zemeckis' A Christmas Carol made that much money, but once you factor in 3D ticket prices, I guess it shouldn't really be that much of a surprise. Even more shocking is the fact that it has an audience approval rating of 72%, which seems a bit high for a movie that isn't afraid to go to some dark places. It's also interesting to note that A Nightmare Before Christmas, which is by far the highest critically rated and audience rated film on the list, is stuck somewhere in the middle, again representative of the fact that bigger box office numbers don't mean that a film is better than another. Any other surprises?

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Reader Feedback - 6 Comments


They left off the best Christmas related movie of all time: Die Hard!!!

Pat Abs on Dec 21, 2012


You got a point there 😉

David Banner on Dec 21, 2012


It's mainly because Christmas wasn't at the forefront of the movie. It's the same reason why Love Actually isn't on the list either.

jez on Dec 22, 2012


One movie was missing, but which one? A Christmas Story(1983)! So this list is from 1988, not 1980 and up to today. A Christmas Story adjusted gross is ca $50 million at the box office, not counting TV-rights and DvD(VHS?) sales. RT rating of 89%/82%.

David Banner on Dec 22, 2012


Where are the Home Alone movies?

Mike V on Dec 23, 2012


Home Alone made around 470 million in box office revenues, putting it at the top of this list.

Buzzer on Jan 8, 2013

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