The Top 10 Highest-Grossing Christmas Movies

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Movies generate income from different revenue streams. These include home video, theatrical exhibition, TV broadcasting rights, and merchandising. According to Investopedia, the movie genres that make the most money are Action-adventure, Drama romance, and Comedies. But there is a type of movie that can easily combine them all, add a bit of magic, and make things even better – a Christmas movie.

The festive season has come, and Christmas movies are in full swing. These movies, like the presents we give and receive, come in different shapes and sizes. Some of them are from the 90s, some of them are world-known classics and all of them are fun to watch. The following list is comprised of the most popular highest-grossing Christmas films, according to IMDB.

  1. Gross: $863.00M

Directed by Clay Kaytis, “The Christmas Chronicles” (2018) is the highest-grossing Christmas movie on our list. The story is about a sister and a brother, who plan to catch Santa Claus on camera. Their plan takes them on an unexpected adventure that most kids could only dream about.

2. Gross: $476,68M

Directed by Chris Columbus, “Home alone” (1990) unsurprisingly takes second place on the list. It is one of the most popular and successful movies from the early 90s. The adventure of the little boy Kevin who was accidentally left alone in his parents` house remains a timeless classic.

3. Gross: $314.13M

“The Polar Express” (2004) takes third place on our list. Directed by Robert Zemeckis, the movie tells the story of a young boy who boards on a powerful magical train on Christmas Eve. The train is headed to the North Pole and the boy learns much about friendship, bravery, and the Christmas spirit.

4. Gross: $245,01M

The romantic drama “Love Actually” tells the story of eight very different couples who deal with their love lives in various tales all set during the month before Christmas. Directed by Richard Curtis, the movie from 2003 is a nice festive watch for the whole family. 

5. Gross: $223,71M

A man who happened to be raised by elves at the North Pole decides to travel to New York City to locate his real father. “Elf” (2003), directed by Jon Favreau is a very fun and enjoyable family movie and takes the fifth position on our list.

6. Gross: $189,83M

Directed by John Pasquin, “The Santa Clause” (1994) remains a classic and a Christmas Eve tradition for many families. The story is about a man who makes Santa fall off of his roof on Christmas Eve and finds himself magically recruited to take his place.

7. Gross: $164,11M

Directed by Seth Gordon, the comedy “Four Christmases” (2008) tells the story of a couple with two sets of divorced parents who struggle to visit them all for the holidays. It is a nice romantic movie for the festive season.

8. Gross: $147,42M

The animation “Arthur Christmas” tells the story of Santa`s clumsy son, who misplaced a young girl`s present and sets out on a mission with Grandsanta to give out the right present. The movie from 2011 is directed by Sarah Smith and is a cute Christmas flick.

9. Gross: $129,83M

“Jingle all the way” tells the story of two parents, who waited until the last minute to buy a popular toy for their child and spend all of Christmas Eve trying to get it. The movie is from 1996 and gives a fun and interesting perspective on the festive season.

10. Gross: $76,49M

The movie from 2003, “Bad Santa” is directed by Terry Zwigoff and tells the story of a conman and his partner who pose as Santa and his Little Helper to rob department stores on Christmas Eve. This comedy will definitely bring your festive spirit up.  

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