About This Statistic
This statistic presents the 20 most successful Christmas movies at the North American box office. The most successful Christmas movie is Home Alone, with a lifetime gross of over 285 million U.S. dollars. Jim Carrey's interpretation of the Grinch was in second place, earning more than 260 million U.S. dollars at the domestic box office. The Polar Express, an animated Christmas tale featuring Tom Hanks in several roles, is the third-highest grossing Christmas-themed film, followed by Elf, featuring Will Ferrell as one of Santa's little helpers.
Christmas movies - additional information
Despite the popularity of Christmas movies, which are very often repeated every year during the holiday season, none of them have earned enough money to obtain a spot as one of the most successful movies of all time, based on revenue earned. As of 2017, Avatar still leads the way, having earned approximately 2.78 billion U.S. dollars, followed by Titanic with around 2.19 billion U.S. dollars.
The global box office recorded a significant growth in just under a decade, from 2005 to 2015. In 2015, the total box office revenue amounted to approximately 38.3 billion U.S. dollars, up by roughly 15.2 billion U.S. dollars compared to 2005. With the steady growth of revenue year over year, further success is expected over the next several years.
When considering the highest grossing movies in North America from 1995 to 2017, the most successful genre was adventure. These movies grossed a total of roughly 44.65 billion U.S. dollars in the span of over two decades.