Can You Guess Which Christmas Movies Were the Highest-Grossing of All Time?

Can You Guess Which Christmas Movies Were the Highest-Grossing of All Time?

Christmas is finally approaching, calling for cute pajamas and movie nights. The atmosphere is festive and light, families are getting together, and a new year is approaching with a promising fresh start. So for those of us who love to enhance the spirit of Christmas with the cheesiest Christmas movies, here’s a list of the most major box office successes.

Bad Santa

Bad Santa was filmed during the summer of 2002 in and around California and was released to theatres in 2003. The movie came out as a Christmas black comedy written by Glenn Ficarra and John Requa and directed by the talented Terry Zwigoff.

The movie was taken very well by critics and by the public, earning more than $76 million all over the world and $60 million domestically. The film also made a very high rating on Rotten Tomatoes, scoring 78%.

Jingle All The Way

While Jingle All The Way stars the one and only Arnold Schwarzenegger, something about the movie didn’t fly very well with critics, especially on Rotten Tomatoes. The 1996 Christmas movie follows the life of Howard, a father who promises his son to get a Turbo-Man as his Christmas present.

The task becomes challenging when another father, Sinbad, makes the same promise to his son, and the two end up fighting for the toy. Even though the movie is hilarious, critics believe that Schwarzenegger acts with an uneven tone throughout the movie. Still, the film certainly made it in the US box office, scoring a whopping $70,000,000.

National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation

For those of us who love stories that get completely out of hand, this movie is perfect. National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation Stars Chevy Chase as Clark Griswold, who promises his family an amazing Christmas.

The Griswold family planned a huge Christmas party with friends and family, but somehow, Clark manages to mess it up to the extent that was so serious, that Chevy Chase actually broke his pinky in real-life while performing one of the movie’s ‘angry’ scenes. The movie was so successful that it easily reached second place in the box office, grossing $11,750,203 only during the film’s opening weekend.

Office Christmas Party

Office Christmas Party came out in 2016, but it was also released and sold on Blu-ray and DVD with the title “Dirty Office Party.” The movie starred T.J Miller and Jason Bateman, and it’s basically about a holiday party that takes place at an office. In a really short summary, the sister of a company’s CEO threatens to shut down one of the company’s branches, so the company throws a huge office party in order to land a new client that should be able to save the day.

But like all good parties, the whole thing becomes a mess, and the party goes completely out of hand. Even though the movie was also not incredibly acclaimed by critics, it earned about $144.501.299.

A Madea Christmas

A Madea Christmas was first released back in 2013, and it quickly became one of the most-watched Christmas comedies ever. The movie was written, directed, and starred by the one and only Tyler Perry, and it earned a whopping $853,000 in the international box office and $52,543,354 in the domestic.

Curiously, Tyler Perry created Madea inspired by a combination of his own shows. Unfortunately, though, the movie wasn’t taken so well by the critics, scoring as low as 10% on Rotten Tomatoes.

A Bad Moms Christmas

A Bad Moms Christmas was written and directed by Scott Moore and Jon Lucas and stars all of our favorite actresses. The 2017 Christmas comedy is a sequel to the hilarious movie released a year before, Bad Moms.

The story follows three mothers played by Mila Kunis, Kathryn Hahn, and Kristen Bell, who struggle with their relationships with their own mothers that rocked up for Christmas celebrations that year. The movie earned $72.1 million in the US and Canada and grossed $130.6M worldwide.

The Best Man Holiday

The Best Man Holiday is one of those Christmas films that are perfect for a night in with wine, popcorn, and a couple of friends. Written and directed by Malcolm D. Lee, the comedy-drama was created as a sequel to the 1999 movie with the same name.

The Best Man Holiday follows a couple, Mia and Lance, who decided it’s time to bring all the friends together for Christmas dinner at their place after about ten years of not seeing each other. The movie mostly received very positive feedback from the public and grossed at $71 million around the world.

Fred Claus

Fun fact, the American fantasy comedy Fred Claus is actually based on a poem by Donald Henkel, “A Legend of Santa and His Brother Fred.” Fred Claus portrays the hilarious story of two brothers, Fred and Nick Claus, played by Vince Vaughn and Paul Giamatti.

In the movie, Fred, Santa’s brother, desperately needs to borrow $50,000 from his brother, who agrees to do so if Fred helps him with his work in the North Pole. After being released in 2008, the movie became the number one film in the UK, and grossed around $18,515,473, with the number increased after the first week.

Christmas With The Kranks

Everyone has heard of or has had a neighbor who goes all out in Christmas ornaments around their house during Christmas. Well, the Kranks portray that family. When their daughter surprises everyone for Christmas with her new boyfriend, the family sees no other choice but to improvise a huge Christmas party with everything extra one can imagine.

The film was written and produced by Christ Columbus and directed by Joe Roth. Even though the cast stars several renowned actors, Christmas With The Kranks wasn’t received very positively by critics. It scored an approval rating of 5% on Rotten Tomatoes and has received some pretty harsh reviews. Yet, it still grossed $96,572,480 worldwide.

The Nightmare Before Christmas

The Nightmare Before Christmas was written by Tim Burton back in 1982 when he still worked as an animator at Walt Disney. The hilarious animation was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Visual Effects and follows the story of Jack Skellington, a self-proclaimed king in Halloween Town.

When he finds out about Christmas Town, he becomes completely obsessed with the holiday and decides to abduct Santa Claus. The film did so well as an animated movie that it was re-released on Disney Digital 3D. Reviews were extremely positive, with the movie earning over $76 million.


Scrooged is based on an 1843 novella called “A Christmas Carol,” directed by Charles Dickens. Scrooged was released to the world in 1988 and has made our list of the must-watch Christmas movies this season.

The film starred Bill Murray as Frank Cross and follows his incredibly funny journey as a mean-spirited TV executive, who is randomly visited by a number of ghosts when Christmas Eve comes. They come with the intent of changing his Christmas spirit into something a little bit more positive.

The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause

The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause was released as the third and last film of the Christmas Comedy fantasy. It was released in 2006, starring Tim Allen as Scott Calvin, who is also a Santa Claus.

In the movie, Scott Calvin attempts to keep his new family as happy as possible while chaotically fighting against the evil Jack Frost from taking over the Christmas holiday. The film ends the sequel with a golden key, becoming a box-office success and even beating Borat. The movie grossed $110,768,122 around the globe.

Daddy’s Home 2

Even though Daddy’s Home 2 has a really debatable choice for a title, it grossed over $180 million worldwide. The American Christmas comedy wasn’t as popular amongst critics but conquered the hearts of the public.

The film was written by John Morris and Sean Anders and was directed by Anders. In summary, the movie follows the life of co-parents Brad and Dusty, who receive a visit for the holidays from their own father. Despite the negative reviews, the film starring Will Ferrell, John Cena, Linda Cardellini, and other renowned actors became a film reference for the Christmas season.

Four Christmases

Four Christmases follow the story of a couple, Kate and Brad, who plan a romantic trip to Fiji but end up having to manage visits between their four divorced parents during Christmas.

The comedy stars Reese Witherspoon and Vince Vaughn and is directed by Seth Gordon. An interesting fact about the movie is that it was the first time ever that Gordon directed a studio feature film released by producing company Warner Bros. Even though the approval rate was relatively low, it still managed to gross $163,733,697 around the world.

The Polar Express

The Polar Express was released in 2004 and made it to the Guinness World Records 2006, listed as the first all-digital capture movie. The movie is based on a 1985 children’s book, also called The Polar Express, written by author Chris Van Allsburg.

In the movie, a young boy is faced with a random train that stops by his window, claiming to be traveling to the North Pole towards Santa Claus. The boy decides to join the other children on the train on this journey. The film was a success worldwide, the audience loved it, critics positively acclaimed it, and it grossed $311,365,072 all over the world.

A Christmas Carol

A Christmas Carol is a computer-animated fantasy film released in 2009. The movie adapts the original 1843 movie, also called A Christmas Carol. The dark fantasy animated film starred Jim Carrey, who brilliantly played a character that hates Christmas and joins the long list of Christmas haters in the movie industry.

The movie received pretty divided reviews. While some praised it, others simply didn’t find it their cup of tea. The film still earned over $325.3 million on what started as a $200 million budget.

The Santa Clause 2

If The Santa Clause 2 is not what a real Christmas movie is about, then we don’t know what is. The 2002 American Christmas comedy is a sequel to 1994 The Santa Clause film. It features the same actors it did in the first release, including a cast with renowned actors Tim Allen, Wendy Crewson, and Eric Lloyd.

In the movie, Scott Calvin has the hard task of finding the woman who would be Mrs. Claus; otherwise he might have his reign taken away from him. The fantasy film was nominated for a Saturn Award and grossed $172.8 million.

Die Hard

Some might be wondering how Die Hard has made it to our Christmas list, and we’re happy to explain. Die Hard follows the story of a police officer who fights to save his wife and other guests from being hostage at a Christmas party.

And plus, it stars Bruce Willis, who earned around $5 million alone for starring in the movie. The film was released in July of 1988 in Los Angeles and grossed $83 million in the US and Canada in its first week. Worldwide, it earned $140.7 million, becoming one of the highest-grossing movies of all time.

The Santa Clause

The Santa Clause is the first film released as part of the Santa Clause series, and it stars Scott Alvin and Tim Allen. The 1994 Christmas fantasy comedy is in the American classic, in which a man, Scott Calvin, accidentally pushes Santa Clause to fall off his roof, exactly on Christmas Eve.

Due to that, Scott travels al the way to the North Pole, where he basically finds out that he needs to learn how to be the new Santa Claus. In the US and Canada, The Santa Clause earned over $144 million and worldwide grossed $189 million.

Home Alone 2

Home Alone is probably one of those movies that everyone knows, despite where they are located in the world. Home Alone two was released as the second installment of the famous Home Alone sequel, and easily became the second most successful movie of 1992, both financially and creatively.

The movie stars Macaulay Culkin, who had his face become recognizable everywhere he went to very young age. Unfortunately, that made the process of growing up in Hollywood very difficult, driving him to make some debatable choices. Still, the movie earned around $359 million worldwide and is still one of the most-watched Christmas movies today.


Elf tells the story of Buddy, a human who was adopted when little and was raised by Santa Clause’s elves. When he finds out about his beginnings, he decides to travel to New York City to look for his biological father.

When he gets there, he realizes how cynical the human world has become, and attempts to spread the Christmas spirit and joy as much as he can while simultaneously attempting to meet the father he never knew existed. Starring Will Ferrell, Zooey Deschanel, and James Caan, the film grossed over $220 million around the globe.

How The Grinch Stole Christmas

How The Grinch Stole Christmas is merely known as The Grinch in the UK and in other countries around the world. The 2000 Christmas fantasy also became an American Christmas classic and influenced many industries around the world. It is based on Dr. Seuss’s book and stars Jim Carrey, Christine Baranski, Jeffrey Tambor, Molly Shanon, Bill Irwin, and Taylor Momsen.

Grumpy Grinch quickly became a reference character for Christmas and is certainly a movie to watch every Christmas season. The movie gained so much success that it became the second highest-grossing film of all time, just after Home Alone. It earned $345 million worldwide.

The Nutcracker And The Four Realms

The Nutcracker And The Four Realms was released recently, in 2018 and it is in the fantasy adventure film industry. The magical film follows a young girl who is transported into a completely magical world that is made of gingerbread soldiers and an army of mice.

The Christmas themed ballet makes reference to other movies such as Disney’s Fantasia and others and has grossed around $200,000,000. The film was directed by co-directors Joe Johnston and Lasse Hallstrom. The cast is also comprised of really well-known actors such as Keira Knightley, Morgan Freeman, Helen Mirren, and Mackenzie Foy.