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The most successful Christmas movies of all time

With Christmas just around the corner, what better way to spend a dark and chilly evening than cosying up with a festive film? Each year, studios race to release a heart-warming winter story that audiences will remember forever.

So grab your hot chocolate and check out our list of the most successful Christmas movies of all time for some festive inspiration!

The Holiday

This feel-good romcom features an array of A-list stars such as Cameron Diaz, Kate Winslet, Jack Black and Jude Law. The Holiday follows two women from opposite sides of the Atlantic Ocean, who temporarily exchange homes to escape heartbreak during the festive season.

Adjusted box office: $241 million

White Christmas

White Christmas is a 1954 musical comedy starring Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye, who become romantically involved with a sister act and team up to save a failing Vermont inn, owned by their former commanding general.

Adjusted box office: $264 million

Die Hard

This ultimate action movie sees a New York City policeman, played by Bruce Willis, try to save his estranged wife and two daughters from a hostage situation during a Christmas party.

Adjusted box office: $279 million


The hilarious Will Ferrell stars in this Christmas comedy about Buddy - a man raised as an elf in the North Pole - who ventures to the US in search of his true identity.

Adjusted box office: $283 million

The Santa Clause 2

Released in 2002, The Santa Clause 2 is the second instalment in The Santa Clause trilogy, which with Tim Allen playing the title role of Santa on a quest to find a Mrs Claus by Christmas Eve.

Adjusted box office: $289 million

The Santa Claus

This 1994 classic stars Tim Allen who has custody of his son on Christmas Eve. After he accidentally kills a man in a Santa suit, the pair are transported to the North Pole, where an elf explains that he must take Santa’s place before the next Christmas arrives.

Adjusted box office: $302 million

Love Actually

Another well-loved, star-filled Christmas romantic comedy; Love Actually follows the intertwined lives of eight very different couples dealing with their love lives in the run up to Christmas.

Adjusted box office: $317 million


This 1984 comedy-horror sees a boy inadvertently break three important rules concerning his new pet, and as a result unleash a horde of destructive and evil monsters on a small town.

Adjusted box office: $349 million

A Christmas Carol (2009)

Thanks to some clever animation, this Robert Zemeckis-directed retelling of Charles Dickens’ Christmas classic shows Jim Carrey playing Scrooge (plus all the ghosts!) at every age.

Adjusted box office: $359 million

The Grinch

This Jim Carrey-led adaptation of the popular Dr Seuss children’s book ‘How The Grinch Stole Christmas’ is a firm family favourite, and the first feature-length adaptation of a Dr Seuss book.

Adjusted box office: $475 million