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The 15 Highest Christmas Day Box Office Grosses of All Time

By Dustin Rowles | Box Office Round-Ups | December 26, 2012 | Comments ()

The Guilt Trip, on the other hand, tanked, taking in only $7.4 million since its Wednesday release, making less than Lincoln over the weekend, despite it being the 7th week of Lincoln's release.

The better box office news, however, came on Christmas Day, as two films opened and landed in the top five, all time, for Christmas Day openings, capping the strongest year on record for box-office grosses, and the first time since 2009 since attendance actually improved, despite a down summer that was more or less salvaged by The Avengers and The Dark Knight Rises). Those two films were Les Mis and Django Unchained, and both are expected to perform strongly in the coming weeks.

Here are the 15 best Christmas Day grosses of all time. Movies in bold were released on Christmas Day.

1. Sherlock Holmes ($24.6 million)

2. Avatar ($23 million)

3. Meet the Fockers ($19.5 million)

4. Les Miserables ($18 million)

5. Django Unchanged ($15.5 million)

6. Little Fockers ($14.5 million)

7. Marley and Me ($14.3 million)

8. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King ($13.9 million)

9. Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel ($13.8 million)

10. National Treasure: Book of Secrets ($13.6 million)

11. Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protoco ($13.6 million)

12. The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers ($12.3 million)

13. The Curious Case of Benjamin Button ($11.8 million)

14. Night at the Museum ($11.7 million)

15. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring ($11.5 million)

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