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Box Office History: Home Alone

December 24, 2008

Last night, I watched Home Alone for the first time in about 15 years, and I can honestly say that it was one of my favorite movie-watching experiences I’ve ever had. I, along with my whole family, could literally not stop laughing, and I was instantly reminded why Home Alone is a Christmas classic- it’s simply great! It actually brought my family closer together with its constant hilarity and delightfully genuine schmaltz. It deserves any and all praise it receives, and I don’t care about the cynics over at Rotten Tomatoes, this movie is amazing. It’s no wonder the Fox feature earned $285 million at the box office in 1990!

Actually, though, it is. Only three movies have crossed that threshold in 2008 (The Dark Knight, Iron Man, and Indiana Jones), but this was in 1990! A quick look at the week-by-week breakdown for Home Alone will show you just how amazing the Macaulay Culkin film’s box office run was. It stayed in the number one spot on the charts for 12 full weeks! That’s three months! That could never happen in today’s front-loaded scene. Just look at these weekend numbers:

Home Alone’s Box Office Run (From Nov 16- Apr 28)
Week Rank Weekend Gross
% Change
Total
Nov 16-18 1 $17,081,997 $17,081,997
Nov 23-25 1 $20,987,761 +22.9% $48,287,152
Nov 30-Dec 2 1 $14,386,876 -31.5% $66,748,191
Dec 7-9 1 $14,232,156 -1.1% $84,168,098
Dec 14-16 1 $11,617,249 -18.4% $99,307,437
Dec 21-25 1 $15,079,919 +29.8% $118,637,943
Dec 28-Jan 1 1 $25,148,406 +66.7 $152,103,249
Jan 4-6 1 $12,626,851 -50.2% $168,697,638
Jan 11-13 1 $9,813,012 -22.3% $181,405,541
Jan 18-21 1 $11,069,157 +12.8% $194,760,234
Jan 25-27 1 $7,268,334 -34.4% $203,487,564
Feb 1-3 1 $8,215,408 +13.0% $213,551,706
Feb 8-10 3 $6,001,085 -27.0% $221,181,762
Feb 15-18 4 $7,376,443 +22.9% $230,160,502
Feb 22-24 4 $4,831,317 -34.6% $236,363,633
Mar 1-3 5 $4,221,896 -12.6% $241,658,036
Mar 8-10 7 $3,315,651 -21.5% $245,880,904
Mar 15-17 9 $2,731,894 -17.6% $249,557,920
Mar 22-24 8 $2,776,368 +1.6% $253,061,346
Mar 29-31 8 $2,433,479 -12.4% $256,778,093
Arp 5-7 9 $1,954,348 -19.7% $260,077,797
Apr 12-14 9 $1,835,299 -6.1% $262,461,999
Apr 19-21 9 $1,648,188 -10.2% $264,650,281
Apr 26-28 12 $1,122,205 -31.9% $266,197,786
All Numbers Courtesy of Box Office Mojo


The numbers should speak for themselves. That’s an amazingly good performance (it still earned an additional $20 million!), and one that should be remembered by all box office junkies forever. Even The Dark Knight, a movie that has had a very long run in today’s marketplace, relinquished the top spot after four weekends, and it was out of the Top 12 after 12 weekends. Home Alone‘s staying power was just incredible. Good work, Home Alone.

And now to switch gears a little bit. I could really relate to Macaulay yesterday. Just like he was left alone by his family, I felt like I had been left behind by my blog template, which simply decided to stop working altogether. Thank goodness I’m done with my Christmas wrapping, because I ended up frantically trying to save my blog for the entire day. You might’ve said I was starring in Room Alone. But just like little Macaulay Culkin, I actually found myself to have surprisingly good ingenuity. In the end, I had completely switched up the template, made my own header graphics, added some tabs and links at the top, and implemented social bookmarks! I guess my old template dying was a good thing, because I think it looks so much fresher now! Do you?

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