moviechristmasUS (12/24/13) — Christmas Day has become a big day in the movie business. Many studios now release big-budget films on December 25th, and audiences have recently flocked to the theaters to see some of their favorite stars in films that opened on Christmas Day or shortly before.

According to Box Office Mojo, an online movie publication and box office reporting service, no film has fared better on Christmas Day than "Sherlock Holmes," which premiered on December 25, 2009, earning just under $25 million in its initial day onscreen. "Avatar," the 2009 James Cameron film that would go on to gross $760 million in domestic receipts alone, holds the distinction of earning the second most money on Christmas Day, when it earned a little more than $23 million despite having already been out in the theaters one full week. The 2004 Ben Stiller film "Meet the Fockers" opened three days before Christmas but still managed to earn $19.5 million on Christmas Day. A pair of 2012 films, the latest big screenadaptation of "Les Miserables" ($18 million) and Quentin Tarantino's "Django Unchained" ($15 million), round out the top five highest grossing films on Christmas Day. Numerous films are slated to open on December 25, 2013, including Stiller's "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty" and "Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit," starring Chris Pine and Kevin Costner.

SurfKY News

e-max.it: your social media marketing partner

LIKE SurfKY on Facebook - Click here to LIKE us now.

© Copyright 2015 SurfKY News Group, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, or rewritten without permission. SurfKY News encourages you to share this story on social media.

Posted on 2/2/14
3/13 - 16
3/13 - 16

Most Read This Week

May 22, 2015 7294

Madisonville Man Charged with First-Degree Rape

by SurfKY News
May 23, 2015 6913

Missing 5-Year-Old Boy Found

by Doreen Dennis, SurfKY News
May 20, 2015 3550

Pennyrile Forest State Resort Park Holding Beach…

by Gil Lawson
May 21, 2015 3293

Police Charge Madisonville Man with Harassing…

by SurfKY News
May 25, 2015 3133

Can Sunscreen Save Your Life?

by Melissa Patrick

Most Read This Month

May 15, 2015 10717

New Madisonville Business In Full Operation Soon

by Tammy Holloway, SurfKY News
May 15, 2015 7521

Investigation of Local Barber Shop Leads to Drug…

by SurfKY News

Stories Trending Now

May 25, 2015 3133

Can Sunscreen Save Your Life?

by Melissa Patrick
May 25, 2015 1851

Hopkins Man Injured in Muhlenberg Motorcycle…

by SurfKY News
May 25, 2015 1799

UPDATE - MPD Seeks Three in Residential Robbery

by SurfKY News
May 25, 2015 1067

Damascus Road House Leads Young People to Christ

by Tammy Holloway, SurfKY News
May 25, 2015 965

Seniors Celebrate with Cook-out, Games, Fellowship

by Tammy Holloway, SurfKY News
May 25, 2015 731

Muhlenberg District Court Fines Handed Down

by Charles W. Riley II, SurfKY News
May 25, 2015 678

Advice from Caregiver Offered during Brain Cancer…

by Samantha Carver, SurfKY News
May 25, 2015 673

Deep in the Brain: Why Some Smokers Can Quit

by Melissa Patrick
May 25, 2015 576

New State Police Cadets Report for Training

by Stu Recke
May 25, 2015 536

Wounded Warrior Returns to UK for Journalism…

by Rebecca Stratton, Jenny Wells, Blair Hoover, Elizabeth Baunach