Home Alone

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When Home Alone came out 25 years ago on November 16th, 1990 it was a sensation.

According to Wikipedia:

In its opening weekend, Home Alone grossed $17 million in 1,202 theaters, averaging $14,211 per site and just 6% of the final total. Home Alone proved so popular that it stayed in theaters well past the Christmas season. It was the No. 1 film at the box office for 12 straight weeks, from its release weekend of November 16–18, 1990 through the weekend of February 1–3, 1991.[11] It remained a top ten draw at the box office until the weekend of April 26 that year, which was well past Easter weekend. It made two more appearances in the top ten (the weekend of May 31 – June 2 and the weekend of June 14–16) before finally falling out of the top ten.[12] The film ended up making a final gross of $285,761,243, the top grossing film of its year in North America.[13] The film is listed in the Guinness World Records as the highest-grossing live-action comedy ever.[14]

By the time it had run its course in theaters, Home Alone was the third highest-grossing film of all time, according to the home video box. In total, its cinema run grossed $477,561,243 worldwide.[15]

According to William Goldman, the film’s success prompted the creation of a Hollywood verb: “to be Home Aloned“, meaning to have a film’s box office reduced by the impact of Home Alone.[16]

And it’s appeal still endures. It’s become a holiday classic. There’s something about it that just works. Maybe the missing and then reuniting with family, the fighting the bad guys comedy, the heart.

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