Apple Names Best-Selling Holiday Movies of All Time on iTunes, Including 'Elf' and 'The Polar Express'

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Apple today got in the holiday spirit by announcing the top five best-selling holiday movies of all time on iTunes, ever since the movie rental section of the digital marketplace opened in 2008.

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The top five highest grossing iTunes holiday movies are:

  1. Elf [Direct Link] - $9.99 HD Purchase / $3.99 HD Rental
  2. National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation [Direct Link] - $9.99 HD Purchase / $3.99 HD Rental
  3. Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas [Direct Link] - $9.99 HD Purchase / No Rental Available
  4. Home Alone [Direct Link] - $9.99 HD Purchase / $3.99 HD Rental
  5. The Polar Express [Direct Link] - $9.99 HD Purchase / $3.99 HD Rental

Apple didn't offer any specifics behind each film's download numbers, but gave snippets about plots, writers, directors, and actors for each holiday favorite.

The company prompted users to ask Siri on an iPhone, iPad, or Apple TV to search for the movies listed today, as well as other seasonal mainstays like Home Alone 2: Lost in New York, The Night Before, A Christmas Story, The Santa Clause, It’s a Wonderful Life, Love Actually and Mickey’s Christmas Carol.

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50 months ago
Where does Die Hard rate?
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50 months ago
Die Hard is not on the list therefore the list in inaccurate and irrelevant.
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50 months ago
I'm surprised A Christmas Story didn't make the top five...
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50 months ago

I LOVE Die Hard but it's weird that I never think of it has a holiday film. Probably the case for others.

There are two types of people in this world: Those who think Die Hard is a Christmas movie; and those who are wrong.
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I wonder if the fact that A Christmas Story plays non-stop on certain networks this time of year, reduces the need to buy it on iTunes.

I bet you're right. I only own it on Blu-Ray because it was on sale for like $2.99. Otherwise you're guaranteed to get your fix from cable TV every year.
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50 months ago
Interesting. I guess it shows the demographics of most iTunes buyers more than anything else. What you've watched as a child during the holidays will be the videos you look back on fondly when you're older.

I don't like any of their top five. As for the other "mainstays" there are just two that I enjoy. I guess I could view it as, "I think different". Or maybe, "I'm old". :)
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50 months ago

No kidding, Home Alone and even worse, Polar Express over A Christmas Story? Come on people ...

FWIW, we're on about our about our 7-8th watch of A Christmas Story, 10 or so for Christmas Vacation :D

I wonder if the fact that A Christmas Story plays non-stop on certain networks this time of year, reduces the need to buy it on iTunes.
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