20 years ago, yesterday, the highest grossing film of the year was released, Home Alone. A uniquely entertaining live-action Christmas film.
10 years ago, today, a not so unique, strangely not entertaining Christmas film came out, The Grinch, staring Jim Carey. And despite my lackluster feelings about this film, The Grinch was the highest grossing US film of the year 2000.
You would think that this would inspire film studios to load up November with Christmas themed releases, but last years A Christmas Carol came in ranked 21 for it's domestic gross and hardly achieved the level of clout of these two films.
2010 surely doesn't even have the possibility of repeating this trend from the past two decades with hardly a single holiday themed release (with the exception of FreeStyle Releasings The Nutcracker in 3D, which I joked about a year ago when Robert Zemeckis name was associated with this project).
It seems a little sad in a way, I'm not sure what to make of the lack of holiday themed films on the big screen. To me, it makes me feel like Hollywood's out of touch with our Thanksgiving film releases are Burlesque and the film Love and Other Drugs.
So alas, 2010 is not seem like a year for holiday films, which is a pity.