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1. Sherlock Holmes Year released: 2009
Christmas Day take: $24.6 million
That's right: One of the largest grossing films of all time wasn't even America's most popular Christmas Day movies the year it was released. That honor goes to Guy Ritchie's take on Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's iconic London detective.
America had just rediscovered its love of Robert Downey Jr. a year before during his turns in
Iron Man and
Tropic Thunder and had months to go before the next
Iron Man sequel. With
Sherlock Holmes opening with the magic PG-13 rating on Christmas Day, the holiday falling on a Friday and
Avatar costing a bit more for the privilege of 3-D glasses, seeing Downey play an eccentric with Jude Law and Rachel McAdams in tow seemed like a viable alternative.
Sherlock Holmes became the highest-grossing Christmas Day movie and opening of all time, its final $209 million take at the U.S. box office wouldn't come close to the nearly $750 million
Avatar brought in by the end of its U.S. run. On Christmas Day, however,
Holmes had the 3-D powerhouse solved.
-- Written by Jason Notte in Portland, Ore.
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