10. The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
Year released: 2002
Christmas Day take: $12.4 million
With The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey already surpassing the $100 million mark in the U.S. during its first week of release, it's worth remembering just how Peter Jackson's first take on J.R.R. Tolkien books was a decade ago.
The first installment in the Lord of the Rings trilogy -- Fellowship of the Ring -- made $11.6 million on Christmas just a year earlier. By the time the The Two Towers, its giant fighting trees and climactic Battle at Helm's Deep arrived in 2002, the trilogy had America's attention. It would make $250 million in the U.S. during its first five days of release and nearly $340 million for the holiday season. It wouldn't be the last America saw of Jackson or Middle Earth on Christmas, as both had one more Lord of the Rings tale to tell.
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