9. Mission: Impossible -- Ghost Protocol
Year released: 2011
Christmas Day take: $13.7 million OK, America, fess up: Who's going to Tom Cruise's movies? The man's spent nearly a decade as a tabloid punching bag and object of ridicule, but he's also been one of its biggest Christmas stars since Jimmy Stewart. Back in 2008, his Nazi conspiracy film Valkyrie took in $8.5 million during its Christmas Day debut. Just last year, U.S. moviegoers paid more than $13 million to see him circle the globe doing stunts as Impossible Missions Force agent Ethan Hunt. That's right, America backed up a truckload of money to watch an actor they supposedly hate star in the fourth installment of a film series based on a '60s and '70s Cold War television series of the same name. In some cases, they doubled the price of their ticket to watch it in IMAX. No hand raisers? That's fine. Box offices will get your answer this weekend when Cruise returns to holiday screens in yet another action film, Jack Reacher.