NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- We all have our favorite holiday movie, but which are truly the best? And how much did they make at the box office? The answers could surprise you.
Believe it or not, the contemporary holiday movie that critics liked best was Tim Burton's 1993 film, The Nightmare Before Christmas. This is according to movie review aggregation site Rotten Tomatoes, which provided TheStreet with a list of its top-rated holiday movies.
Rotten Tomatoes ranked the movies based on their "Tomatometer" score, which represents the percentage of professional critic reviews that are positive for a given film or show, adjusted for number of reviews and year of release. TheStreet's list excludes foreign films or those that were released before 1984 -- with two exceptions, 1983's A Christmas Story and 1983's Trading Places. That's because movie studios did not consistently distribute box office sales numbers before 1984, says Paul Dergarabedian, a senior media analyst for Rentrak (RENT) , a media measurement firm that tracks sales and viewership across platforms.
"Before that it was hit or miss," Dergarabedian said.
While holiday classics like Miracle on 34th Street, which came out in 1947, or It's a Wonderful Life, released in 1946, are some of the top-rated films according to Rotten Tomatoes, there is little data available to shed light on each of their box office sales and so they aren't included in this list.
In addition to critics, moviegoers were also charmed by the surreal Tim Burton classic, as the film grossed $123 million in inflation-adjusted box office sales.
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13. Bad Santa (2003)
Rotten Tomatoes said: A gloriously rude and gleefully offensive black comedy, Bad Santa isn't for everyone, but grinches will find it uproariously funny.
Adjusted Tomatometer Score: 83%
Distributor: Miramax Films
Domestic Box Office Gross (adjusted for inflation): $77.5 million