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The Grinch Ousts Home Alone as Highest-Grossing Holiday Film

Home Alone, which has for decades held the honor of being the highest-grossing holiday movie with worldwide earnings of $476 million, has been ousted by The Grinch.

Based on the beloved Dr. Seuss story, the film has surpassed $500 million at the box office worldwide.

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With ticket sales as of January 9, The Grinch has joined fellow Illumination films Despicable Me 2 and Minions to earn over a half-billion dollars. The family-friendly studio now has six films that have hit the noteworthy benchmark.

The studio spent $75 million in marketing leading up to the release of The Grinch. This, along with all the fun extras like Pez dispensers and Grinch-green pancakes at IHOP, has paid off.

The Grinch follows the classic tale of the eponymous green, grouch-turned-bringer-of-holiday-cheer, who is voiced in this adaptation by Benedict Cumberbatch. The movie is directed by Yarrow Cheney and Scott Mosier, narrated by Pharrell Williams and co-stars Cameron Seely and Rashida Jones.

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The first on-screen adaptation of the book by Dr. Seuss was the 1966 animated television special narrated by Boris Karloff. In the 2000 live-action adaptation, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Jim Carrey stepped into the lead role.

The next major film from Illumination will be The Secret Life of Pets 2, starring Kevin Hart, Tiffany Haddish and Harrison Ford. It’s set to hit theaters June 7.

(via Variety)

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