Christmas Movie Analytics

As it is Christmas Eve, I felt it would be fun to do a post about Christmas movies. I have gathered data from surveys filled out by 32 different people. Respondents were 44% Male and 56% Female. The survey asked respondents to list their top 10 Christmas movies. The movie listed as their number 1 was given 10 points, number 2 was 9 points, number 3 was 8 points and so on. I then developed a ranking with the based upon the number of points movies received. The top 10 movies are listed below.

Movie Total Points
Elf 241
How the Grinch Stole Christmas 177
Home Alone 149
Polar Express 144
Christmas Vacation 118
A Christmas Story 102
The Santa Clause 101
It’s a Wonderful Life 55
Home Alone 2 51
The Santa Clause 2 45

The entire ranking is listed at the bottom of this post. Elf was by far the most popular followed by the Grinch. This includes both the new and old Grinch movies. I thought this ranking gave a good idea of where the top 10 movies stood, however I was curious which movies were selected as people’s favorite movie most often. To find this, I looked at the percentage that each movie was put in 1st place on the respondents’ surveys. The following chart shows the percentages for the movies that were put 1st.

Movie 1st%
Elf 28%
How the Grinch Stole Christmas 16%
Polar Express 16%
It’s a Wonderful Life 13%
Home Alone 6%
Christmas Vacation 6%
A Christmas Story 3%
Christmas Carol 3%
Die Hard 3%
Four Christmases 3%

I also was curious which movies were put on the survey most often. The next chart shows the percentage that each movie showed up in surveys.

Movie Top 10 %
Elf 97%
How the Grinch Stole Christmas 81%
Home Alone 72%
Polar Express 69%
Christmas Vacation 59%
The Santa Clause 59%
A Christmas Story 56%
The Santa Clause 2 31%
It’s a Wonderful Life 28%
Christmas with the Kranks 28%

Elf is by far the most common. There was only one survey on which Elf did not appear. The chart below is a good visual to represent what I’ve found. The x-axis is the total number of points assigned to each movie from the surveys. The y-axis is the percentage that the movie showed up on the survey.

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Elf is easily the most popular Christmas movie and the difference can be seen on the chart above. I also know a lot of those who filled out the survey were in their late teens and early twenties so maybe if there were more of an older age of respondents then older Christmas movies may have been more prevalent. However, I also think it is interesting to see what movies this particular group chose.

Thank you to everyone who participated and I hope everyone has a Merry Christmas!

The complete ranking list is below. It is interesting to look at the variety of movies listed.

Movie Total Points
Elf 241
How the Grinch Stole Christmas 177
Home Alone 149
Polar Express 144
Christmas Vacation 118
A Christmas Story 102
The Santa Clause 101
It’s a Wonderful Life 55
Home Alone 2 51
The Santa Clause 2 45
Christmas with the Kranks 44
Christmas Carol 41
Die Hard 38
Four Christmases 35
Frosty the Snowman 32
Rudolph the Rednose Reindeer 31
Charlie Brown 25
A Year Without a Santa Claus 25
White Christmas 25
Love Actually 22
Miracle on 34th Street 22
Home Alone 3 20
The Nightmare Before Christmas 19
Fred Claus 15
Jack Frost 15
Holiday Inn 14
The Holiday 13
Jingle All the Way 12
Olive the Other Reindeer 12
The Bishop’s Wife 11
A Christmas Prince 10
Eloise at Christmastime 8
Deck the Halls 8
Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmas 7
The Santa Clause 3 7
A Christmas Prince 2: Royal Wedding 7
Bad Santa 7
The Family Stone 6
This Christmas 6
Office Christmas Party 5
Shop around the Corner 4
Christmas Chronicles 4
Edward Scissorhands 4
Millions 3
The Princess Switch 2
The Night Before 1
Krampus 1
Daddy’s Home 1
Little Drummer Boy 1
A Bad Moms Christmas 1
Scrooge 1

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