New Holiday Movie Traditions Are Lighting up Home Theaters, According to Blockbuster

DALLAS // PRNewswire-FirstCall // -- Movies like "It's A Wonderful Life" and "National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation" are long-time holiday traditions among American families, but a few newcomers have begun to win over hearts too, according to Blockbuster Inc. (NYSE: BBI) (NYSE: BBI.B). A look at the Top 20 Most Popular Holiday Movies shows that, from the heartwarming to the hilarious, there are some new favorites among movie lovers.

Topping the list is 2007's "Fred Claus," in which Santa's black-sheep brother, Fred Claus (Vince Vaughn) gets a much-needed shot at redemption. Other films of the last 10 years that are proving to be new perennial holiday favorites include "Elf," starring Will Ferrell; "The Polar Express," starring Tom Hanks and "How The Grinch Stole Christmas" starring Jim Carrey.

To kick off your holiday season, consider watching one of the Top 20 Most Popular Holiday Movies, comprised of the most rented holiday films in BLOCKBUSTER® stores and online:

  1. Fred Claus (2007)
  2. This Christmas (2007)
  3. The Perfect Holiday (2007)
  4. The Flight Before Christmas (2008)
  5. Barbie in a Christmas Carol (2008)
  6. Elf (2003)
  7. Thomas Kinkade's Christmas Cottage (2008)
  8. The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause (2006)
  9. The Polar Express (2004)
  10. Deck the Halls (2006)
  11. National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation (1989)
  12. Christmas with the Kranks (2004)
  13. How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000)
  14. A Christmas Story (1983)
  15. Home Alone (Family Fun Edition) (1990)
  16. Jeff Dunham's Very Special Christmas Special (2008)
  17. All I Want for Christmas (2007)
  18. It's a Wonderful Life (60th Anniversary Edition) (1947)
  19. The Santa Clause (Special Edition) (1994)
  20. Surviving Christmas (2004)

A recent film that may hit the Most Popular Holiday Movies list this year is 2008's popular "Four Christmases," starring Reese Witherspoon and Vince Vaughn. The film was released Nov. 24 on DVD and is available at participating BLOCKBUSTER stores and online.

About Blockbuster

Blockbuster Inc. is a leading global provider of rental and retail movie and game entertainment. The company provides its customers with convenient access to media entertainment anywhere and any way they want it - whether in-store, by-mail, through vending and kiosks or digital download. With a highly recognized brand name and a library of more than 125,000 movie and game titles, Blockbuster leverages its multi-channel presence to further build upon its leadership position in the media entertainment industry and to best serve the two million daily global customers and more than 50 million annual global customers.

SOURCE: Blockbuster Inc.

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