Festive favourite Home Alone

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 15 December 2008
Macaulay Culkin

Macaulay Culkin, star of 'Home Alone'

'Home Alone', starring then child actor Macaulay Culkin, has been named Britain's favourite festive family movie

'Home Alone' has been named the UK's favourite festive family movie.

The survey of 3,000 families - carried out to celebrate the launch of the new premium family movie channel Disney Cinemagic HD - found the average household has seen the 1990 film at least 10 times.

The "feel good storyline and festive theme" of the movie - which stars a then-10year-old Macaulay Culkin as a boy who gets left behind when his family go on a Christmas vacation - helped it narrowly beat animated tale 'The Snowman' to the crown, with 'It's A Wonderful Life' in third place.

The remake of 'Miracle on 34th Street' came in fourth, while 1964 musical 'Mary Poppins rounded off the top five.

The survey also found 'Santa With Muscles', the 1996 flop which starred wrestling legend Hulk Hogan, voted top Festive Family Flop.

'Santa Claus Conquers The Martians', 'National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation', 'Love Actually' and 'Bad Santa' completing the rest of the 'top' five.

Despite its unpopularity, 'Bad Santa' star Billy Bob Thornton was voted the fifth best actor to portray Santa for his role in the film, with Lord Richard Attenborough's 1994 'Miracle on 34th Street' proving the most popular portrayal.

Tim Allen in 'The Santa Clause', David Huddleston in 'Santa Claus: The Movie' and 'The Polar Express' Tom Hanks were also among the most popular Santas.

Disney CineMagic HD's Nation's Favourite Festive Family Movies:

1. 'Home Alone'

2. 'The Snowman'

3. 'It's a Wonderful Life'

4. 'Miracle on 34th Street' (1994 version)

5. 'Mary Poppins'

6. 'Santa Claus: The Movie'

7. 'The Wizard of Oz'

8. 'The Muppet Christmas Carol'

9. 'Back to the Future'

10. 'Chitty Chitty Bang Bang'

Disney CineMagic HD's Nation's Festive Family Flops:

1. 'Santa With Muscles'

2. 'Santa Claus Conquers the Martians'

3. 'National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation'

4. 'Love Actually'

5. 'Bad Santa'

Disney CineMagic HD's Nation's Favourite Santas:

1. Lord Richard Attenborough ('Miracle on 34th Street')

2. Tim Allen ('The Santa Clause')

3. David Huddleston ('Santa Claus: the Movie')

4. Tom Hanks ('The Polar Express')

5. Billy Bob Thornton ('Bad Santa')

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