We’re now in the first week of December, which means it’s socially acceptable to start watching those holiday films you love so much. Watching Christmas and holiday movies is an American institution — so far this year there have been at least three holiday releases in theaters, not to mention what’s coming to Netflix this month.
But while you may have a personal favorite Christmas movie, do you know what Texas’ favorite Christmas movie is?
CableTV.com just put together an infographic map culling data on the top-rated holiday movies from viewers of the American Movie Classics (AMC) channel. That data was then cross-referenced with Google Trends state data from the last 10 years to see which movies were most likely to have been seen in those states.
Texas’ favorite is the 1990 home invasion comedy “Home Alone,” starring Macaulay Culkin, Joe Pesci and Daniel Stern. We’re in good company, as Oregon, North Dakota, Minnesota, Illinois (where the film is set), Louisiana, Georgia, Florida (where part of “Home Alone 2: Lost in New York” is set), Washington, D.C. and Virginia.
Maybe it’s the swift carrying out of justice that has Texas’ Christmas filmgoers all holly and jolly. Or maybe it’s because this list was made with data from AMC cross-referenced with Google trends, whichever.
Other big holiday films include “Elf,” a hit in eight states; “Miracle on 34th Street;” “It’s A Wonderful Life;” “The Nightmare Before Christmas;” and, in a surprise vote, the Bill Murray comedy “Scrooged,” which apparently is a big hit in Colorado, Hawai’i, New Hampshire and Washington.
“Die Hard” did not make this list, which is just plain wrong. Check out the full map here.
What about you? Is your favorite movie snubbed from this list? Let us know in the comments.