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On This Day - December 20

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Record Day

The chart below contains the top 10 movies based on daily domestic revenue recorded on December 20.

Year Title Day of
Week
Day Domestic
Box Office
2015 Star Wars Ep. VII: The Force Awakens Sunday $60,553,189 $936,662,225
2003 The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King Saturday $27,492,053 $377,845,905
2009 Avatar Sunday $24,744,346 $760,507,625
2014 The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies Saturday $21,397,014 $255,119,788
2002 The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers Friday $19,224,340 $342,548,984
2016 Rogue One: A Star Wars Story Tuesday $17,582,978 $532,177,324
1997 Titanic Saturday $10,672,013 $659,325,379
2001 The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring Thursday $9,700,000 $315,544,750
2013 The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Friday $8,626,059 $258,366,855
1997 Tomorrow Never Dies Saturday $8,570,000 $125,304,276

Record Opening Day

The chart below contains the top movies based on domestic opening day on December 20.

Year Title Day of
Week
Opening
Day
Domestic
Box Office
2006 Rocky Balboa Wednesday $6,204,105 $70,269,899
2002 Two Weeks Notice Friday $4,664,000 $93,354,918
2002 Gangs of New York Friday $2,872,500 $77,730,500
2013 Walking with Dinosaurs Friday $2,164,499 $36,076,121
2002 The Wild Thornberrys Movie Friday $1,677,000 $40,108,697
2006 Letters from Iwo Jima Wednesday $20,522 $13,756,082

Record Weekend

The chart below contains the top 10 movies based on domestic revenue recorded on a weekend where Friday, Saturday or Sunday was December 20.

Year Title Weekend Domestic
Box Office
2015 Star Wars Ep. VII: The Force Awakens $247,966,675 $936,662,225
2009 Avatar $77,025,481 $760,507,625
2003 The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King $72,629,713 $377,845,905
2002 The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers $62,007,528 $342,548,984
2014 The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies $54,724,334 $255,119,788
2013 The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug $31,505,278 $258,366,855
1997 Titanic $28,638,131 $659,325,379
2013 Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues $26,232,425 $127,352,707
1997 Tomorrow Never Dies $25,143,007 $125,304,276
1996 Beavis and Butt-Head Do America $20,114,233 $63,118,386

Future Releases

Movies to be released on this date in the future: 2017: The Greatest Showman, Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, 2019: WICKED, Star Wars: Ep. IX, 2024: Avatar 4

Born and Died

Born on this day in history: John Hillerman (1932, died on November 9th, 2017 at the age of 84), Todd Phillips (1970, turns 47 this year), Jonah Hill (1983, turns 34 this year)

Died on this day in history: Angela McEwan (2015, at the age of 81), Michèle Morgan (2016, at the age of 96)

Note: The charts on this page are not adjusted for inflation.

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