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On This Day - December 21

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Record Day

The chart below contains the top 10 movies based on daily domestic revenue recorded on December 21.

Year Title Day of
Week
Day Domestic
Box Office
2015 Star Wars Ep. VII: The Force Awakens Monday $40,109,742 $936,662,225
2003 The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King Sunday $23,326,111 $377,845,905
2002 The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers Saturday $22,752,057 $342,548,984
2014 The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies Sunday $16,763,949 $255,119,788
2007 National Treasure 2: Book of Secrets Friday $16,739,339 $219,961,501
2009 Avatar Monday $16,385,820 $760,507,625
2016 Rogue One: A Star Wars Story Wednesday $14,965,790 $532,177,324
2001 The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring Friday $14,293,000 $315,544,750
2013 The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Saturday $12,270,560 $258,366,855
2016 Sing Wednesday $11,010,175 $270,329,045

Record Opening Day

The chart below contains the top movies based on domestic opening day on December 21.

Year Title Day of
Week
Opening
Day
Domestic
Box Office
2007 National Treasure 2: Book of Secrets Friday $16,739,339 $219,961,501
2016 Sing Wednesday $11,010,175 $270,329,045
2011 The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo Wednesday $5,065,496 $102,515,793
2012 Jack Reacher Friday $5,021,737 $80,070,736
2016 Assassin’s Creed Wednesday $4,623,401 $54,647,948
2016 Passengers Wednesday $4,106,572 $100,014,092
2007 Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street Friday $3,832,426 $52,898,073
2005 Fun With Dick And Jane Wednesday $3,761,129 $110,550,000
2001 Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius Friday $3,736,000 $80,936,232
2012 This is 40 Friday $3,714,075 $67,544,505

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 21.

Year Title Weekend Domestic
Box Office
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
2001 The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring $47,211,490 $315,544,750
2007 National Treasure 2: Book of Secrets $44,783,772 $219,961,501
2012 The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey $36,888,365 $303,003,568
2007 I am Legend $33,503,201 $256,393,010
2013 The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug $31,505,278 $258,366,855
1997 Titanic $28,638,131 $659,328,801
2007 Alvin and the Chipmunks $28,179,556 $217,326,974

Future Releases

Movies to be released on this date in the future: 2018: Untitled / Fox / DWA Blue Sky December 21, 2018, Aquaman, Transformers 6, Untitled Fox/Lightstorm Film, 2022: Untitled Illumination Animated Film

Born and Died

Born on this day in history: John G. Avildsen (1935, died on June 16th, 2017 at the age of 81), Jared Martin (1941, died on May 24th, 2017 at the age of 75), Samuel L. Jackson (1948, turns 69 this year), Ray Romano (1957, turns 60 this year), Steven Mnuchin (1962, turns 55 this year)

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

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