In short: As millions gathered for the long holiday weekend, many donned pirate hats in search of something to watch for free during the break. Christmas movies are always a hit this time of year, and 2022 hasn’t disappointed in that regard.
TorrentFreak, which compiled data from BitTorrent over the past weekend, has compiled a list of the most pirated classic Christmas movies and has come up with a clear winner. Home Alone, starring Macaulay Culkin, Joe Pesci and Daniel Stern, topped the list, with its sequel Home Alone 2: Lost in New York coming in second.
“The Grinch”, “The Elf” and “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” rounded out the top five in that order.
Home Alone was released in November 1990. Culkin played protagonist Kevin McCallister, a boy who defends his home from burglars after being accidentally abandoned while his family goes on holiday to Paris for Christmas. The film crushed him at the box office, grossing $476.7 million, while simultaneously launching Culkin’s acting career. It was the highest-grossing live-action comedy until it was overtaken by The Hangover Part II in 2011.
Home Alone has since become a holiday tradition for millions, as evidenced by its TorrentFreak List. It continues to resonate with audiences and has remained relevant for over 30 years, thanks in part to contemporary toy tie-ins such as those in funko and Lego.
Last year, the real house where the movie was filmed was made available for one night stay. Airbnb.
Several sequels followed, but none of them starred Culkin, and only one of them was shown in theaters. Most consider all but the first two films to be failures, simply trying to capitalize on the franchise’s title.
For those looking to rewatch Home Alone or watch it for the first time, there are plenty of legitimate ways to do so. The movie is readily available on Disney+ for streaming or can be purchased directly through services such as Prime Video, iTunes or YouTube.