Home Alone was the most pirated classic Christmas movie of 2022
In short: As millions settled in 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 at this time of year, and 2022 didn’t disappoint in that regard.
TorrentFreak, which collected data from BitTorrent over the past weekend, has compiled a list of the most pirated classic Christmas movies and a clear winner has emerged. Home Alone, starring Macaulay Culkin, Joe Pesci and Daniel Stern, tops the list followed by its sequel, Home Alone 2: Lost in New York, in second place.
The Grinch, Elf and How the Grinch Stole Christmas round out the top five, in that order.
Home Alone was released in theaters in November 1990. Culkin played protagonist Kevin McCallister, a young boy who defends his home from burglars after he is accidentally abandoned when his family vacations in Paris for Christmas. The film crushed it 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 overtaking The TorrentFreak list. It continues to resonate with viewers and has stayed fresh for over 30 years thanks in part to modern toy ties like those of Funko and Lego.
Last year, the actual house where the movie was shot was made available for an overnight stay on Airbnb.
Several sequels followed, but none featured Culkin and only one was ever released in theaters. Most consider anything not in the first two films a flop, simply trying to capitalize on the franchise name.
Those interested in reviewing Home Alone or checking it out for the first time have plenty of legal avenues to do so. The film is readily available on Disney+ for streaming or can be purchased directly through services like Prime Video, iTunes or YouTube.