In honor of the holiday weekend, Indiewire has decided to count down the top 10 grossing films where Thanksgiving itself factors into the film.
While Thanksgiving might be an intensely popular time to go to the movies, it’s not exactly a powerhouse of a film subject in itself. Only 7 films with Thanksgiving as a major plot or setting point have grossed over $20 million domestically, and only one of those films – the recently released Adam Sandler comedy “Jack & Jill” – was released in the past 10 years.
If one adjusts for inflation, two classics from the mid-1980s are the clear winners: 1987’s John Hughes comedy “Planes, Trains and Automobiles” (which took in $99.4 million in 2011 dollars) and Woody Allen’s “Hannah and Her Sisters” ($85.5 million).
Here’s the top 10 (without adjusting for inflation). Note that the holiday is a more dominant theme in some films over others, and that the critically detested “Jack and Jill” is still in release, and could potentially end up becoming #1, as sad as that would be.