Box office performance
The movie debuted at #2 at the box-office while grossing $11,750,203 during the opening weekend, behind Back to the Future Part II. The movie eventually topped the box-office charts in its third week of release and remained #1 the following weekend. It went on to gross a total of $71,319,546 in the United States while showing in movie theaters.
Despite many popular songs being present in the film, there is no official soundtrack that exists for the film. In 1999, copies of a “10th Anniversary Limited Edition” began to appear on Internet auction sites with the claim that Warner Brothers and RedDotNet had pressed 20,000 CD’s for Six Flags Magic Mountain employees to give to customers entering the park. The discs were individually numbered out of “20,000” and were sold with most of the music featured in the film along with select cuts of dialogue. Forums on movie music sites such as SoundtrackCollector and Movie Music have declared the disc to be a bootleg put together by a fan. For instance, the cut, “Christmas Vacation Medley” (claiming to be the work of composer Angelo Badalamenti), is really a track called, “Christmas at Carnegie Hall” from Home Alone 2: Lost in New York by composer John Williams and does not actually contain any of Badalamenti’s score from the film.
This is the only sequel in the Vacation series to have spawned its own direct sequel: a direct-to-video 2003 release entitled National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation 2: Cousin Eddie’s Island Adventure. Randy Quaid and Mirriam Flynn returned as Eddie and Catherine, along with Dana Barron again appearing as Audrey, which she played in Vacation, and Eric Idle, who played “The Bike Rider” in European Vacation reprises the role, only this time being credited as “British Man on Plane”. Christmas Vacation is preceded in the Vacation series by:
–National Lampoon’s Vacation (1983)
-National Lampoon’s European Vacation (1985)
Christmas Vacation is followed in the series by:
-Vegas Vacation (1997)
-National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation 2: Cousin Eddie’s Island Adventure (2003)
-Hotel Hell Vacation (2010)
- The broadcast television rights to Christmas Vacation are held by NBC, which currently airs a censored version of the movie every December, usually on a Sunday night. In 2006, NBC did not air the movie, which instead appeared on TBS, which listed it six times on its schedule between Sunday, December 17 and Sunday. December 24, 2006. The TBS broadcast included some of the risque language of the theatrical release, including the series of double entendre remarks a flustered Clark utters when he encounters sexy department store saleswoman Mary (Nicolette Scorsese) at the negligee counter. Th CBC, however, retains much of the footage its American counterparts have excised. For example, in the beginning of the film, Clark is antagonized by a couple of men in a truck and then flips them off. This is shown in Canada, but not in the USA.
- TheFrench version of the film is also broadcast every year b TVA, usually in mid-December.
- TNT broke with tradition starting in September 2007 by airing Christmas Vacation six times during the weekend of the 15th and 16th mixed between the original Vacation and Vegas Vacation. It is not known if NBC has made an agreement with TNT’s regular programming and rights for the film, but the networks share coverage for sporting events such as the PGA and NASCAR races.
- On December 19, 2007, the film made its debut on Turner Classic Movies.
- The film aired on Cinemax and HBO from June 2008 to June 2009.
- In Australia, TheNine Network has a tradition where it is aired every Christmas night.
- In the UK, Christmas Vacation has aired numerous years, usually around the festive season; ITV currently holds the UK rights to film, although the rest of the Vacation movie series is held by five.
- On October 14, 2009, the film made its debut on CMT.
- The movie aired on AMC every 3-4 nights during December 2009 and for 24 hours on Christmas Day to very strong ratings. Chase and co-star Beverly D’Angelo were reunited as the Griswolds in a 2010 Super Bowl commercial touting vacation rental homes.
- The scene in the movie where Clark destroys the Santa’s Reindeer ornaments is seen briefly in Rocky V, when Rocky’s son is watching TV with his friends on Christmas night.
- This is the first National Lampoons episode with the Griswolds to feature Rusty younger than Audrey. In the past, Audrey was the younger sibling.
- Cody Burger who plays Rocky, did not have a single line in the entire movie.