Movie Flashback: This Sequel was Number One at the Box Office 20 years
12.03.12 by Chris
Can you believe they left him behind ... again!?
20 years ago today Home Alone 2: Lost in New York was the No. 1 movie in the country. Despite the ridiculous concept that a family could leave their son behind a second time, audiences were still in love with Macaulay Culkin and the sequel went on to earn a cool $173 million in theaters. While that's a pretty impressive haul, it's about $100 million short of the original, which grossed an astounding $285 million in 1990.
The sequel was also a big payday for Culkin, who earned $8 million, the biggest paycheck ever to a 12 year-old child. Though Culkin wouldn't go on to reprise his role as Kevin McCallister, the franchise didn't stop with Lost in New York. The studio tried to squeeze out another sequel, Home Alone 3, in 1997 but the Culkin-free sequel earned just $30 million.
Still, after 20 years, Home Alone 2 still holds its own in the record books. It remains the No. 2 Christmas-themed movie of all time (behind only, of course, Home Alone). Some other fun facts from Home Alone 2:
— All of the children who appeared in the toy store scene were allowed to take their favorite toy home as part of their salary
— A real-life version of the Talkboy, the tape recorder Kevin plays with in the movie, was created by Tiger Electronics shortly after the film's release, brought on by a massive letter-writing campaign by young fans of the film.
— Donald Trump makes a cameo in the Plaza lobby where Kevin asks him for directions. Trump owned the hotel during the making of this film.