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‘A Christmas Story’ film celebrating 40th birthday

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The holiday classic, which is set in the fictional town of Hohman, Indiana, “A Christmas Story” is celebrating its 40th birthday this year.
Released in November of 1983, the film was a moderate sleeper hit in theaters, earning $19 million against a budget of $3.3 million. But once it hit TV, the movie became a holiday staple. For close to 20 years, the film has aired repeatedly on TBS and TNT throughout the holiday season.
Each channel had swapped doing “24 Hours of A Christmas Story” for several years; in 2014, both networks began a tradition of running it concurrently with a one-hour offset in start times so that audiences can conceivably jump in at almost any point in the film.
2019 brought the improbable statistic that of the 25 highest rated TV programs that ran on Christmas Day, 13 of them were airings of A Christmas Story.

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