Santa Claus: R.W. Jones/Corbis
EW Staff
May 28, 2004 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Why Santa Claus made our list of powerful characters

Surprised? Consider the $139 million gross of 2002’s ”The Santa Clause 2,” or the $173 million success of last yuletide’s ”Elf” — just two of a host of movies inspired by the man behind our year-end shopping spree. This list’s lone free agent (his sleigh won’t be drawn by any one company!), St. Nick enjoys a Q rating of 61 — highest among characters.

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