Francis Ford Coppola's eagerly awaited "The Godfather Part III" grossed $6.4 million Christmas Day, the biggest box-office take for the holiday in movie history, Paramount Pictures said.

But news was bad for Warner Bros., whose "Bonfire of the Vanities" finished in eighth place, according to figures released by Exhibitor Relations Co. Inc. for the holiday viewing period.The faithful flocked to "Home Alone," the surprise family hit by John Hughes that finished in first place with $14.9 million.

In the five-day period ending Tuesday night, "Bonfire" made just $4.2 million. Warners already had two other holiday duds, "The Rookie" and "The Sheltering Sky."

Somewhat surprisingly, the Arnold Schwarzenegger comedy-drama-romance "Kindergarten Cop" failed to draw a flood of moviegoers. The movie finished second behind "Home Alone."

"The Godfather Part III," starring Al Pacino and Andy Garcia, was third even though it played just one day in the reporting period and had drawn mixed reviews from critics. Because the epic runs two hours and 42 minutes, many theaters must show it two fewer times daily than a shorter movie.

In its first weekend of wide release, the international spy thriller "The Russia House" was seventh with receipts of $4.4 million. Meanwhile, Robert Redford's "Havana" disappeared, falling to 13th in just its third week with $1.6 million.

Here are the top movie ticket sales as tallied by Exhibitor Relations:

1. "HOME ALONE," $14.9 million ($118.6 million, six weeks).

2. "Kindergarten Cop," $11.3 million ($11.3 million, one week).

3. "The Godfather Part III," $6.4 million (one day).

4. "Edward Scissorhands," $6 million ($14.9 million, three weeks).

5. "Dances With Wolves," $5.91 million ($46.3 million, seven weeks).

6. "Look Who's Talking Too," $5.86 million ($16 million, two weeks).

7. "The Russia House," $4.4 million ($4.5 million, 11/2 weeks).

8. "The Bonfire of the Vanities," $4.2 million (one week).

9. "Misery," $4.1 million ($31.9 million, four weeks).

10. "Three Men and a Little Lady," $3.5 million ($44.4 million, five weeks).