It was just less than a year after that he would go on to star in the movie in 1994 - both of which were well received.
The actor's next movies, The Pagemaster and Richie Rich didn't have quite the same huge success that his previous films did and even though they still reportedly made a profit, it was their poor showing that made everyone notice that Culkin's life may not have been all the glitz and glamour that most people had come to expect.
But the actor has since dropped off the radar somewhat after a rather controversial personal life.
To commemorate his birthday, IBTimes UK looks back on the eventful journey Culkin took, from being a cute-looking child star to becoming the unfortunate victim of frequent internet death hoaxes and eventually struggling with drug addiction...
He is the brother of Shane Culkin, Dakota Culkin, Kieran Culkin, Quinn Culkin, Christian Culkin, and Rory Culkin, most of whom have also acted.Director Chris Columbus recalled shooting the film's most iconic moment -- a then 9-year-old Culkin's signature scream."The script called for [Macaulay Culkin] to put shaving lotion on and suddenly it burns his skin and he screams," Columbus said."Fun times last night after show in the #Times Square with friends @Clare Grant, Macaulay Culkin, and the master of the selfie, my pal @Seth Green," Saget wrote.WATCH: What Has Macaulay Culkin Been Up to Since His Child Star Days?His parents eventually divorced, but this just created new problems for Culkin when both of them started fighting for his custody just so they could exploit his fortune, allegedly worth over m (£19m) at that point.