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‘Mission’ Possible for Tom Cruise Over Christmas Box Office

After its platform release
in IMAX, Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol went wide this weekend
collecting $29.5 million over three days and a sizeable $46.2 million over
four. This fives the spy fourquel $78.6 million in the bank thus far, and
considering that the last installment grossed only $134 million in its entire
run, this is great news for a franchise that was all but written off as dead. Worldwide,
“Ghost Protocol” has amassed $218 million, or over half of number three’s total
and in just two weeks.

Two holdovers followed in
second and third over the long weekend as
Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows and
and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked
rebounded from middling debuts last
weekend, falling just 20 percent and 14 percent respectively over the four day
weekend. The period thriller has now grossed $90.6 million and is gaining on
the initially wide gap given by its predecessor and rodents and friends have
collected $56.9 million in booty.

 The Top Ten (Four Day)
1. Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol – $46.2M(weekend)…$78.6M
2. Sherlock Holmes: A Game of
Shadows – $31.8M…$90.6M
3, Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked – $20.0M…$56.9M
4. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo – $19.4M…$27.8M
5. The Adventures of Tintin – $16.1M…24.1M
6. We Bought a Zoo – $15.6M…$15.6M
7. War Horse – $15.0M…$15.0M
8. The Darkest Hour – $5.5M…$5.5M
9. New Year’s Eve –
10. The Descendants –


Though coming in at number
three over the three day weekend, David Fincher’s
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
could not hold up to the rise more accessible movies witnessed over Christmas
day. Still, for a grim R-Rated, two-and-a-half hour movie to take nearly
$30 million in its first few days is a solid start.

The Adventures of Tintin failed to reach the levels it did internationally,
but it still managed $24.1 million since its midweek release and should play
well into the New Year.

We Bought a Zoo was unremarkable in seventh with $15.6 million
over the long weekend, which was way down from debuts of similar films such as
Marley and Me and even Dolphin Tale from earlier this year.

If “Tintin” was weak for
Spielberg, he more than made up for it with
War Horse which, despite
being in play only two days, galloped away with $15 million.  Despite its war setting, the epic scope and
lovable central creature connected with an array of audience members.

Finally, slumming it in
at number eight was alien invasion flick
The Darkest Hour which took in just
$5.5 million since its Christmas Day debut. Expect a quick trip to store
shelves for this one.



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