It’s Mission Accomplished as Ghost Protocal controls the Christmas Box Office

If you had asked most Hollywood executives who would rule the Christmas box office this year, most would have said Robert Downey Jr’s Sherlock Holmes. But lo and behold a rejuvenated Tom Cruise destroyed the competition with his four-quel Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol which took in $46 million over the 4 day holiday weekend. That makes for a $78 million total take for the film which is headed to blockbuster status which would be a first for Cruise since 2005’s War of the Worlds. (And let me add, that the latest Mission is actually pretty darn good. It’s a very solid and entertaining if a tad ludicrous action film. Grade: B+) Holding up decently in second was Sherlock Homes with another $31 million while Alvin and the Chipmunks took third with $20 million just barely beating the $19 million for the awesome new R rated action drama The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. Opening modestly with $16 million was Steven Spielberg’s The Adventures of Tin Tin which barely edged Spielberg’s War Horse and Matt Damon’s We Bought a Zoo. All of the aforementioned films should have a nice week ahead with children out of school and many people off of work. One film that is DOA though was the final opener, the horror film The Darkest Hour which tanked with just $5 million. For more on all these numbers, head to Box Office Mojo here and check out the new top ten below.

TW LW Title (click to view) Studio Weekend Gross % Change Theater Count / Change Average Total Gross Budget* Week #
1 3 Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol Par. $46,210,000 +261.4% 3,448 +3,023 $13,402 $78,645,000 $145 2
2 1 Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows WB $31,810,000 -19.7% 3,703 – $8,590 $90,564,000 – 2
3 2 Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked Fox $20,000,000 -14.0% 3,734 +11 $5,356 $56,940,000 $75 2
4 N The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011) Sony $19,400,000 – 2,914 – $6,658 $27,776,000 $90 1
5 N The Adventures of Tintin Par. $16,100,000 – 3,087 – $5,215 $24,107,000 – 1
6 N We Bought a Zoo Fox $15,600,000 – 3,117 – $5,005 $15,600,000 – 1
7 N War Horse BV $15,025,000 – 2,376 – $6,324 $15,025,000 – 1
8 N The Darkest Hour Sum. $5,500,000 – 2,324 – $2,367 $5,500,000 $30 1
9 4 New Year’s Eve WB (NL) $4,950,000 -32.3% 2,225 -1,280 $2,225 $34,287,000 $56 3
10 11 The Descendants FoxS $3,425,000 +4.8% 813 -65 $4,213 $33,717,000 – 6

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