The Devil Destroys the Box Office while Tinker Tailor tackles the Top Ten

We have the first big breakout movie of 2012 as the atrocious “found footage” horror movie, The Devil Inside, opened to a big $34.5 million. It’s all the more stunning because the film only cost $1 million to make and the reviews and audience polling are terrible. Watch for a quick fade for the picture, but regardless, Paramount will have a giant profit. They’ll also be profiting from Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol which is chugging along quite nicely taking in another $20 million for second. Holding up best of the repeating films in the top ten was the brilliant The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo which only fell 24% for another $11.3 million and now seems a shoo-in to cross the $100 million mark. If it can nab some Oscar nominations, which I’m betting it will, it could go even farther…. The other big news in the top ten was the British indie Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy barging into the top ten at # 9. For more on all the numbers, head to Box Office Mojo here, and check out the new top ten below.

Top Ten Movies (Jan 6-8, 2012)
1. The Devil Inside, $ 34.5 million (debut)
2. Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocal, $ 20.5 million ($ 170.2 miillion total)
3. Sherlock Holmes: Game of Shadows, $ 14.1 million ($ 157.4 million)
4. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, $ 11.3 million ($ 76.8 million)
5. Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked, $ 9.5 million ($ 111. 6 million)
6. War Horse, $ 8.6 million ($ 56.8 million)
7. We Bought a Zoo, $ 8.5 million ($ 56.6 million)
8. The Adventures of Tin Tin, $ 6.6 million ($ 61.9 million)
9. Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, $ 5.8 million ($ 10. 4 million)
10. New Year’s Day, 3.3 million ($ 52 million)

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