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article imageMission: Impossible — Ghost Protocol Tops US Box Office

By Tim Sandle     Dec 27, 2011 in Entertainment
The fourth Mission Impossible movie "Ghost Protocol" has won the battle at the U.S. box office over the holiday weekend. Some other releases did not perform quite as well.
The Christmas weekend is one of the biggest grossing weekends for the U.S. box office. With 2011 not having been the best year for the multiplexes (attendances are 5.3% down on 2010) high hopes were placed on the winter blockbusters reviving fortunes for cinemas and studios. So which film came out on top over Christmas?
Over the four-day holiday weekend it was "Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol" which finished in top spot. As the BBC reports the latest instalment made $46.2m (£29.5m) and pushed the new Sherlock Holmes into second place (with $17.8 million.) Reports of Tom Cruise as a box-office draw being on the wane appear to have been misplaced.
The previous week, the Guy Ritchie-directed "Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows" was in top place at both the US and Canadian box office. In its opening week, "A Game of Shadows", starring Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law, had made $40m (£25.8m) in the US. A healthy showing in a slow week, but trumped by Tom Cruise as agent Ethan Hunt in "Ghost Protocol" the following week.
Metro indicates that overall taking were disappointing and some movies did not perform as well as expected. Here attentions focuses on David Fincher's remake of "The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo", starring Daniel Craig and Rooney Mara, which debuted at four with $19.4m. This was a lower taking than the Fox backed family-film "Alvin and The Chipmunks: Chipwrecked", which earned $20m in its second week on release.
Coming in at number five, with $16.1m, is Spielberg's "The Adventures of Tintin" movie (a 3D film), which has been released two-months after its European release (co-written by Doctor Who producer Steven Moffat). At number six was "We Bought A Zoo", with Scarlet Johansson and Matt Damon, which made $15.8 million. A second Steven Spielberg film came in at number seven, the World War One set "War Horse", which gathered $15 million.
At eighth is the Moscow set science fiction film "The Darkest Hour"; at ninth the Sarah Jessica Parker led romantic comedy "New Year's Eve", with the new Muppets movie coming in at number ten.
The latest chart placings are hosted and continually updated on Box Office Mojo.
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