Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol beats The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo at the weekend box office

Posted by: Brad Sturdivant

I feel a little vindication after MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE – GHOST PROTOCOL took the big Christmas weekend box office.  After a hard few years of defending Tom Cruise, I feel that the rest of America has finally been reminded of what I knew all along; Tom Cruise is one of the few movie stars left today.  With MI4, the guy shined and the movie was great.  Anyone that saw it this weekend should be looking forward to his upcoming projects, including OBLVION and ALL YOU NEED IS KILL.  The other big movie opening up this weekend was the long awaited English language remake of THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO. The film managed a fourth place showing, but $20 million over the four day holiday weekend isn’t that bad for such a dark and violent R-rated film.  And there’s something wrong with the world when the third Alvin and the Chipmunks movie manages to make more than a Steven Spielberg new release.

EXTREMELY LOUD AND INCREDIBLY CLOSE opens today and although I enjoyed the film, I can’t see it doing that well at the box office.  People don’t want to be reminded of 9/11 on Christmas day.  Next weekend starts the downward trend of movies for the next few months with only a few Oscar hopefuls and forgotten films being released.  Note: the numbers below will be updated as they become final and include the 4 day holiday weekend totals.

Tom Cruise in Mission Impossible Ghost Protocol

1. Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol $39.5m

2. Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows $25m

3. Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked $21.1m

4. The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo $20m

5. The Adventures of Tintin $14m

6. We Bought a Zoo $11.7m

7. New Year’s Eve $5.4m

8. Arthur Christmas $4m

9. The Muppets $3.6m

10. Hugo $2.7m

Source: Deadline

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