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Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol holds back Sherlock Holmes at the weekend box office

January 1, 2012 | Written By: Brad Sturdivant

Tom Cruise and Paula Patton in MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE - GHOST PROTOCOL

Since there were no wide releases this weekend, MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE – GHOST PROTOCOL remained atop the box office for the second weekend in a row.  The box office success is nice, but what’s most impressive about MI4 is that critics all around seem to love it as well (it even made our list of the Top Ten Movies of 2011).  And for those keeping score at home, MI4 has now passed $300 million worldwide.  So now the only questions is, when are they going to start work on Mission Impossible 5?  The runner up for the second weekend in a row was SHERLOCK HOLMES – A GAME OF SHADOWS.  The studio seems to be disappointed with the film’s numbers and honestly, I’m surprised it hasn’t done better.  It at least should have done as well as the original.

Next week is another week off for studios as the only wide release is THE DEVIL INSIDE.  Not sure that releasing a horror movie two weeks removed from Christmas is the best strategy, but it will be in theaters if you’re interested.  Otherwise, you can catch up on some of the Christmas releases you might have missed out on, like WE BOUGH A ZOO or EXTREMELY LOUD AND INCREDIBLY CLOSE.  Note: the numbers below will be updated as they become final and include the 3 day holiday total.

1. Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol $28.2m

2. Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows $20.8m

3. Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked $18m

4. The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo $13.9m

5. We Bought a Zoo $13m

6. War Horse $13m

7. The Adventures of Tintin $11.4m

8. New Year’s Eve $5.4m

9. The Darkest Hour $3.8m

10. The Muppets $2.7m

Source: Deadline

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