"Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol" successfully tops the North American box office on this Christmas holiday weekend. The Tom Cruise-starring action movie rakes in $29.5 million for a total domestic cume of $59 million since its December 16 release date.
Last week chart-topper, "Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows", secures the second place this week with approximately $17.8 million, dropping 55.1% from last week. The sequel to 2009's "Sherlock Holmes" collects a total cume of $76.5 million after two weeks playing in cinemas.
Trailing behind "Sherlock Holmes 2" is comedy movie *"Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chip-Wrecked". Landing on the third spot, the Mike Mitchell-directed family film grosses $12.6 million for a ten-day domestic total of $50.3 million.
*"The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)", meanwhile, comes at number four on its debut weekend. Starring Daniel Craig and Rooney Mara, the novel-adapted film bags $12.7 million for a five-day domestic cume of $21.4 million. The crime thriller also opened in the Scandinavian countries over the weekend, grossing $1.6 million.
Rounding up the top five is Steven Spielberg's "The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn", which rakes in $9.7 million in its opening week. Paramount Pictures has predicted that "Tintin" would be a challenge in the U.S. where the character is relatively unknown.
Another newcomer that can't make it to the top five this weekend is "We Bought a Zoo", which lands on the sixth place. Despite the "A" CinemaScore given to the Matt Damon and Scarlett Johansson-starring drama, it receives a disappointing opening with $9.4 million.
Top Ten Movies at Box Office for December 23 - 25: