'Mission: Impossible 4' Rules Box Office on Christmas Holiday Weekend

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Grossing $29.5 million, 'Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol' knocks down some high-profile newcomers like 'The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo' and 'The Adventures of Tintin'.
"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:
  1. "Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol" - $29.5 million
  2. "Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows" - $20.2 million
  3. *"The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)" - $12.7 million
  4. *"Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chip-Wrecked" - $12.6 million
  5. "The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn" - $9.7 million
  6. "We Bought a Zoo" - $9.4 million
  7. *"War Horse" - 7.5 million
  8. "New Year's Eve" - $3.3 million
  9. *"The Darkest Hour" - $23 million
  10. "The Muppets" - $2.1 million
*UPDATE (December 27, 2011 01:39 GMT): When the final figures came out on Monday, December 26, "Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chip-Wrecked" dropped another slot to the fourth. Hence, it swapped place with "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo", which now secured the third position on the chart. Meanwhile, "War Horse" and "The Darkest Hour", which have just been released on December 25, entered the top 10 chart, forcing "The Twilight Saga's Breaking Dawn Part I" and "Hugo" to drop a few spots.

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