Mission: Impossible Ends the Year On Top

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The week between Christmas and New Year’s Day once again proved to be one of the busiest times at the box office, helping to make up for a down year with many of the new movies grossing between three and four times their Christmas opening weekend.

With no new wide releases over the New Year’s Eve/Day weekend, Tom Cruise’s Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol (Paramount), directed by Brad Bird, won the weekend with ease, bringing in another estimated $31.2 million to take its box office total to $134.1 million, which surpasses the domestic gross for Mission: Impossible III. Internationally, the film has earned $190.8 million for a worldwide total of $324.9 million so far.

Taking second place, Guy Ritchie’s Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (Warner Bros.), starring Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law, added another $22.1 million to its domestic take, bringing its three-week total to just behind Mission: Impossible with $132.1 million.

Fox’s Alvin and the Chipmunks – Chipwrecked took third place with $18.2 million bringing its own total to $94.6 million.

Steven Spielberg’s War Horse (DreamWorks) grossed just under $17 million in its second weekend–its first full three-day weekend after opening on Christmas Day–to take fourth place with a total of $43 million.

David Fincher’s adaptation of the bestselling novel The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (Sony) is estimated to earn $16.3 million this weekend, up 28% from its opening frame, having grossed $57.1 million after 12 days in theaters.

The Cameron Crowe-Matt Damon family drama We Bought a Zoo (20th Century Fox) was up nearly 50% from last weekend with a second weekend gross of $14.3 million and roughly $42 million grossed to date.

Although it’s been doing decent business during the week, Spielberg’s animated The Adventures of Tintin (Paramount) dropped two spots this weekend, grossing $12 million over the three-day weekend to bring its total to $47.8 million.

With a bump from the actual holiday it referenced, Gary Marshall’s rom-com anthology New Year’s Eve (New Line/WB) was up over 103% from Christmas weekend, taking 8th place with $6.7 million and $46.4 million total.

Retaining ninth place, the alien invasion thriller The Darkest Hour (Summit Entertainment) brought in $4.3 million in its second weekend for a eight-day total of $13.3 million.

A few limited releases opened on Friday in New York and Los Angeles with the Meryl Streep/Margaret Thatcher drama The Iron Lady (The Weinstein Co.) bringing in the most business, grossing an estimated $221 thousand in four theaters, an impressive per-site average of $55 thousand per location.

The critically-acclaimed Iranian drama A Separation (Sony Pictures Classics) opened in three theaters to gross $66.6 thousand, while Dee Rees’ Sundance favorite Pariah (Focus Features), which opened on Wednesday in four theaters, wound up with $46.7 thousand for the weekend.

Click here for the full box office results of the top 12 films.