Paramount's Mission Impossible -- Ghost Protocol towered above a slew of imposing openers and strong holdovers as it grossed an estimated $25.8 million over the Friday-to-Sunday holiday period and $39.5 million between Friday and Monday. The film, which opened last weekend primarily in a limited number of IMAX theaters, expanded on Wednesday, and will have earned around $71.9 million domestically as of Monday. Two holdover films finished in second and third place, with Warner Bros.' Sherlock Holmes A Game of Shadows and Fox's ALVIN And THE CHIPMUNKS Chipwrecked grossing about $17.8 million and $13.3 million respectively for the three-day weekend. Three new films followed with relatively soft numbers. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo , which some pundits had expected would give Ghost Protocol a run for the money, proved to be somewhat of a disappointment as it collected $13 million over the three days to place fourth. Steven Spielberg's The Adventures of Tintin proved to be an even greater disappointment. Although it opened strongly overseas, where it has collected $230 million to date, its opening in North America brought in only $9.1 million for the three days. Another Spielberg film, War Horse , is being launched today (Sunday). And Cameron Crowe's We Bought a Zoo appeared mighty toothless as it debuted with just $7.8 million. The entire take for the top 12 films over the three days came to an estimated $88 million -- down 33 percent from the same weekend a year ago when the opening of Little Fockers led with $30.8 million.

The top ten films for the weekend, according to studio estimates compiled by Box Office Mojo 1. Mission Impossible -- Ghost Protocol , $26.5 million; 2. S herlock Holmes A Game of Shadows , $17.8 million; 3. Alvin and the Chipmunks Chipwrecked , $13.3 million; 4. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo , $13 million; 5. The Adventures of Tintin , $9.1 million; 6. We Bought a Zoo , $7.8 million; 7. New Year's Eve , $3 million; 8. Arthur Christmas , $2.7 million; 9. Hugo , $2.03 million; 10. The Muppets , $2 million.

26/12/2011