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Weekend Box-Office: December 23-25, 2011

Dec. 26, 2011by: Dave Davis

Mission Accomplished!

Christmas wasn't just busy for the dude in the red suit this year, as the Sunday holiday itself ended up being fairly big at the box office (note that the weekend figures below are for the traditional 3-day Fri.-Sun. weekend, but the totals include Monday estimates). It's not a monumental weekend overall, but MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE - GHOST PROTOCOL climbed to the top with a $29.5M grab ($46.2M including Monday), bringing its tally up to $78.5M since it opened in IMAX on December 16th. Good news for Tom, director Brad Bird and fans of modern action-espionage flicks.

The other new releases didn't quite hit such holiday heights. David Fincher's adaptation of THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO was perhaps too bleak for the holly jolly holiday and only hit third on the chart with $12.7M (if you look at it as a 4-day take, TATTOO is actually in fourth behind ALVIN AND THE CHIPMUNKS: CHIPWRECKED). Lisbeth Salander also wasn't tough enough to beat Robert Downey Jr., as SHERLOCK HOLMES: A GAME OF SHADOWS easily took second place in its second week with $20.2M for the 3-day and a grand total of $90.5M so far.

Those digital critters were also a top choice for families over the holiday weekend, with ALVIN AND THE CHIPMUNKS: CHIPWRECKED chipping off another $12.6M and proving to be a more enticing option than THE ADVENTURES OF TINTIN and WE BOUGHT A ZOO, which both brought in close to the same amount over the 3-day. Those were clearly the selections for family crowds -- THE MUPPETS might have barely squeaked into the Top 10, but HUGO and ARTHUR CHRISTMAS are history.

TINTIN may not ever be a colossal hit in the US but it's already made $240M overseas, so director Steven Spielberg can breathe a sigh of relief and watch his WAR HORSE also get some attention (and some decent audience and critical response) with $7.5M on its Christmas Day opening, and even more on Monday. The other Christmas release, the alien invasion flick THE DARKEST HOUR, couldn't say the same, landing on the chart below the much-reviled romcom NEW YEAR'S EVE.

Outside the chart, limited releases THE ARTIST, TINKER TAILOR SOLDIER SPY, CARNAGE and A DANGEROUS METHOD continue strong business, as did the limited premieres of EXTREMELY LOUD & INCREDIBLY CLOSE and Angelina Jolie's directing debut IN THE LAND OF BLOOD AND HONEY.

With no major new releases for a couple of weeks, all the same movies will be playing in the sandbox for a while. And even though next weekend presents a similar challenge to the box office with New Year's Eve on Saturday night, lots of vacation time for people means that business should be solid almost every day until 2012. Did you go to the movies over the Christmas weekend? VOTE HERE!

# MOVIE TITLE WKND $ TOTAL $
1. Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol $29.5 M $78.6 M
2. Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows $20.2 M $90.5 M
3. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo $12.7 M $27.7 M
4. Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chip-Wrecked $12.6 M $56.8 M
5. The Adventures of Tintin: Secret of the Unicorn $9.7 M $24.1 M
6. We Bought a Zoo $9.4 M $15.6 M
7. War Horse $7.5 M $15.5 M
8. New Year's Eve $3.3 M $34.2 M
9. The Darkest Hour $3 M $5.5 M
10. The Muppets $2.1 M $76.9 M

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Source: Box Office Mojo

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12:29PM on 12/27/2011
NO ONES CALLING TINTIN A BOMB??
NO ONES CALLING TINTIN A BOMB??
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12:41PM on 12/27/2011
Tintin has made over $263 million worldwide with a $135 million budget.

How has it bombed?
Tintin has made over $263 million worldwide with a $135 million budget.

How has it bombed?
12:07PM on 12/27/2011
I was able to go to the movies for the first time in a long time on Monday and saw MI4 it was pretty solid movie I had a good time.
I was able to go to the movies for the first time in a long time on Monday and saw MI4 it was pretty solid movie I had a good time.
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1:36AM on 12/27/2011
Haven't seen Mission Impossible 4 yet, but glad to see Mr. Cruise back on top again where he belongs. The man is a beast.

Happy to see Sherlock Holmes 2 doing very well. Great movie that easily surpassed the original. Would easily and love to see it again for a third time.
Haven't seen Mission Impossible 4 yet, but glad to see Mr. Cruise back on top again where he belongs. The man is a beast.

Happy to see Sherlock Holmes 2 doing very well. Great movie that easily surpassed the original. Would easily and love to see it again for a third time.
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1:04AM on 12/27/2011

The Solid 7

There are 7 films in this weekend's top 10 that seem well worth seeing. Wish they could all be equally successful. CG Alvin, please just go away.
There are 7 films in this weekend's top 10 that seem well worth seeing. Wish they could all be equally successful. CG Alvin, please just go away.
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10:59PM on 12/26/2011

Cruise is Da man !!

the movie was awesome for what it is !!! freaking unthinkable that the guy is reaching the 50 (and that he is only 5'7 loll) !! JCVD is just 2 year older and he looks like 20 year more!
the movie was awesome for what it is !!! freaking unthinkable that the guy is reaching the 50 (and that he is only 5'7 loll) !! JCVD is just 2 year older and he looks like 20 year more!
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10:31PM on 12/26/2011
It's nice to see The Muppets still hanging around.
It's nice to see The Muppets still hanging around.
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9:25PM on 12/26/2011
If The Artist and Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy don't come to my theater soon I'm going to be pretty pissed, because all that's coming out in January is shit movies like the new Underworld.
If The Artist and Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy don't come to my theater soon I'm going to be pretty pissed, because all that's coming out in January is shit movies like the new Underworld.
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9:18PM on 12/26/2011
MI4 was good but the villain was weak and the plot was generic, but the execution was superb.
MI4 was good but the villain was weak and the plot was generic, but the execution was superb.
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9:05PM on 12/26/2011
loved MI:4, I don't care for sherlock holmes, didnt like the last one and wanted to see the Darkest Hour, but it was only in 3D here, so I refuse to pay for that crap. Maybe studios will finally learn not every movie works with 3D. I would pay to see MI:4 again.
loved MI:4, I don't care for sherlock holmes, didnt like the last one and wanted to see the Darkest Hour, but it was only in 3D here, so I refuse to pay for that crap. Maybe studios will finally learn not every movie works with 3D. I would pay to see MI:4 again.
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6:21PM on 12/26/2011
I seriously question the sanity of anyone who would release something like TGWTDT or TinTin against the likes of MI:4 and Sherlock Holmes 2.
I seriously question the sanity of anyone who would release something like TGWTDT or TinTin against the likes of MI:4 and Sherlock Holmes 2.
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6:51PM on 12/26/2011
I do agree with you but with Dragon Tattoo it has a shitload of people who love the book, though, I know a lot of them already saw the original.
I do agree with you but with Dragon Tattoo it has a shitload of people who love the book, though, I know a lot of them already saw the original.
9:05PM on 12/26/2011
the same with the movie the Darkest hour, should have waited a week or two to release it.
the same with the movie the Darkest hour, should have waited a week or two to release it.
1:40AM on 12/27/2011
The Darkest Hour wasn't going to make alot of money on any week you released it. Cool concept yeah, but the money it made this week makes sense.
The Darkest Hour wasn't going to make alot of money on any week you released it. Cool concept yeah, but the money it made this week makes sense.
6:17PM on 12/26/2011

Welcome back, Mr. Cruise

Glad "M:I-4" became the box office champ this weekend. Saw it last week and was the best of the four so far. It felt like a real "Mission: Impossible" movie that focused on the team aspect. My score is 3.5/4.
Glad "M:I-4" became the box office champ this weekend. Saw it last week and was the best of the four so far. It felt like a real "Mission: Impossible" movie that focused on the team aspect. My score is 3.5/4.
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9:20PM on 12/26/2011
better than than MI2??
better than than MI2??
1:34AM on 12/27/2011
I love all 3 of the Mission Impossible movies (haven't seen the fourth one yet), but Mission Impossible 2 is my favorite and I consider it the best one out of the first three. The new one might give the second one a run for its money.
I love all 3 of the Mission Impossible movies (haven't seen the fourth one yet), but Mission Impossible 2 is my favorite and I consider it the best one out of the first three. The new one might give the second one a run for its money.
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