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Weekend Box-Office: December 30, 2011-January 1, 2012

Jan. 1, 2012by: Dave Davis

Mission still being accepted

The New Year's holiday didn't take quite as big a chomp as the Christmas weekend did on the box office, and MISSION IMPOSSIBLE: GHOST PROTOCOL once again reigned supreme at theaters with another $31.2M (over last weekend's $29.5M 3-day take). The high-speed, building-crawling action flick has brought in $134M so far -- already more than M:I3's domestic total -- plus another $190M overseas. Seems like Tom is back on top. Maybe by the time his next impossible mission unfolds, we'll have a lot more IMAX theaters to see it...

No big shakeups on the rest of the chart, and thing fell in fairly close to what I expected (for once). SHERLOCK HOLMES: A GAME OF SHADOWS once again placed second with $22M -- also more than last week, but at this rate it's improbable that it will hit the first SHERLOCK's domestic total of $209M. ALVIN AND THE CHIPMUNKS: CHIPWRECKED wasn't far away with $18.2M, up quite a bit from last weekend's $12.5 three-day haul and creeping up on the $100 million mark, but still nowhere close to the other two in the ALVIN series, which each took over $200 million.

Steven Spielberg's WAR HORSE is proving to be a strong stallion, galloping into fourth with $16.9M and a $42.9 total since it opened last Sunday. That's a much better showing than his other movie in current release, THE ADVENTURES OF TINTIN down in seventh with $12M. But while it's struggled in the US, the CG movie is an international smash with $240M, so maybe those intended sequels will happen someday after all.

THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO landed in fifth with $16.3M, and so far David Fincher's adaptation isn't shaping up to be either an awards darling or a counterprogramming breakout. It will be interesting to see if there's some studio blame-throwing (too long, too hyped, too bleak for the season, etc.), especially if it never hits $100M.

WE BOUGHT A ZOO is still doing steady family business on the lower half of the list, but the mediocre performance of NEW YEAR'S EVE should put a stop to holiday-themed romcoms. For a while, at least. Outside the chart, TINKER, TAILOR, SOLDIER, SPY is catching the biggest biz of the limited releases, although THE ARTIST and A DANGEROUS METHOD are still doing well and new qualifying runs for THE IRON LADY, A SEPARATION and PARIAH got some notice.

Next weekend only offers one new release as the INXS-less THE DEVIL INSIDE opens (apparently every January now requires at least one demonic possession movie), which should give the current movies one more good week to battle it out. What January release are you looking forward to? VOTE HERE!

# MOVIE TITLE WKND $ TOTAL $
1. Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol $31.2 M $134.1 M
2. Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows $22 M $132.1 M
3. Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked $18.2 M $94.6 M
4. War Horse $16.9 M $42.9 M
5. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo $16.3 M $57.1 M
6. We Bought a Zoo $14.3 M $41.7 M
7. The Adventures of Tintin $12 M $47.8 M
8. New Year's Eve $6.7 M $46.3 M
9. The Darkest Hour $4.3 M $13.2 M
10. The Descendants $3.6 M $39.6 M

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Source: Box Office Mojo

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11:16PM on 01/02/2012
Glad to see Mission Impossible and Sherlock Holmes leading the top two. Two both great, fantastic films with two great leading men, Crusie and Downey Jr, leading the way.

Two of the best movie stars we have left today.
Glad to see Mission Impossible and Sherlock Holmes leading the top two. Two both great, fantastic films with two great leading men, Crusie and Downey Jr, leading the way.

Two of the best movie stars we have left today.
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1:53PM on 01/02/2012
Good for Cruise, I'm glad that MI:4 has done well. In fact I'm a little surprised it hasn't done better. However...
The film franchise deserves it, and so does Tom.
Good for Cruise, I'm glad that MI:4 has done well. In fact I'm a little surprised it hasn't done better. However...
The film franchise deserves it, and so does Tom.
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12:50PM on 01/02/2012
yeah peeps, go see Tintin! Soooo cool :)
yeah peeps, go see Tintin! Soooo cool :)
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12:10PM on 01/02/2012

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Captain Haddock works brilliantly for the most part: he's unpredictable, endearing, and colourful in all the ways Tintin himself isn't. While the youngster is well played by Jamie Bell, he's mostly just there to work out the clues for the audience.

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Captain Haddock works brilliantly for the most part: he's unpredictable, endearing, and colourful in all the ways Tintin himself isn't. While the youngster is well played by Jamie Bell, he's mostly just there to work out the clues for the audience.

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2:02AM on 01/02/2012
shit u guys in America really don't know TinTin...it is disheartening to see alvin earning more and how does a piece of shit like transformers 3 make more than MI:GP..some things seem preposterous
shit u guys in America really don't know TinTin...it is disheartening to see alvin earning more and how does a piece of shit like transformers 3 make more than MI:GP..some things seem preposterous
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12:33AM on 01/02/2012
I think The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo will pick up steam after the Holidays. It just wasnt a holiday friendly movie to see. Who would want to go see that with their mom and dad? I know it's not a family movie to begin with but during this season most people go as a family so I'm sure in January it will pick up especially if the Oscar noms come out and Mara is (and will be) nominated.
I think The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo will pick up steam after the Holidays. It just wasnt a holiday friendly movie to see. Who would want to go see that with their mom and dad? I know it's not a family movie to begin with but during this season most people go as a family so I'm sure in January it will pick up especially if the Oscar noms come out and Mara is (and will be) nominated.
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10:14PM on 01/01/2012

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Why aren't you guys in America going to see Adventures of TinTin. It was fantastic. Its what Indiana Jones should have been like. Please go and see it cos I want a sequel.... You won't be sorry.
Why aren't you guys in America going to see Adventures of TinTin. It was fantastic. Its what Indiana Jones should have been like. Please go and see it cos I want a sequel.... You won't be sorry.
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8:41PM on 01/01/2012
Well I honestly didn't expect Dragon Tattoo to be this huge hit & it was a truly great movie & adaptation of the book, more faithful then the swedish version even, I love how the article tries to explains why it's "under performed". As for the other movies it's great to see M:I4 still kicking ass & Holmes still hanging in there, I should check them both out this week finally. I also believe all the bigger movies out will still have legs the 1st couple weeks on 2012 even Dragon Tattoo, since
Well I honestly didn't expect Dragon Tattoo to be this huge hit & it was a truly great movie & adaptation of the book, more faithful then the swedish version even, I love how the article tries to explains why it's "under performed". As for the other movies it's great to see M:I4 still kicking ass & Holmes still hanging in there, I should check them both out this week finally. I also believe all the bigger movies out will still have legs the 1st couple weeks on 2012 even Dragon Tattoo, since there is no real competition in the dumping ground of early january.
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11:57AM on 01/02/2012
Trust me, after you see MI4, you'll know the term phoning it in.
Trust me, after you see MI4, you'll know the term phoning it in.
8:27PM on 01/01/2012
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7:15PM on 01/01/2012

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IM4 was mediocre, thought Cruise actually phoned it it for once, only two good sequences (hologram wall and the diamond/launch code exchange), and the rest was pretty boring. The villain was terrible, and the threat of IMF being shut down never seemed that large, but boy did they travel a lot and talk. Happy for Cruise though, too bad he's gotta' be in that Rock of Ages for P.O.S. Films. And Dragon Tattoo is doin' just fine, it's not gonna' do Social Network bucks, cause' GWTDT isn't about
IM4 was mediocre, thought Cruise actually phoned it it for once, only two good sequences (hologram wall and the diamond/launch code exchange), and the rest was pretty boring. The villain was terrible, and the threat of IMF being shut down never seemed that large, but boy did they travel a lot and talk. Happy for Cruise though, too bad he's gotta' be in that Rock of Ages for P.O.S. Films. And Dragon Tattoo is doin' just fine, it's not gonna' do Social Network bucks, cause' GWTDT isn't about fucking Facebook. Sherlock Holmes 2 was awful, can see that series turning into Pirates of the Caribbean real fast, to think I gave Ritchie another shot after SH1, he squandered it here. However, Chipwrecked was a classic piece of cinema, devoid of cheap laughs and boasting cutting edge fx mixed with the sensibility of Capra era Hollywood. Truly a testament of the times. The end of times.
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8:37PM on 01/01/2012
you are an idiot if you think crawling up the side of the world's tallest building is phoning it in, god I hate that fucking term btw, Johnny Depp did it though in Pirates 4, learn the difference troll
you are an idiot if you think crawling up the side of the world's tallest building is phoning it in, god I hate that fucking term btw, Johnny Depp did it though in Pirates 4, learn the difference troll
11:55AM on 01/02/2012
He seemed bored during his scenes, yeah it's bad ass he climbed the building but Cruise was pretty lifeless the rest of the flick. Totally phoning it in, usually he doesn't phone it in, but in MI4 he phoned it in. We've come to expect Cruise to do his own stunts, but outside of that, it's like ring ring, hi it's Tom, I'm calling to do my performance in MI4. Phoning it in, btw, I hate that term too.
He seemed bored during his scenes, yeah it's bad ass he climbed the building but Cruise was pretty lifeless the rest of the flick. Totally phoning it in, usually he doesn't phone it in, but in MI4 he phoned it in. We've come to expect Cruise to do his own stunts, but outside of that, it's like ring ring, hi it's Tom, I'm calling to do my performance in MI4. Phoning it in, btw, I hate that term too.
11:14PM on 01/02/2012
He wasn't phoning it in, far from it. It's called being in character. His character has been through alot of hell and it made sense that he looked tired and overworked in this one. I mean it is the FOURTH one. Not like he is going to be young looking and fresh like in the first two films.
He wasn't phoning it in, far from it. It's called being in character. His character has been through alot of hell and it made sense that he looked tired and overworked in this one. I mean it is the FOURTH one. Not like he is going to be young looking and fresh like in the first two films.
6:17PM on 01/01/2012
Yes! I am very happy for Cruise. His last few films failed to reach audiences but this bamf is back. Let's face it, he's a charismatic, talented, hardworking, and humble guy who wants nothing more but to have his audiences entertained to the fullest extent. Aren't lots of true movie stars left.
Yes! I am very happy for Cruise. His last few films failed to reach audiences but this bamf is back. Let's face it, he's a charismatic, talented, hardworking, and humble guy who wants nothing more but to have his audiences entertained to the fullest extent. Aren't lots of true movie stars left.
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5:38PM on 01/01/2012
I don't think tattoo is a complete failure. It made almost 60 million so far and only cost 90. It could have legs; but either way the studio committed to another and I am excited with what Rooney Mara could do.
I don't think tattoo is a complete failure. It made almost 60 million so far and only cost 90. It could have legs; but either way the studio committed to another and I am excited with what Rooney Mara could do.
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8:45PM on 01/01/2012
where did you read about them doing more movies?
where did you read about them doing more movies?
12:36AM on 01/02/2012
dude its 2012 learn to use google
dude its 2012 learn to use google
4:56PM on 01/01/2012
I was hoping The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo would do better. It was fantastic, in my opinion.
I was hoping The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo would do better. It was fantastic, in my opinion.
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6:22PM on 01/01/2012
Agreed :/
Agreed :/
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