Weekend Box Office: Dec. 23-25, 2011

1. Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol – $29,500,000

2. Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows – $20,260,000

3. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011) – $12,750,000

4. Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked – $12,650,000

5. The Adventures of Tintin – $9,705,000

6. We Bought a Zoo – $9,450,000

7. War Horse – $7,512,000

8. New Year’s Eve – $3,315,000

9. The Darkest Hour – 3,000,000

10. The Muppets – $2,147,000

This holiday weekend was a stuffy one at the box office. Tons of movies slowly opened up last Wednesday into Christmas day. Paramount is sure to be happy with Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol taking the lead after opening limited last week on certain IMAX screens. The film went wide this past weekend and brought in an impressive $29.5 million despite the other new releases.

Pushing back to number two for the weekend is the latest Sherlock Holmes adventure titled Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows. The film brought in $20.2 million for the weekend which isn’t the greatest, but it’s still making decent domestic money during a crowded weekend.

David Fincher‘s feel bad movie of the winter The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011) opened soft in number three with $12.7 million. That’s a decent opening considering the dark material and the R-rating, but most thought the viral marketing would give it a bigger push. The film was mostly received with positive praise. I enjoyed it, but thought some of Fincher’s changes weren’t as good as the original Swedish film.

The rest of the holiday openers failed to top Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked, which hung onto number four with $12.6 million. The film isn’t doing as strong as the previous entries, but just like Sherlock Holmes it got pushed out during a busy part of the winter.

Tintin, We Bought a Zoo and War Horse failed to top the charts. At least Tintin has overseas numbers to calculate into the equation. We Bought a Zoo will probably limp to something respectable, but the budget is unknown. War Horse is for sure to hang around due to Oscar buzz.

The biggest loser of the weekend is The Darkest Hour. The film barely registered in the number nine spot with 3 million bucks. That’s really bad considering it had a 3D push. At least the budget isn’t too high (30 million). I doubt it will hang on for much longer.

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