Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol gave Hollywood a much needed boost in the box office over the four-day Christmas weekend. After opening on IMAX theaters on December 16th, followed by a wide release on December 21st, the movie brought in another $46.2 million, bringing its total to $78.6 million domestically. Considering the movie has already made double that figure in foreign box office, it can definitely be chalked up as a win for Hollywood and Tom Cruise.
The #2 and #3 spot were held by two other sequels, Sherlock Holmes: A Games of Shadows and Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chip-wrecked. The Robert Downey Jr. led Sherlock Holmes brought in $31 million while the Chipmunks sequel made $19.5 million.
That left the new holiday releases fighting for scraps.
The U.S. remake of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo came in at #4 with $19.4 million. That’s not a terrible opening for a David Fincher film. I’ll be curious to see how this one does world-wide since the original Swedish film has a major following. With its early week box office, the film has made $27.8 million. With a reported $90 million budget (the original only cost $13 million), the movie has a long way to go to make a profit.
The Adventures of Tintin claimed the #5 spot. Bringing in $16 million over the four-day, Tin Tin opened earlier in the week as well for a total of $24.1 million here in the States. Not a great start, but this movie had already opened previously in foreign markets where is has already grossed nearly $240 million.
We Bought a Zoo opened nationally on Friday, and it garnered a modest $14.6 million. I’m hoping word of mouth helps this film, as it deserves more success than this.
In the #7 spot, War Horse nearly tied We Bought a Zoo, even though it only opened on Christmas Day. The movie made $14.4 million and should play well through the week, especially if the audience in the matinee I saw on Tuesday is any indication.
#8 went to hold over New Year’s Eve which made $5.19 million, bringing it’s total to $34.5 million – a far cry from the $110 million Valentine’s Day made.
The Darkest Hour, Christmas Day’s other wide release, opened to a soft $5 million to come in at #9. This one didn’t open in Ames, but I’m hoping to get to Des Moines to review it.
Hugo rounded out the top ten with $3 million.
The Christmas weekend box office was up over last year, and is definitely a bright spot in a lackluster month. With no major wide releases next week, it will be interesting to see which films stand out approaching the new year.
With the exception of The Darkest Hour and Hugo, the remaining films in the top ten are currently playing at the Cinemark Movies 12 in Ames. For showtimes, log on to Cinemark.com. If you live outside the Ames area, Fandango.com should have theaters and showtimes near you.