This weekend felt the same as last weekend as three new movies could not take one of the top three spots. However, Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol and Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked switched places as the mission took the number one spot.
Mission: Impossible 4 opened up to 3,448 locations to help it earn another $26.5 million through Christmas Eve. The film, which has been called the best mission yet by critics and fans, now has an eight-day total of $42.4 million. The audience was 61% male and 65% over the age of 25.
In second place was Sherlock Holmes: Game of Shadows which earned about $17.8 million through Christmas Eve. That is a 54% drop from the previous week. Its eight-day total of $65.5 million is way off from the first film’s $117 million total in the same time period. Hopefully the film will hold through the New Year but it will likely be way off from $209 million that the first film made.
Chipwrecked slipped 20% to an easy $13.3 million through Christmas Eve. However, the film is falling way behind the first two films as its total so far is just $42.3 million
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo only made $13 million up till Christmas Eve and will have made more by Monday. The film would make around $20 million come Monday morning.
In fifth place was The Adventures of Tintin with about $9.1 million through Christmas Eve. The estimate for its four day weekend total should be around $14 million.
A Side Note:
The film, Young Adult, is now playing at 987 locations, including the Regal Meridian 16 in Seattle, and earned about $1.4 million. This brings its three week total to about $6.5 million.
The Top 10: (Through Christmas Eve)
1. Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol $26.5 million
2. Sherlock Holmes $17.8 million
3. Alvin and the Chipmunks $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. The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1 $2.1 million
10. Hugo $2 million
The current movies playing will have no competition next week with only a couple of under-the-radar films opening including Angels Crest (Jeremy Piven, Thomas Dekker, Elizabeth McGovern, Mira Sorvino) and A Separation (Leila Hatami, Peyman Moaadi, Shahab Hosseini, Sareh Bayat). Also, the first weekend of 2012 also has a few low key movies so the next couple weeks will be slow for movie-goers.