Action flicks and thrillers jumped ahead of the family movies at the box office this Christmas weekend. Expanding from IMAX only to theaters nationwide last Wednesday, “Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol”, the fourth film in the series starring Tom Cruise, jumped ahead of last weekend’s number one movie (and another sequel), “Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows” to make $26.5 million. “Sherlock Holmes”, however, did manage to stay ahead of the week’s new releases to come in second with $17.8 million.
Another movie from last weekend (and yet another sequel), “Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked”, was the family film to beat, coming in third with $13.3 million. The part live-action/part animated series centering on the squeaky-voiced singers has become almost a holiday staple since its inception several years ago. It was closely followed by a new release that is certainly not a family film, “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo”. The highly-anticipated American version of the best-selling Swedish novel came in fourth with $13 million; not a huge success, but not bad considering its R rating, and the fact that many people likely aren’t looking for such a dark movie at this time of the year.
Two other new releases, “The Adventures of Tintin” and “We Bought a Zoo” followed with $9.1 million and $7.8 million, respectively. These numbers are rather disappointing, especially considering that they are family films that were released at a time when most families are off school or work (“Tintin” in particular, being an animated movie and directed by Steven Spielberg). However, with few new family films coming out in January, it will be interesting to see if they maintain steady numbers or continue to drop.
The complete list of the top 12 movies at the box office this weekend (Dec. 23-25) is below. Note that “War Horse” and “The Darkest Hour”, which were released Christmas Day, are not included in these figures.
- “Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol”: $26.5 million
- “Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows”: $17.8 million
- “Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked”: $13.3 million
- “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo”: $13 million
- “The Adventures of Tintin”: $9.1 million
- “We Bought a Zoo”: $7.8 million
- “New Year’s Eve”: $3 million
- “Arthur Christmas”: $2.7 million
- “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1”: $2.1 million
- “Hugo”: $2.02 million
- “The Muppets”: $2 million
- “The Descendants”: $1.7 million
Check out showtimes for these movies and more at the following St. Louis-area theaters.
- Wehrenberg Theatres
- AMC Theatres
- Regal Movie Theatres
- Galleria 6
- Chase Park Plaza
- Granite City
- Moolah Theatre
- Hi-Pointe Theatre
- St. Andrews Cinema
- Plaza Frontenac Cinema
- Tivoli Theatre
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