Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol grossed $6.42 million on Thursday to lead the daily box office for a second straight day. Paramount's action sequel starring Tom Cruise did fall a significant 28 percent from Wednesday, though it should be noted that the percentage drop shrinks to a much more reasonable 7 percent when factoring out Tuesday night grosses from Wednesday's reported gross. For the week, Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol finished in third with a seven-day start of $32.44 million, which was impressive given that the film played in limited release for its initial 4 & 1/2 days. Given its performance on Wednesday and Thursday, Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol is set to lead the Christmas weekend box office with a 3-day gross in the neighborhood of $25 million.
Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows placed in second with $4.75 million. With the opening day rush-outs for the Wednesday openers out of the way, Warner's anticipated sequel starring Robert Downey Jr. was up a promising 11 percent over Wednesday. After a weaker than expected debut this past weekend, A Game of Shadows in turn held up better than expected over the midweek. The film was easily the week's top film with a seven-day start of $58.75 million. Sherlock Holmes: A Games of Shadows currently appears headed for a 3-day weekend gross in the area of $19 million and should pick up in a big way on Monday, along with most of the marketplace in general.
Fox's Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked took third place with $3.97 million. The third installment of the family film franchise was up a healthy 13 percent over Wednesday, as family films had especially strong holds in general on Thursday as the Christmas holiday approaches. Chipwrecked finished in second place for the week with a seven-day start of $36.94 million. While that was below pre-release expectations, the film's midweek performance also suggests that it may not be quite as front-loaded as each of the first two films of the franchise were. Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked looks to be in store for a 3-day weekend gross in the area of $14 million.
Sony's The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo finished in fourth with $3.31 million. The David Fincher directed remake fell a sharp 35 percent from Wednesday, though it should be noted that the percentage drop shrinks to just 4.5 percent when factoring out Tuesday night grosses from Wednesday's reported gross. With a total gross of $8.38 million thus far, Dragon Tattoo is running 11 percent ahead of the pace of 2005's Fun with Dick and Jane, though the comparison is inflated a bit in the favor of Dragon Tattoo by its opening on Tuesday night. At its current pace, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo appears headed for a 3-day weekend gross around $13 million.
The Adventures of Tintin rounded out Thursday's top five with $2.43 million. Paramount's motion-capture animated film from Steven Spielberg and Peter Jackson was up 6 percent over Wednesday's opening day performance. The Adventures of Tintin has grossed $4.73 million over the past two days, which is 10 percent softer than the two-day start of 2005's Cheaper By the Dozen 2. With the aid of an additional 12 days of grosses from its early launch in Quebec, the domestic total for The Adventures of Tintin now stands at $8.01 million. The Adventures of Tintin appears to be in store for a 3-day weekend in the area of $9 million.
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