Please note that because of the holidays, many of today's reported grosses are technically studio estimates.
Paramount's Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol grossed $9.61 million on Tuesday to remain at the top of the daily box office. The well-received action sequel starring Tom Cruise did fall 34 percent from Monday, as in general films aimed at adults didn't hold up as well as family films did yesterday. With that said, Ghost Protocol is still in terrific shape to lead the box office once again over the upcoming New Year's holiday weekend. Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol has grossed $86.16 million through twelve days, and now trails Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows by just $11.00 million domestically.
As for Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, the Warner Bros. sequel starring Robert Downey Jr. held steady in second place with $7.32 million. A Game of Shadows fell 32 percent from Monday and was up 42 percent from last Tuesday. Yesterday's decline strongly suggests that A Game of Shadows has a rather limited family audience. A Game of Shadows has grossed $97.16 million in twelve days and will surpass the $100 million mark today. The film is currently running 33 percent behind the pace of 2009's Sherlock Holmes.
Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked was up one spot to take third with $6.81 million. The third installment of the Fox franchise fell just 2 percent from Monday, which represented the day's best daily hold among wide releases. Chipwrecked was up 94 percent over last Tuesday. Clearly, family audiences are starting to show up in larger numbers now that the Christmas holiday is behind us. Chipwrecked has grossed $63.28 million in twelve days, placing it 33 percent behind the pace of 2007's Alvin and the Chipmunks.
Sony's The Girl with The Dragon Tattoo grossed $4.60 million to place in fourth, while Paramount's The Adventures of Tintin finished closely behind in fifth with $4.57 million. The Girl with The Dragon Tattoo fell 32 percent from Monday and The Adventures of Tintin fell just 15 percent thanks to its appeal with family audiences. Respective total grosses stand at $32.48 million for The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and at $27.68 million for The Adventures of Tintin.
Fox's We Bought a Zoo and Disney's War Horse took sixth and seventh place with respective grosses of $4.29 million and $4.17 million. We Bought a Zoo was down 18 percent from Monday, a clear sign of its appeal with family audiences. However, War Horse was down a sharp 40 percent from Monday, which is a sign of the film skewing very heavily towards older moviegoers. With that said, War Horse is likely to regain momentum on Friday when the weekend hits. War Horse has grossed $18.70 million in just three days, while We Bought a Zoo has grossed $18.89 million in five days.
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