Please note that because of the holidays, many of today's reported grosses are technically studio estimates.
Paramount's Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol grossed $8.48 million on Wednesday to lead the daily box office for an eighth consecutive day. The well-received action film starring Tom Cruise fell 12 percent from Tuesday. Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol has grossed $94.64 million through 13 days of release and is set to surpass the $100 million milestone today. In the battle for December's top grossing domestic release, Ghost Protocol now trails Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows by just $9.03 million. Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol appears set to remain at the top of the box office over the New Year's holiday weekend.
Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked continued to hold up nicely on Wednesday. The family film sequel from Fox fell just 4 percent from Tuesday to move up to second place with $6.56 million. Chipwrecked led Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows by roughly $42,000 for the day. The 13-day total for Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked stands at $69.84 million. That places the film 32 percent behind the pace of 2007's Alvin and the Chipmunks. Chipwrecked is highly likely to experience one of this coming weekend's best holds among wide releases.
Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows fell one spot and 11 percent from Tuesday to take third on Wednesday with $6.52 million. In the process the Warner Bros. sequel starring Robert Downey Jr. passed by the $100 million domestic milestone. The 13-day total for A Game of Shadows stands at $103.67 million. The film is currently running 29 percent behind the pace of 2009's Sherlock Holmes, but will continue to make up ground on the previous installment of the franchise in the coming days.
Sony's The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Paramount's The Adventures of Tintin and Fox's We Bought a Zoo were bunched together for places fourth through sixth on Wednesday. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo fell 9 percent to claim fourth with $4.19 million, Tintin fell 11 percent to place in fifth with $4.09 million and We Bought a Zoo fell just 6 percent to take sixth with $4.05 million. Respective current total grosses stand at $36.66 million for The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, $31.77 million for The Adventures of Tintin and at $23.40 million for We Bought a Zoo.
War Horse finished just behind the pack in seventh place with $3.71 million. That brings the four-day total for the Disney released DreamWorks film to $22.41 million.
In other box office news, the combined domestic box office for 2011 topped the $10 billion mark yesterday. The combined yearly total currently stands at $10.02 billion through December 28.
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