In its first day of full wide release on Wednesday, Paramount's Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol led the daily box office with $8.92 million. It should be noted that an estimated $2 million of that daily figure came from late evening and midnight screenings on Tuesday night. The well-received action sequel starring Tom Cruise has now grossed $26.02 million through six days of release (since opening in limited release back on Friday). If this weekend plays out similarly to Christmas weekend of 2005 (the last time Christmas fell on a Sunday), Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol is currently headed for a 3-day weekend gross in the area of $26 million to $27 million. However, the film and most of the marketplace in general should pick up major steam on Monday.
Sony's The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo opened with $5.07 million. It should be noted that an estimated $1.6 million of that daily figure came from late evening and midnight screenings on Tuesday night. Given that preview grosses made up a sizable percentage of Wednesday's take, the anticipated David Fincher directed remake should fall behind Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows over the weekend (and very possibly behind Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked as well). Based on yesterday's performance, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo appears to be headed for a modest 3-day weekend gross in the neighborhood of $13 million to $14 million.
Warner's Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows fell 17 percent from Tuesday to gross $4.28 million on Wednesday. While the anticipated sequel starring Robert Downey Jr. took a clear hit from both Ghost Protocol and Girl with the Dragon Tattoo yesterday, the film still held its own against the competition. Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows has grossed $54.01 million in six days, placing it 42 percent behind the pace of 2009's Sherlock Holmes. Based on yesterday's performance, the film appears headed for a 3-day weekend gross in the area of $18 million.
Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked was unchanged from Tuesday's performance to gross $3.51 million. The third installment of the family film franchise from Fox topped the $30 million mark yesterday and has now grossed $32.97 million in six days. That places Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwreced 37 percent behind the pace of 2007's Alvin and the Chipmunks. Chipwrecked appears headed for a 3-day weekend gross in the area of $14 million.
Paramount's The Adventures of Tintin was off to a slow start with $2.30 million to finish in fifth. The motion-capture animated film from Steven Spielberg and Peter Jackson opened just below the $2.55 million Wednesday before Christmas start of 2005's Cheaper By the Dozen 2. The initial rush-out for The Adventures of Tintin will be limited slightly from the film having already grossed $3.275 million in Quebec over the past few weeks (where Tintin is more popular than it is elsewhere in North America). The film is currently on course for a lackluster 3-day weekend gross in the area of $9 million. With that said, word of mouth will obviously be extremely important for Tintin going forward.
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