Please note that because of the holidays, many of today's reported grosses are technically studio estimates.
Paramount's Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol grossed $8.25 million on Thursday to lead the daily box office for a ninth straight day. In the process the action sequel starring Tom Cruise topped the $100 million mark. The two-week total for the film stands at $102.89 million. Ghost Protocol fell 3 percent from Wednesday, as Thursday's daily grosses were similar to Wednesday's grosses in general. For the week Ghost Protocol easily led the way with $70.45 million. The film continues to be aided by strong word of mouth and grosses from IMAX locations, and looks to remain in first place over the New Year's holiday weekend.
Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked held steady in second place with $6.52 million. The third installment of Fox's family film franchise fell 1 percent from Wednesday and was up 64 percent over last Thursday. Chipwrecked placed in third for the week with a weekly gross of $39.42 million. The film has grossed $76.36 million in two weeks, which places it 32 percent behind the pace of 2007's Alvin and the Chipmunks.
Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows grossed $6.33 million to remain in third. The sequel from Warner Bros. fell 3 percent from Wednesday and was up 33 percent over last Thursday. A Game of Shadows took second place for the week with $51.25 million, which places the film's two-week total at $110.00 million. The film is currently running 26 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 took fourth place with $4.15 million. The David Fincher directed remake topped the $40 million mark yesterday and has now grossed $40.81 million in nine days. The film placed in fourth for the week with $32.44 million. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is currently running 6 percent behind the pace of Fun With Dick and Jane, which opened the Wednesday before Christmas back in 2005.
Fox’s We Bought a Zoo and Paramount’s The Adventures of Tintin switched places on Thursday, with We Bought a Zoo coming out on top to take fifth with $4.09 million. Tintin followed closely behind in sixth place with $4.07 million, as the two family films were separated by roughly $18,500 for the day. Respective total grosses stand at $27.49 million for We Bought a Zoo and at $35.84 million for The Adventures of Tintin.
War Horse finished in seventh with $3.61 million. The Disney released Steven Spielberg directed film from DreamWorks fell 3 percent from Wednesday. War Horse has grossed a better than expected $26.03 million in just five days, but is showing early signs of being surprisingly front-loaded as well.
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