Wednesday saw Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol remain in first place and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo continuing to hold up well.

'Mission: Impossible 4' Leads Wednesday, While 'The Devil Inside' Tumbles

on January 12, 2012 by Daniel Garris

Paramount's Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol grossed $1.37 million to lead the way on Wednesday. The blockbuster action sequel starring Tom Cruise fell 20 percent from Tuesday, which represented an average daily hold in comparison to other films in wide release yesterday. Compared to last Wednesday, Ghost Protocol was down 48 percent. The 27-day total for Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol stands at $173.93 million, leaving it $26.08 million away from reaching the $200 million domestic milestone.

The news wasn't anywhere near as good for fellow Paramount release The Devil Inside on Wednesday. The R-rated horror film was down two spots and a sharp 32 percent from Tuesday's performance to place in fourth with $0.95 million. After greatly exceeding expectations this past weekend, The Devil Inside has come crashing back down to Earth in a big way during the midweek, which is a terrible sign as the film heads into its second weekend of release. Nonetheless, The Devil Inside has still grossed a much better than expected $37.48 million through just six days of release.

Warner's Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows and Sony's The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo found themselves in a very close battle for second. A Game of Shadows grossed $1.102 million, which edged out the $1.081 million gross of Dragon Tattoo by a slim $21,739 for the day. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo continues to display strong holding power as it was down 14 percent from Tuesday and down just 40 percent from last Wednesday. Meanwhile, A Game of Shadows fell 18 percent from Tuesday and 45 percent from last Wednesday. Yesterday saw A Game of Shadows top the $160 million mark and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo top the $80 million mark.

Select location counts for the weekend of Jan. 13:

Contraband -- 2,863
Joyful Noise -- 2,735
Beauty and the Beast 3D -- 2,625
The Iron Lady -- 802

Mission: Impossible 4 -- 3,346
Sherlock Holmes 2 -- 3,155
We Bought a Zoo -- 2,909
War Horse -- 2,856
Alvin & the Chipmunks 3 -- 2,849
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo -- 2,674
The Devil Inside -- 2,551
The Adventures of Tintin -- 2,073
The Darkest Hour -- 1,182
New Year's Eve -- 1,092

Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy - 886
The Descendants -- 660
Hugo -- 545
My Week with Marilyn -- 400
The Artist -- 216
Pariah -- 24
In the Land of Blood and Honey -- 18

Tags: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows

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