Paramount's Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol grossed $1.32 million on Thursday to lead the daily box office for a third consecutive day. In the process the blockbuster action sequel starring Tom Cruise topped the $175 million domestic mark. With a 28-day total of $175.25 million, Ghost Protocol is now just $24.75 million away from reaching the $200 million domestic milestone. The film was down just 3 percent from Wednesday and down 46 percent from last Thursday. For the week Ghost Protocol took second place with $25.55 million.
Fellow December blockbuster sequel Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows grossed $1.052 million to remain in second. The Warner Bros. release maintained a slim daily lead over Sony's The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, as the two films were separated by just $49,646 for the day. A Game of Shadows placed in third for the week with $18.24 million. That brings the film's four-week total to $161.60 million, which places the film 12 percent behind the pace of 2009's Sherlock Holmes.
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo held steady in third with $1.003 million. The David Fincher directed remake fell 7 percent from Wednesday and 41 percent from last Thursday. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo held up well this week and finished in fourth for the frame with $15.64 million. That places the film's 23-day total at $81.18 million, leaving it just $18.82 million away from the $100 million domestic milestone.
Paramount's The Devil Inside placed in fourth with $0.86 million. The R-rated horror film was down 9 percent from Wednesday. After demolishing expectations this past weekend, the film has come back down to Earth in a big way during the midweek due in large part to very poor word of mouth. Nonetheless, The Devil Inside was still the week's top film with a much stronger than expected seven-day start of $38.35 million. Look for the film to experience a simply massive decline this weekend.
War Horse rounded out Thursday's top five with $0.76 million. In the process the Disney released DreamWorks film topped the $60 million mark. War Horse got out of the gates with a stronger than expected start back on Christmas Day, but has been surprisingly front-loaded for a year-end release since then. For the week War Horse placed in fifth with $11.95 million.