Paramount's Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol grossed $3.43 million to remain in first place on Tuesday. The action sequel starring Tom Cruise fell 61 percent from Monday and 65 percent from last Tuesday. Thanks in part to strong word of mouth and strong IMAX admissions, Ghost Protocol is December's highest grossing release with a 19-day total of $144.61 million. The film is set to clear the $150 million mark on either Thursday or Friday.
Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows took second place for the day with $2.56 million. The Warner Bros. sequel starring Robert Downey Jr. fell 57 percent from Monday and 65 percent from last Tuesday. A Game of Shadows has grossed $139.47 million in 19 days, placing it 17 percent behind the pace of 2009's Sherlock Holmes. With a current total gross to opening weekend of 3.52 to 1, A Game of Shadows has proven to be more back-loaded than Sherlock Holmes was.
Sony's The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo held up nicely to place in third with $2.08 million. The high-profile David Fincher directed remake was down 52 percent from Monday and down 55 percent from last Tuesday. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo topped the $60 million mark yesterday and has now grossed $62.03 million through two weeks of release.
Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked finished in fourth with $1.93 million. The sequel from Fox fell 62 percent from Monday and 72 percent from last Tuesday. With schools beginning to start back up, family fare in general experienced weaker daily holds yesterday. Chipwrecked has grossed $99.78 million in 19 days and will surpass the $100 million milestone today.
Fellow family film The Adventures of Tintin rounded out Tuesday's top five with $1.71 million. The Steven Spielberg directed film from Paramount fell a respectable 57 percent from Monday, which could be a sign that the film is strengthening with non-family audiences as its run continues. Tintin has grossed $53.11 million to date domestically.
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