‘Mission’ wins at holiday box office
Studios generally underestimated the size of their movie audiences over the weekend, and they’re now revising the holiday revenues upward.
Leading the way is Tom Cruise’s “Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol,’’ which pulled in $29.5 million for the weekend. That Monday figure is $3 million more than distributor Paramount estimated a day earlier.
For the four-day period Friday to Monday, Paramount estimates “Ghost Protocol’’ will have taken in $46.2 million to raise its domestic total to $78.6 million. That’s on top of $140 million the film has taken in overseas, giving it a worldwide haul of $218.6 million.
Studios Monday also reported stronger results than they did a day earlier for Robert Downey Jr.’s “Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows,’’ which was No. 2 at $20.3 million for the three-day weekend and $31.8 million for the four-day period; Steven Spielberg’s “The Adventures of Tintin’’ at No. 5 with $9.7 million over three days and $16.1 million for four days; and Matt Damon’s “We Bought a Zoo’’ at No. 6 with $9.5 million over three days and $15.6 million for four days.
In a tight race for the No. 4 spot were David Fincher’s “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo’’ and the family sequel “Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked.’’
“Dragon Tattoo’’ did $12.8 million over three days and $19.4 million for four days. “Chipwrecked’’ took in $12.7 million over three days and $20 million for four days.
A few films debuted on Christmas Day, among them Spielberg’s World War I epic “War Horse,’’ which took in $7.5 million Sunday. Through Monday, its estimated two-day total is $15 million.
Also debuting was Emile Hirsch’s action thriller “The Darkest Hour.”