Cruise tops Christmas box office with new 'MI' film


Cruise tops Christmas box office with new 'MI' film

Cruise tops Christmas box office with new 'MI' film

Tuesday, December 27, 2011
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Actor Jeremy Renner, actor Tom Cruise, and director Brad Bird attend the "Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol" U.S. premiere after party at the Museum of Modern Art on December 19, 2011 in New York City. (Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images/AFP)

LOS ANGELES, December 26, 2011 (AFP) - Tom Cruise's "Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol" topped the North American box office over the long Christmas weekend, raking in $46.2 million, industry estimates showed Monday.


The action film, the fourth in the "MI" series, has thus far taken in $78.6 million, according to Exhibitor Relations -- showing that Cruise can still draw a major audience after several box office disappointments.


"Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows" -- a sequel to the 2009 film "Sherlock Holmes" about the character created by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle -- slipped from first to second place, taking in $31.8 million from Friday to Monday.


In third with $20 million was "Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked," the third animated film about the singing chipmunks.


The hotly anticipated "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" -- the Hollywood adaptation of the wildly popular Stieg Larsson novel, starring Daniel Craig and Rooney Mara -- took in $19.4 million in its debut weekend for fourth place.


Since its mid-week release, the film has grossed $27.7 million.


"The Adventures of Tintin," the story of the beloved Belgian boy reporter from director Steven Spielberg, came in fifth place with $16.1 million in US and Canadian ticket sales.


Family film "We Bought A Zoo" starring Matt Damon finished in sixth place, taking in $15.6 million, followed by "War Horse" -- also from Spielberg -- in seventh place at $15 million.


Thriller "The Darkest Hour" opened in eighth place with $5.5 million, and star-studded holiday romance "New Year's Eve" earned $4.95 million for ninth place.


Rounding out the top 10 was "The Descendants" starring George Clooney, which grossed $3.4 million over the four-day weekend.


Final figures were due out Tuesday.