‘Twas the Wednesday before Christmas, but before I get going, I’ll end this rhyme so it doesn’t start blowing. That’s right, we have arrived at that fabled time of year when Hollywood finally unwraps some of its most-anticipated titles. After its IMAX triumph last weekend, Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol went wide on Wednesday and quickly vaulted over both Sherlock Holmes 2 and Alvin and the Chipmunks 3 to claim first place with $8.6 million. M:I 4 also topped David Fincher’s much-hyped version of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, which snuck into theatres a day ahead of its official December 21st release date. From 2,914 locations, Dragon Tattoo has earned an estimated $5.1 million so far – just slightly behind what True Grit saw on its pre-Christmas debut one year ago. Rounding out yesterday’s top five was Steven Spielberg’s The Adventures of Tintin. One of Spielberg’s two end-of-year offerings (War Horse arrives on December 25th), Tintin earned a relatively-soft $2.3 million from 3,087 domestic theatres, but a giant $240 million internationally. With Christmas falling on a Sunday, this weekend’s totals are not expected to equal 2010 (when Little Fockers reigned), but we’ll keep you updated either way.
|1||Mission Impossible 4||$8,600,000||$25.7|
|2||Girl with the Dragon Tattoo||$3,500,000||$5.1|
|3||Sherlock Holmes 2||$4,284,000||$54|
|4||Alvin and the Chipmunks 3||$3,510,000||$32.9|
|5||Adventures of Tintin||$2,300,000||$2.3|