Welcome to one of the most crowded (and confusing) holiday box office races you are likely to encounter. Along with last weekend’s big name holdovers, Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows and Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked, six films will have opened wide or expanded within a five day span… or six days if you count films like The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo which opened in some locations on Tuesday night. Adding to the box office clusterf&c%, only one of the six titles opened on Friday while two will open on Sunday: throwing off the whole ‘three-day weekend’ model that keeps people like me employed. Fox’s We Bought a Zoo was Friday’s lone new release, opening to an estimated $3 million from 3,117 locations – not quite enough to push it into the daily top five. At number one since Wednesday, Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol is on track to win the weekend with around $35 million – higher than was originally expected. We’ll try to make sense of all of the Christmas-chaos after the dust settles but, until then, why not take in a movie? I don’t think the excuse “there’s nothing to see” is going to hold up this year.
|1||M:I – Ghost Protocol||$9,700,000||$42.2|
|2||Sherlock Holmes 2||$6,400,000||$65.5|
|3||Alvin and the Chipmunks 3||$5,400,000||$42.3|
|4||Girl with the Dragon Tattoo||$4,600,000||$12.9|
|5||The Adventures of Tintin||$3,500,000||$11.5|