With three days before Hollywood’s jam-packed holiday season comes to a close, and with no major new studio releases, last week’s holdovers got a chance to stretch their legs on Friday. After dominating the charts since it went wide ten days ago, Paramount’s Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol was yesterday’s winner with an estimated $10.7 million. This season’s all-purpose hit passed the $100 million mark on Thursday and is projected to take in another $35 million by the end of the four-day weekend. Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows also hit $100 million (on Wednesday). Although the WB sequel was pushed into third by Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked on Wednesday and Thursday, Sherlock 2 should finish the holiday frame back in second place with $30 million to Alvin 3’s $25. As expected, each of the top five films saw a significant spike in earnings over last Friday; with the most impressive gain made by Fox’s We Bought a Zoo which rose 40% above its December 23rd debut. Just missing the top five, War Horse lost some momentum after its strong showing on Christmas Day. The Disney/Dreamworks pic is projected to post $18 million through Monday – just ahead of director Steven Spielberg’s second holiday release: The Adventures of Tintin. Check back for details and analysis.
|1||Mission: Impossible 4||$10,700,000||$113.5|
|2||Sherlock Holmes 2||$7,650,000||$117.6|
|3||Alvin and the Chipmunks 3||$7,125,000||$83.4|
|4||The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo||$5,350,000||$46.1|
|5||We Bought a Zoo||$4,900,000||$33.3|