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Cruise's Mission maintains altitude with $38.3M

Tuesday, 03 January , 2012, 16:46

Box office reports
Tom Cruise is off to a good start for the new year with a second-straight No. 1 weekend at the box office.

Cruise's Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol took in an estimated $38.3 million domestically over the long holiday weekend from Friday to Monday. That raised its total to $141.2 million.

Ghost Protocol also pulled in $37 million overseas to push its international total to $225.3 million and worldwide haul to $366.5 million.

The movie helped lift distributor Paramount to a record $5.17 billion in worldwide box office for 2011, topping the previous high of $4.8 billion set by Warner Bros. in 2010.

Paramount's 2011 hits included Transformers: Dark of the Moon, which took in $1.1 billion worldwide, along with Thor, Captain America: The First Avenger, Kung Fu Panda 2, Puss in Boots and Rango.

Finishing second again for the weekend was Robert Downey Jr.'s Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows with $26.5 million. The family sequel Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked came in third with $21 million.

Rounding out the top-five were Steven Spielberg's War Horse at No. 4 with $19.2 million and David Fincher's The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo just behind at No. 5 with $19 million.

The top five movies at U.S. and Canadian theaters Friday through Monday, as compiled by Hollywood.com are:

Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol
Presented by: Paramount
Total collection: $141,214,000
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Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows
Presented by: Warner Bros.
Total collection: $136,514,000
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Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked
Presented by: Fox
Total collection: $97,359,335

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War Horse
Presented by: Disney
Total collection: $45,248,000
The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo
Presented by: Sony
Total collection: $60,011,000
Courtesy : Associated Press

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