|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: