Weekend Box Office: ‘Mission’ Defies Franchise Trend

Note: Due to the long weekend and the Sunday release of two films, today’s box office estimates include Monday predictions as well as the standard Friday, Saturday and Sunday numbers.

After a strong limited opening in IMAX theaters, ‘Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol‘ is already well on track to pass the $134-million box office total of ‘Mission: Impossible III’. Expanding from 425 premium screens to 3,448 locations across the U.S. on Wednesday, ‘Ghost Protocol’ nabbed the #1 spot with an additional $29.5 million, which brings its ten-day total to $61.9 million.

Considering the international popularity of the ‘Girl with the Dragon Tattoo‘ book series, David Fincher’s movie adaptation hasn’t performed as well as expected. It pulled in only $12.7 million over the long weekend. Technically, the film opened across the nation at 7 PM on Tuesday, and it seems that the majority of fans anticipating it went out to see it then and not over the weekend. Almost half of the movie’s earnings came from mid-week showings. On a budget of $90 million, Fincher’s ‘Tattoo’ has only grossed $21 million in six days. Might it flop?

I haven’t seen the budget numbers for ‘The Adventures of Tintin‘ yet, but a $9.7 million opening weekend can’t be great. ‘Tintin’ opened on Wednesday, so it has totaled $17.7 million so far. Given how expensive motion capture films have been in the past, I can’t see this being a strong domestic opening for the Spielberg / Jackson collaboration. Good thing it’s had a healthy run overseas thus far.

Cameron Crowe’s return to directing after a six-year absence, ‘We Bought a Zoo‘, earned a modest $9.4 million in its opening weekend. I’d like to know how much it brought in with the combined totals of the successful sneak previews from November and mid-December.

The two films that opened on Sunday obviously didn’t have much time to compete with the other new releases, but one did quite well. While ‘The Darkest Hour‘ earned only $3 million over the two-day opening weekend, ‘War Horse‘ brought in more than twice as much with $7.5 million.

With the exception of Angelina Jolie’s ‘In the Land of Milk and Honey‘ (which brought in $18,900 on three screens), other limited release flicks did quite well. The 9/11-centric family drama ‘Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close‘ grossed $71,000 on six screens, and ‘Pina‘ earned $62,300 on three screens.

Overall, the box office was up from this time last year. If you went out this weekend, what did you see?

Top 10:

1. ‘Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol’ (Paramount) – $29,500,000

2. ‘Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows’ (Warner Bros.) – $20,260,000

3. ‘The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo’ (Sony) – $12,750,000

4. ‘Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked’ (Fox) – $12,650,000

5. ‘The Adventures of Tintin’ (Paramount) – $9,705,000

6. ‘We Bought A Zoo’ (Fox) – $9,450,000

7. ‘War Horse’ (Buena Vista) – $7,512,000

8. ‘New Year’s Eve’ (Warner Bros.) – $3,315,000

9. ‘The Darkest Hour’ (Summit) – $3,000,000

10. ‘The Muppets’ (Buena Vista) – $2,147,000

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  1. I saw Alvin and the Chipmunks. It wasn’t as good as the previous two, but it was a lot better than the review posted here made it out to be. It was quite enjoyable, and I will probably pick it up on Blu-Ray when it gets released. I want to see TinTin, We Bought a Zoo, and Mission Impossible as well, but my friends went and saw the last two without me, and I doubt I will go by myself. I may watch them when they get to the Dollar Theater.

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