January 2 2012

Mission:Impossible Team Solves Another Case of the Weekend Box Office

Mission: Impossible - Ghost ProtocolNew Year’s weekend seems to have given the box office a much needed booster shot in the arm when it comes to box office totals.

In an unsuaul turn of events, the vast majority of movies saw larger box office results this weekend over the previous one.  Mission:Impossible – Ghost Protocol ticked up by 5.9 percent to bring in a very healthy $31.25 million, and thanks to a healthy holiday week, it sits at $134 million total domestic box office.  It’s performing well over seas, but that $145 million budget has to still be like the pink elephant in the room.

Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows held on to the number two spot with a 9.1 percent gain over last weekend to bring in just over $22 million.  It’s still trailing the original film, but it isn’t looking quite as anemic as it once was as it picked up some ground on it finally.

Surprisingly, Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked gained a whopping 45 percent over its previous weekend to bring in $18.25 million.  This puts it at $94.6 million domestic, still a far cry from the $200 million carrier the previous two films broke.  However, the overseas performance seems healthy, so don’t be too shocked if we see another movie in this franchise.

War Horse didn’t get a full weekend last week, so its numbers are a little skewed, but it is out performing just about every prediction with a nice $16.9 million this weekend.

Rounding out the top five was The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo which jumped 27.8 percent this weekend to bring in $16.3 million. It’s domestic total is now $57.3 million, and its overseas numbers seem fairly weak, so it’s unclear if this will end up being a success or not.

As I suspected, the list didn’t change much this week, and with the smallish The Devil Inside horror film being the only “major” release next week, don’t be too surprised if this list remains pretty unchanged once more.

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