Ghost Protocol

This weekend's most impressive box office numbers came from Mission Impossible:Ghost Protocol which opened in only just over 400 IMAX theaters this weekend to a very solid $13 million. The film opens in regular theaters nationwide on Weds Dec. 21 where its sure to give other films opening on that day, including David Fincher's (totally unecessary remake of) The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, a run for its money.

Martin Scorsese's Hugo looks like it's out of gas despite all the critical praise that it's gotten and will no way close even close to recouping (domestically) its reported $170 million production cost and Steve McQueen's Shame has now grossed $1,230,000 on only 51 screens to date.

This weekend's list:

1) Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows WB $40,020,000
2Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked Fox $23,500,000
3) Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol Par.$13,000,000
4) New Year's Eve WB (NL) $7,420,000 Total:$24,826,000
5The Sitter Fox $4,400,000 Total:$17,721,000
6) The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1 Sum$4,300,000 Total:$266,400,000
7Young Adult Par. $3,650,000 Total:$4,090,000
8Hugo Par. $3,625,000 Total:$39,073,000
9Arthur Christmas Sony $3,600,000 Total:$38,547,000
10) The Muppets BV $3,454,000 Total:$70,928,000
11The Descendants FoxS $3,350,000 Total:$28,728,000
12) Jack and Jill Sony $1,225,000 Total:$70,503,000
13Happy Feet Two WB $1,045,000 Total:$58,878,000