Click to Skip Ad
Closing in...
Sundance: Keanu Reeves Opens The Door To Trouble In Teaser Trailer For Eli Roth's 'Knock Knock' Sundance: Keanu Reeves Opens The Door To Trouble In Teaser Trailer For Eli Roth's 'Knock Knock' Watch: 8-Minute Video Essay Argues Steve McQueen's 'Shame' Is Actually A Critique Of The Modern Metropolis Watch: 8-Minute Video Essay Argues Steve McQueen's 'Shame' Is Actually A Critique Of The Modern Metropolis Watch: The Tampon Scene From 'Fifty Shades Of Grey' You Won't See In The Movie Recreated With 'The Sims' Watch: The Tampon Scene From 'Fifty Shades Of Grey' You Won't See In The Movie Recreated With 'The Sims' 'Death Proof' Star Zoe Bell Leads Latest Additions To Quentin Tarantino's 'Hateful Eight' As Filming Begins 'Death Proof' Star Zoe Bell Leads Latest Additions To Quentin Tarantino's 'Hateful Eight' As Filming Begins Ranked From Best To Worst: Every Sundance Dramatic Grand Jury Prize Winner Ranked From Best To Worst: Every Sundance Dramatic Grand Jury Prize Winner Watch: 'Saturday Night Live' Sketch 'Fanatic' Written & Directed By Paul Thomas Anderson And Starring Ben Affleck Watch: 'Saturday Night Live' Sketch 'Fanatic' Written & Directed By Paul Thomas Anderson And Starring Ben Affleck Check Out These Minimalist, Old School Paperback-Style Posters For The Films Of Wes Anderson Check Out These Minimalist, Old School Paperback-Style Posters For The Films Of Wes Anderson First Look: Leonardo DiCaprio Gets Grimy In Alejandro González Iñárritu's 'The Revenant' First Look: Leonardo DiCaprio Gets Grimy In Alejandro González Iñárritu's 'The Revenant' The 30 Most Anticipated Movies Of The 2015 Sundance Film Festival The 30 Most Anticipated Movies Of The 2015 Sundance Film Festival The 10 Best Films Of 2001 The 10 Best Films Of 2001 2015 Oscar Nominees Get The Honest Poster Treatment 2015 Oscar Nominees Get The Honest Poster Treatment Watch: Full 90-Minute Documentary 'Great Directors' With David Lynch, Richard Linklater, Todd Haynes And More Watch: Full 90-Minute Documentary 'Great Directors' With David Lynch, Richard Linklater, Todd Haynes And More Exclusive: Matthew Gray Gubler Has Flashbacks In Clip From 'Suburban Gothic' Exclusive: Matthew Gray Gubler Has Flashbacks In Clip From 'Suburban Gothic' The 10 Best Films Of 2000 The 10 Best Films Of 2000 "Carry Bolt Cutters Everywhere": Werner Herzog Has 24 Amazing Pieces Of Advice "Carry Bolt Cutters Everywhere": Werner Herzog Has 24 Amazing Pieces Of Advice The 20 Most Anticipated Foreign Films Of 2015 The 20 Most Anticipated Foreign Films Of 2015 The 25 Best Horror Films Of The 21st Century So Far The 25 Best Horror Films Of The 21st Century So Far The 20 Best TV Shows Of The 2013/2014 Season The 20 Best TV Shows Of The 2013/2014 Season From Worst To Best: Ranking The Films Of Hayao Miyazaki From Worst To Best: Ranking The Films Of Hayao Miyazaki All The Songs In 'Pitch Perfect' Including La Roux, David Guetta, Azealia Banks, Nicki Minaj & More All The Songs In 'Pitch Perfect' Including La Roux, David Guetta, Azealia Banks, Nicki Minaj & More

Weekend Box Office: 'Ghost Protocol' On Top Of Weak Holiday Weekend

The Playlist By Gabe Toro | The Playlist December 25, 2011 at 7:22PM

Twas the night before and/or the night of Christmas, and all through the theaters, it was empty and chilly, no maintenance, no heaters. Most moviegoers selected the 'Ghost Protocol,' with the legend from "Legend" and that guy from "Paul." "The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo" couldn't beat the Tom Cruise sequel. Not even the Steven Spielberg-Peter Jackson collaboration could be its equal.
12
"Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol"
"Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol"

Twas the night before and/or the night of Christmas, and all through the theaters, it was empty and chilly, no maintenance, no heaters. Most moviegoers selected the 'Ghost Protocol,' with the legend from "Legend" and that guy from "Paul." "The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo" couldn't beat the Tom Cruise sequel. Not even the Steven Spielberg-Peter Jackson collaboration could be its equal.

The fourth 'Mission: Impossible' returns former A-Lister Cruise's honor, even if by all accounts, after part three, this franchise looked like a goner. They bucked downward trends with Jeremy Renner and Paula's Patton, and by pretending the Burj Khalifa was just another building in Manhattan. The third sequel stands triumphant over a thick new holiday movie cluster, relaxing expectations for Cruise's next few blockbusters.

Sherlock Holmes 2

Coming in second was "Sherlock Holmes: A Game Of Shadows." But heat has dimmed from the first film, and these numbers are shallow. No one involved will be forced to move into a van, but Robert Downey Jr. is gonna need that next "Iron Man." The picture didn't freefall, so there could still be a part three, but who will show up if they skipped the one with Moriarity?

With the families in full force, kids happily got 'Chipwrecked.' But the latest "Alvin And The Chipmunks" underperformance has Fox executives perplexed. The last two films dropped under 37% in weekend two, but this one's 44% drop is slightly more cruel. While it might make financial sense for a part four from the mind of Ross Bagdasarian, it's likely most audiences would prefer a rusty-spoon Cesarian.

Girl with the Dragon Tattoo Mara
Sony overspent on "The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo," ignoring the sex explicit, the violence graphic and the language blue. The numbers suggest the film attracted young couples and singles, but Mom and Dad stayed away, as did anyone with wrinkles. Daniel Craig still can't open non-Bond films to strong numbers, and Rooney Mara remains a leading lady with no box office thunder.

Audiences worldwide love "The Adventures Of Tintin," but in America it had the appeal of an angry Hillary Clinton. The picture has passed $250 million worldwide quite fast, but the US-overseas split reminded people of "The Golden Compass." The producers insist a sequel will be come, but considering inflated 3D prices, these numbers are moribund.

We Bought A Zoo
Matt Damon exclaimed to audiences, "We Bought A Zoo!" But audiences probably spent their time shopping for shoes. Jason Bourne opened his checkbook for the sake of endangered animals, but in a downmarket economy, seize-the-day BS is dubious and banal. If audiences had the money they probably wouldn't buy a zoo, so why believe the best guy for the job is the dude from "Stuck On You"? 

"New Year's Eve," "Arthur Christmas," "The Muppets" and "Hugo." Lots of money spent by studios, little profit to show. "Muppets" is the biggest winner, maybe we'll get another. But all the awards in the world can't keep "Hugo" from being a bummer. Off to FX and Cartoon Network for 'Arthur' and 'Eve,' and the back of DVD shelves where they'll be too far to retrieve.

Merry Christmas! (Totals Friday through Sunday)


1. Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol (Paramount) - $25.8 million ($58.2 mil.)
2. Sherlock Holmes: A Game Of Shadows (Warner Bros.) - $17.8 million ($76.6 mil.)
3. Alvin And The Chipmunks: Chipwrecked (Fox) - $13.3 million ($50.3 mil.)
4. The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo (Sony) - $13 million ($21.4 mil.)
5. The Adventures Of Tintin (Paramount) - $8.8 million ($16.8 mil.)
6. We Bought A Zoo (Fox) - $7.8 million
7. New Year's Eve (Warner Bros.) - $3 million ($32 mil.)
8. Arthur Christmas (Sony) - $2.7 million ($44 mil.)
9. The Muppets (Disney) - $2 million ($76 mil.)
10. Hugo (Paramount) - $2 million ($44 mil.)

This article is related to: Weekend Box-Office, We Bought A Zoo, The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, The Adventures Of Tintin, Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol, Sherlock Holmes: A Game Of Shadows


The Playlist

The obsessives' guide to contemporary cinema via film discussion, news, reviews, features, nostalgia, movie music, soundtracks, DVDs and more.


E-Mail Updates