January 1, 2012

'Mission: Impossible' tops New Year's box office (VIDEO | 2 PHOTOS)

Tom Cruise did some of his own stunts off the world's tallest building for "Mission: Impossible  
Film is expected to surpass 'Sherlock' as top-earning movie of the month

Tom Cruise is still riding high at the box office.

The fourth installment in his "Mission: Impossible" film franchise, "Ghost Protocol," topped the three-day New Year's weekend box office with an estimated $31.3 million gross according to early Sunday totals.

Having debuted Dec. 21, the action flick is expected to surpass "Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows" as the top-grossing December 2011 film.

Indeed, "Sherlock Holmes" finished out the year strong, earning $22.1 million during the holiday haul. The animated sequel "Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked" settled comfortably into this weekend's third place spot, raking in $18.3 million in receipts from family-friendly moviegoers.

Rounding out the New Year's Eve weekend top five were "War Horse" ($16.94 million) and the Rooney Mara based-on-the-book pic "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo," which earned $16.8 million.

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