Looks like there’s no longer any holiday blues at the North American box office in the final week of 2011 as several films gave Hollywood reason to enjoy a slight sigh of relief as revenues finished on a slight uptick over the same weekend last year, according to Hollywood.com box office analyst Paul Dergarabedian.
Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocolled this weekend’s holdovers – there were no new releases – with a healthy gross of $31.2 million. Audiences finally caught up with Tom Cruise’s comeback vehicle in its second week and deservedly so. MI:4 could very well be the best actioner of 2011 and received near universal praise from the nation’s movie critics.
It’s elementary for the Robert Downey-Jude Law bro-mance Sherlock Holmes: Game of Shadows. It its third week it took in $22 million and it’s virtually assured there will be a third film in the modernized adventure of Holmes and his faithful sidekick Watson.
Unfortunately for adults and thankfully for children, a fourth Alvin & the Chipmunks movie is also probably guaranteed. Alvin & the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked took in $18 million over the weekend to take third place. It was followed by the Steven Spielberg film War Horse, a film about a boy’s search for his prized steed during World War I with $16.9 million.
In what may be the biggest disappointment of the holiday movie season, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo continued to languish in fifth place. Although taking in $16.3 million, because of its literary pedigree – it is the first adaptation in a trilogy of best-selling novels by Stieg Larsson – and the director David Fincher, expectations for box office success and possible Oscar gold were high.
It’s completely possible that the books’ fans found satisfaction in the Swedish adaptations of all three of the novels that have been available for better than a year. Or perhaps film audiences in general were well aware of the brutal violence – including three rapes – and didn’t want to endure it. It’s a pity because it features a fantastic performance from Rooney Mara and Fincher certainly stamps his brand on it. It deserves a better fate.
Here are this week’s Top 10 films according to Hollywood.com’s Paul Dergarabedian:
Mission: Impossible(Paramount): $31.2 million
Sherlock Holmes (Warner Bros.): $22 million
Alvin & the Chipmunks(Fox): $18 million
War Horse(Disney): $16.9 million
Dragon Tattoo(Columbia): $16.3 million
We Bought a Zoo(Fox) $14.3 million
The Adventures of Tintin(Paramount): $12 million
New Year’s Eve(Warner Bros.): $6.7 million
The Darkest Hour(Summit): $4.3 million
The Descendants(Fox Searchlight): $3.65 million