January 2, 2012- The latest Tom Cruise action film remained unbeatable at the box office in the U.S. Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol was able to finish first for the second successive week. This week the movie took in over $31.3 million. The total domestic take for the movie was over $134 million said studio officials.
The New Year’s Eve weekend was solid for movie studios and brought to an end a lackluster 2011 but brought hope for a better 2012. The domestic take for the year for movie studios was at $10.2 billion, which was off by 3.4% from 2010 numbers.
However, a sharp decline was recorded for the second consecutive year for admissions. After factoring in a ticket price increase, attendance at the domestic level fell to only 1.28 billion. That was more than 4% lower than admissions for 2010 and the smallest annual movie audience since 1995.
Second and third place was unchanged for the weekend. The new Sherlock Holmes film starring Robert Downey Jr. finished in second with $22.1 million. Its domestic take has reached $132 million. Alvin and his Chipmunk friends kept on singing as they maintained third position with a take of $18.3 million for a total income thus far of $94.6 million.
Fourth place was taken by War Horse, the Steven Spielberg film was in just its first full weekend release. The movie earned $16.9 million for the weekend. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo was the fifth best for the weekend with $16.3 million.