Mission: Impossible 4 Tops New Year's Box Office

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Tom Cruise has still got it.

Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol continues to dominate the holiday box office, raking in an estimated $31.3 million over the three-day (Friday to Sunday) weekend.

That represents a 6 percent jump from Christmas weekend, when it also led the field. Ghost Protocol, the fourth entry in the franchise, has now made $134.1M total.

M:I-4 could top the first Cruise-led installment, which earned $181 million in 1996. It's already surpassed Mission: Impossible 3, which topped out at $134 million.

In second place this weekend was Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, which rose 9 percent to $22.1 million. The sequel has taken in $132.1 million in 17 days.

The original Sherlock Holmes, by comparison, earned $165.2 million by this point. Chipwrecked jumped an impressive 45 percent to finish third at $18.3 million.

The top five for the weekend:

  1. Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol - $31.3 mil
  2. Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows - $22.1 mil
  3. Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked - $18.3 mil
  4. War Horse - $16.9 mil
  5. The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo - $16.3 mil
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TOM CRUISE...OMG!!!!....Its simply breathtaking.He climbed out of that huge building.....Burj khalifah, 130 floors up, with a single strut harness...its just so awesm....would love to watch it again.

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Great movie. I went to the screening prior to its major release, and took my wife to see it as well this past weekend. Tom Cruise is phenomenal in this movie - highly recommended.

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Tom Cruise is great in Ghost Protocol! His stunts are superior to anything in the movies, even those of the James Bond and Jason Bourne movies!! Stunt lovers will get their fill w/ this movie!!

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I couldn't be dragged to a Tom Cruise movie much less spend $10 to see it.