The fourth installment in the Mission: Impossible franchise added an estimated $9.74 million on Friday to bring its eight-day total to $42.2 million. Distributor Paramount Pictures is reporting that the movie earned an "A-" CinemaScore, and that the audience was 61 percent male and 65 percent over the age of 25. For the four-day frame (Friday to Monday), Paramount is anticipating close to $40 million.
Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows fell 54 percent from its opening day to an estimated $5.4 million on Friday. Its total of $65.5 million through eight days is way off from the first Sherlock's $117 million, though that comparison isn't apples-to-apples given the first Sherlock's Christmas Day opening. By New Years, Game of Shadows will likely have closed that gap a bit, though reaching the first movie's $209 million total seems far out of reach at this point.
Chipwrecked eased just 20 percent to $5.4 million, which is a much better hold than the first Alvin had in 2007. It has so far made $42.3 million, and is lagging significantly behind both prior entries in the franchise.
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo added an estimated $4.6 million on Friday to bring its three-day total to just shy of $13 million. For comparison, True Grit opened at the same time last year and had earned $16 million through its first three days. The David Fincher-directed remake should get to over $25 million through Monday, which is a decent start that doesn't quite live up to lofty pre-release expectations.
The Adventures of Tintin earned $3.5 million on Friday for a total of $11.5 million (three days in nationwide release plus prior grosses from French-speaking Canada). Paramount is reporting that the audience skewed slightly male (55 percent) and a bit young (51 percent under the age of 25), and the movie scored a solid "A-" CinemaScore. Paramount is also estimating a four-day weekend around $14 million.
We Bought a Zoo debuted in sixth place with an estimated $3 million. That's not an overly impressive start, though the movie does still have a chance to turn things around with children off from school next week.
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• Grosses for Friday, December 23, 2011