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Weekend Box Office: 'Mission: Impossible' Tops 'Sherlock,' 'Chipmunks'

Stockbyte/Thinkstock(LOS ANGELES) -- It wasn't the merriest of Christmases in Hollywood.

Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol got a stocking stuffed full of cash, winning the weekend with an estimated $26.5 million. Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows came in second and Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked came in third.

None of the three sequels are performing as well as their predecessors, and that comes as tough news to those in the business. Hollywood needed to end the year with a bang and revenues are behind last year's earnings.

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and Steven Spielberg's The Adventures of Tintin rounded out the top five.

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'The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo,' 'The Adventures of Tintin' in Theaters Now

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Three potential blockbusters open in wide release Wednesday in advance of the Christmas holiday weekend.  Here's a closer look:

-- The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo: The movie adaptation of the best-selling novel stars Daniel Craig as a journalist who works on an unsolved murder case in Sweden with the help of a female punk hacker, played by Rooney Mara. Christopher Plummer also stars in the film, which was helmed by The Social Network director David Fincher.  Rated R.  [Click here to read a review]

-- The Adventures of Tintin: Steven Spielberg directed and Peter Jackson produced the animated adaptation of the titular comic book character -- a kid reporter -- and his dog, Snowy.  Together, Tintin and Snowy investigate a legendary shipwreck.  The voice cast of the film, which is screening in 3D, includes Jamie Bell, Andy Serkis, Daniel Craig, Simon Pegg and Nick Frost.  Rated PG.

And expanding into wide release:

-- Mission: Impossible -- Ghost Protocol: In the fourth film in the series, Tom Cruise's IMF spy character, Ethan Hunt, tries to clear his agency of wrongdoing after he and his crew are blamed for a bombing of the Kremlin.  Jeremy Renner, Simon Pegg and Paula Patton also star.  Rated PG-13.  [Click here to read a review]

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Tom Cruise at 'Mission Impossible' Premiere: 'I Want to Entertain'

Fred Duval/FilmMagic(NEW YORK) -- Mission: Impossible -- Ghost Protocol, the fourth film in the Tom Cruise series, opened in IMAX and select theaters last Friday, but the New York premiere was held Monday night.

Cruise is back as spy Ethan Hunt, who tries to clear his team of wrongdoing after it's blamed for a bombing of the Kremlin.  In the film, Cruise is seen running up and down the side of the world’s tallest building -- stunt work that he performed himself.

On the red carpet Monday, when asked why he would risk his life on such a stunt, Cruise replied, “I don't know, man. I was thinking I wanted to entertain. When I saw the sequence that [director Brad Bird] designed, I mean, to put something like that on film.  I was very excited about it.”

The actor says the stunt wasn’t just him, it took a lot of work from every department working on the film to, “pull it off and pull it off in very dynamic way.”

Cruise says ever since he was a little kid he's wanted to entertain and to make movies, and he feels privileged to be able to do it.  He says it’s something “he’s never taken for granted.”

Mission: Impossible -- Ghost Protocol
co-stars Jeremy Renner and Simon Pegg. It opens nationwide tomorrow.

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Mission Impossible Release Date Bumped Later

George Pimentel/Getty Images for Creative Artists Agency(LOS ANGELES) -- Mission: Impossible fans will have to wait a bit longer to see Tom Cruise swing from the world's tallest skyscraper.

The studio has bumped the release of Mission: Impossible -- Ghost Protocol from its Dec. 16 release date to Wednesday, Dec. 21.

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