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'We Bought a Zoo,' 'War Horse,' and Others Open Christmas Weekend

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Three highly anticipated movies -- The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol, and The Adventures of Tintin -- opened in wide release on Wednesday.

Of those films, Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol had the best first-day performance, earning $6.6 million, according to The Hollywood ReporterThe Girl with the Dragon Tattoo earned $3.5 million on Wednesday, and The Adventures of Tintin grossed $2.3 million.

This weekend, three more movies join them at the box office nationwide.  Here's a closer look at the latest holiday releases:

-- We Bought a Zoo (opening Friday): Matt Damon is a newspaper columnist and single father who quits his job and buys property that includes a zoo.  He works with the zoo's staff, including a head zookeeper played by Scarlett Johansson, to care for the animals.  Thomas Haden Church and Elle Fanning also star in the film, which was helmed by Jerry Maguire director Cameron Crowe.  Rated PG. [Click here to read a review]

-- War Horse (opening Sunday): The Steven Spielberg-directed film, based on the stage production, is set in Europe and focuses on a horse's impact on soldiers and others in Europe during World War I.  Jeremy Irvine and Emily Watson star.  Rated PG-13.

-- The Darkest Hour (opening Sunday): The thriller focuses on five young people in Moscow who fight back against an alien invasion.  Emile Hirsch and Olivia Thirlby star in the film, which is screening in 3D.  Rated PG-13.

And opening in limited release on Sunday:

-- Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close: An 11-year-old discovers a key left behind by his father -- who died in the 9/11 attacks -- and the child embarks on a mission to find the lock to which it belongs.  Tom Hanks and Sandra Bullock star.  Rated PG-13.

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