Tom Cruise opens 2012 at top of box office

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Tom Cruise’s latest “Mission: Impossible” film topped the North American box office for a second week, ringing up $38.2 million over the long New Year weekend, industry data showed on Tuesday.

“Mission Impossible – Ghost Protocol,” the actor’s fourth outing in the action film series, made $29.4 over three days to Sunday, and the rest Monday, bringing its total take so far to $141.2 million, Exhibitor Relations said.

In second was “Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows,” a sequel to the 2009 film about the detective created by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. It took in $20.9 million on the third weekend since its release.

In third place with $21.5 million over four days, was “Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked,” the third animated film about the adorable singing critters.

Fourth place went to “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo,” Hollywood’s adaptation of the wildly popular Stieg Larsson novel, starring Daniel Craig and Rooney Mara — which took in $19.2 million including Monday.

Steven Spielberg’s “War Horse,” about the bond between a boy and his horse during World War I, cantered into fifth place with $14.4 million, or $18.1 including the extra day.

Family film “We Bought A Zoo” starring Matt Damon finished in sixth place, taking in $13.2 million, or an even $17 million over the extended weekend.

Another Spielberg film, “The Adventures of Tintin,” about an intrepid Belgian boy reporter, was seventh with $11.4 million, or $15.4 million with Monday’s takings as well.

Star-studded holiday romance “New Year’s Eve” earned $6.3 million for eighth place, while thriller “The Darkest Hour” took ninth place with $4.2 million.

Rounding out the top 10 was “The Descendants” starring George Clooney, which grossed $4 million.

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