‘Mission: Impossible’ tops Friday B.O.

Actioner earns $9.7 mil to best other new releases

Paramount’s “Mission: Impossible — Ghost Protocol” conquered a crowded Friday Stateside against three major openers with more to come this holiday weekend. Actioner grossed $9.7 million yesterday.

“Ghost Protocol” expanded Wednesday after a weekend of exclusively large-format playdates. Pic has earned $25.1 million since Wednesday, and $42.2 million domestically to date. Its six-day Wednesday-to-Monday haul will likely land just north of $50 million, putting it on top for the long frame.

Par’s pic is followed by a pair of holdover sequels. Warner Bros.’ “Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows” grossed $6.4 million yesterday, while Fox’s “Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked” earned another $5.4 million. Both in their second frame, they’ve cumed $65.5 million and $42.3 million, respectively.

Sony’s gritty “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” adaptation grossed $4.6 million yesterday. Earlier this week, B.O. experts predicted a tighter race between “Dragon Tattoo” and “Ghost Protocol,” but the former’s R rating is holding it back during the family holiday. Still, with high interest among adults, it has the most to gain from soft Christmas Eve business today.

In fifth, “The Adventures of Tintin” (distribbed domestically by Par) earned $3.5 million yesterday. Pic opened internationally eight weeks ago and has cumed more than $237 million overseas, so its more modest domestic bow — pundits are putting its six-day total close to $20 million — shouldn’t trouble worldwide distributors Par and Sony too much.

Cameron Crowe’s “We Bought a Zoo” opened yesterday, earning just $3 million for Fox. Its four-day haul should fall in the low teens through Monday.

Still to come, Disney’s “War Horse,” Summit’s “The Darkest Hour” and Par’s “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close” all bow Christmas Day, looking to benefit from increased moviegoing traffic in the week following the holiday.

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