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‘Dragon Tattoo’ kicks off holiday B.O.

Sony pic takes in $1.6 mil on Tuesday

Kickstarting a packed Christmas frame, Sony’s “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo” earned $1.6 million from latenight Tuesday screenings, starting at 7 p.m.

“Dragon Tattoo” broadened Wednesday to 2,914 locations — not all of which screened the film Tuesday night.

Paramount also boosted ticket sales Tuesday, with “Mission: Impossible — Ghost Protocol” earning a total of $3.7 million, of which $2 million came from evening and latenight shows. The film’s exist ing large-format locations (at 425) contributed $1.7 million; pic had approximately 2,400 additional theaters Tuesday night.

“Ghost Protocol” and “Dragon Tattoo,” as well as Warner Bros.’ “Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows,” are expected to jockey for top ranking this weekend, with projected six-day domestic perfs at around $40 million.

“Tattoo,” which received an A CinemaScore from Stateside auds also launches this weekend in Scandinavia, including Sweden, where the film is set and has scored rave reviews from local critics.

Sweden’s largest evening newspaper, Aftonbladet, described “Tattoo” as “a hell of a ride — crazy, nasty and sexier than the Swedish original,” while Swedish Television called the remake “a much better, much tighter thriller. Hollywood wins.”

Prior to its release, some B.O. pundits questioned whether Sony’s “Tattoo” adaptation would play internationally, as the first film became a major B.O. hit overseas, grossing more than $93 million outside the U.S.

Up next for Sony’s “Tattoo” are the U.K. and Russia, where the pic is set to bow over the next two weeks.

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