Robert Downey Jr. and Tom Cruise battled it out at the box office this weekend. Unfortunately for Cruise, it was the Warner Bros. sequel Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows that scored the win. Fortunately for Cruise, Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol only opened in IMAX, which means it’s off to a pretty good start. This coming week the action sequel will get a wider release. However, this time around it was RDJ’s second go-around as the witty and charming detective that brought in just over $40 million. The third Chipmunks movie Chipwrecked pulled ahead of Cruise’s Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, and landed at No. 2 with $23.5 million. Mission Impossible, debuted at No. 3, with just $13 million. Last week’s winner New Year’s Eve and, The Sitter rounded out the top five.

Check out the numbers…

  1. Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows | NEW | Warner Brothers | Weekend Gross $40,020,000 | Average Per Theater $10,807 | Total Gross $40,020,000 | Film’s Budget – N/A | Week 1
  2. Alvin and the Chipmunks | NEW | FOX | Weekend Gross $23,500,000 | Average Per Theater $6,312 | Total Gross $23,500,000 | Film’s Budget – $75 | Week 1
  3. Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol | NEW | Paramount | Weekend Gross $13,000,000 | Average Per Theater $30,588 | Total Gross $13,600,000 | Film’s Budget – $140 | Week 1
  4. New Year’s Eve | Last Week #1 | Warner Brothers | Weekend Gross $7,420,000 | Average Per Theater $2,117 | Total Gross $24,826,000 | Film’s Budget – $56 | Week 2
  5. The Sitter | Last Week #2 | FOX | Weekend Gross $4,400,000 | Average Per Theater $1,599 | Total Gross $17,721,000 | Film’s Budget – $25 | Week 2
  6. The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1 | Last Week #3 | Summit Entertainment | Weekend Gross $4,300,000 | Average Per Theater $1,454 | Total Gross $266,400,000 | Film’s Budget – $110 | Week 5
  7. Young Adult | Last Week #18 | Paramount | Weekend Gross $3,650,000 | Average Per Theater $3,702 | Total Gross $4,090,000 | Film’s Budget – $12 | Week 2
  8. Hugo | Last Week #6 | Paramount | Weekend Gross $3,625,000 | Average Per Theater $1,432 | Total Gross $39,073,000 | Film’s Budget – N/A | Week 4
  9. Arthur Christmas | Last Week #5| Sony | Weekend Gross $3,600,000 | Average Per Theater $1,229 | Total Gross $38,547,000 | Film’s Budget – N/A | Week 4
  10. The Muppets | Last Week #5 | Buena Vista | Weekend Gross $3,454,000 | Average Per Theater $1,230 | Total Gross $70,928,000 | Film’s Budget – $45 | Week 4

Young Adult, which opened in selected cities last weekend, debuted at No. 18, but after its wide-release this weekend, the Jason Reitman film jumped to No. 7 with nearly $4 million in sales. The Descendants however, got kicked off the top 10.
As we head into the Christmas weekend, a bunch of new films will hit theaters including The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (Dec. 20), The Adventures of Tintin (Dec. 21), We bought the Zoo (Dec. 23), The Darkest Hour (Dec. 25), and War Horse (Dec. 25).

What did you watch this weekend?