It was a merry Christmas weekend for Tom Cruise‘s new movie Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol. The fourth film in the Paramount franchise topped the box office with an estimated $26.5 million in ticket sales. Robert Downey Junior‘s Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows grabbed the second spot with $17.8 million. Alvin and the Chipmunks sang their way into the third spot with $13.3 million; and two newbies The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and The Adventures of Tintin rounded out the top 5.

Check out the numbers…

  1. Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol | Last Week #3 | Paramount | Weekend Gross $26,535,000 | Average Per Theater $7,970 | Total Gross $58,970,000 | Film’s Budget – $145 | Week 2
  2. Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows | Last Week #1 | Warner Brothers | Weekend Gross $17,800,000 | Average Per Theater $4,807 | Total Gross $76,554,000 | Film’s Budget – N/A | Week 2
  3. Alvin and the Chipmunks | Last Week #2 | FOX | Weekend Gross $13,325,000 | Average Per Theater $3,569 | Total Gross $50,265,000 | Film’s Budget – $75 | Week 2
  4. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo | NEW | SONY | Weekend Gross $13,000,000 | Average Per Theater $4,461 | Total Gross $21,400,000 | Film’s Budget – $90 | Week 1
  5. The Adventures of Tintin | NEW | Paramount | Weekend Gross $9,125,000 | Average Per Theater $2,956 | Total Gross $17,132,000 | Film’s Budget – N/A | Week 1
  6. We Bought a Zoo | NEW | Fox | Weekend Gross $7,800,000 | Average Per Theater $2,502 | Total Gross $7,800,000 | Film’s Budget – N/A | Week 1
  7. New Year’s Eve | Last Week #4 | Warner Brothers | Weekend Gross $3,005,000 | Average Per Theater $1,351 | Total Gross $32,342,000 | Film’s Budget – $56 | Week 3
  8. Arthur Christmas | Last Week #8 | Sony | Weekend Gross $2,700,000 | Average Per Theater $1,497 | Total Gross $44,200,000 | Film’s Budget – N/A | Week 5
  9. The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1 | Last Week #6 | Summit Entertainment | Weekend Gross $2,100,000 | Average Per Theater $1,310 | Total Gross $270,900,000 | Film’s Budget – $110 | Week 6
  10. Hugo | Last Week #7 | Paramount | Weekend Gross $2,025,000 | Average Per Theater $1,638 | Total Gross $43,652,000 | Film’s Budget – N/A | Week 5

David Fincher‘s much anticipated film The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo made a decent debut. The Stieg Larsson adaptation opened a night early on Dec. 20th, and grossed $19.4 million over the holiday weekend, grossing a total of $27.7 million.

Filmmaker Steven Spielberg had two films debuting this weekend including The Adventures of Tintin and War Horse. The animated feature collected $240 million overseas, but only $17.1 million in the U.S. War Horse debuted on Christmas day with a gross of $15 million so far.

What did you watch this holiday weekend?