‘Mission Impossible’ Wins Holiday Box Office, ‘Dragon Tattoo’ Disappoints

Say what you will about the guy, but it looks like nothing is “impossible” for Tom Cruise.

The actor’s latest entry to the “Mission” franchise — the Brad Bird directed “Ghost Protocol” — made the impossible happen by topping the holiday weekend box office with a healthy $46.2 million haul, bringing the film’s total to $78.6 million after 11 days in theaters.

Where Ethan Hunt found success, the same can’t be said for rivals Lisbeth Salander or the boy reporter Tintin. “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” and “The Adventures of Tintin” opened with a less healthy $12.8 and $9.7 million respectively. In the case of “Tintin,” the movie’s domestic performance almost doesn’t matter; the Steven Spielberg action-adventure has already scored $239.1 million at the foreign box office, a mark of the character’s immense popularity overseas.

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