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03 January 2012

Cruise rings in New Year at top of box office - 2nd January 2012

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Tom Cruise's Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol has topped the North American box office for a second straight weekend, ringing in the New Year with $US30 million in ticket sales.

The action film, the fourth in the series, thus far has taken in $US133 million, according to estimates from Exhibitor Relations.

In second place was Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, a sequel to the 2009 film about the detective created by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. It took in $US22.1 million in the third week since its release.

In third place with $US18.3 million was Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked, the third animated film about the singing critters.

Fourth place went to Steven Spielberg's War Horse, about the bond between a boy and his horse during World War I, which was expected to reap $US16.9 million.

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo - the Hollywood adaptation of the wildly popular Stieg Larsson novel, starring Daniel Craig and Rooney Mara - took in $US16.3 million for fifth place.

Family film We Bought A Zoo starring Matt Damon finished in sixth place, taking in $US14.3 million.

Another Spielberg film, The Adventures of Tintin, about an intrepid Belgian boy reporter, was seventh with $US12 million.

Star-studded holiday romance New Year's Eve earned $US6.7 million for eighth place, while thriller The Darkest Hour took ninth place with $US4.3 million.

Rounding out the top 10 was The Descendants starring George Clooney, which grossed $US3.7 million.

Final figures are due out tomorrow after the four-day New Year's holiday weekend in the US.

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