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Box Office Report: 'M:I 4' Zooms Past $250 Mil Worldwide, 'Sherlock' Hits $100 Mil Stateside

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"Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol"

The Christmas-New Year's stretch is the busiest week of the year for moviegoing, and this year is no different as traffic returns to somewhat normal levels.

Paramount's Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol has now grossed $256.2 million at the worldwide box office, earning $86.2 million domestically after seven days in wide release and another $170 million internationally in two weeks.

The movie is on track to earn as much as $600 million worldwide, a best for the film series. Directed by Brad Bird, Ghost Protocol's performance is a sizable victory for Tom Cruise, whose star status had been diminished in the U.S. It also reinvigorates a marquee franchise for Paramount.

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Ghost Protocol continues to top the holiday box office, grossing a hearty $9.6 million on Tuesday, followed by Warner Bros.' Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows. Returning Robert Downey Jr.  and Jude Law in the title roles, the sequel will jump the $100 million mark domestically sometime on Wednesday, becoming the first holiday film to do so.

The week between Christmas and New Year's is one of the busiest stretches of the year in terms of moviegoing, with kids out of school and many people off of work. Movies opening over the year-end holiday can see huge multiples, and that's why so many studios crowd the space. So far this week, theater traffic has been good after a noticeable dip in moviegoing earlier in the month.

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On Tuesday, Game of Shadows grossed $7.3 million at the domestic box office for a cume of $97.1 million. Overseas, where it is still rolling out, Game of Shadows has earned $49 million for a global haul of $146.1 million.

Game of Shadows and Fox's Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked got off to slow starts over the Dec. 16-18 weekend but have both made up ground.

Chipwrecked is staying at No. 3 domestically, grossing $6.8 million for a cume of $63.3 million. Internationally, it has earned north of $35 million.

Holding at No. 4 was Sony's The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, directed by David Fincher and starring Daniel Craig and Rooney Mara. Opening on Dec. 21, the English-language adaptation of the bestselling Swedish novel grossed $4.6 million on Tuesday for a total $32.5 million. While the R-rated film is performing slightly behind expectations, it's holding well for an R-rated adult drama.

Fox's Matt Damon-Scarlett Johansson Christmas film We Bought a Zoo continues to lag, coming in No. 6 behind Steven Spielberg's 3D family pic The Adventures of Tintin, which itself is only doing modest business.

Tintin, opening on Dec. 21, grossed $4.57 million on Tuesday for a domestic cume of $24.4 million. Overseas, where the comic book character Tintin is much more known, the movie has grossed a massive $250 million.

We Bought a Zoo, which opened Dec. 23 and is designed to be an all-audience film, grossed $4.3 million on Tuesday for a cume of $18.9 million.

Spielberg's second holiday film War Horse earned $4.2 million Tuesday for a three-day gross of $18.7 million. Disney is distributing the DreamWorks movie.

With New Year's Eve weekend approaching, New Line and Warner Bros.' New Year's Eve is showing signs of life, coming in No. 8 on Tuesday. The movie, which has been an underperformer, has grossed $36.2 million domestically.

Summit Entertainment's Christmas Day entry The Darkest Hour is off to a sluggish start, coming in No. 9 in grossing an estimated $1.5 million for a three-day cume of $6.5 million.