(LOS ANGELES) — It wasn’t the merriest of Christmases in Hollywood.
Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol got a stocking stuffed full of cash, winning the weekend with an estimated $26.5 million. Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows came in second and Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked came in third.
None of the three sequels are performing as well as their predecessors, and that comes as tough news to those in the business. Hollywood needed to end the year with a bang and revenues are behind last year’s earnings.
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and Steven Spielberg’s The Adventures of Tintin rounded out the top five.
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