Tom Cruise' latest adventure as Agent Ethan Hunt in Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol has taken the top spot at the U.S. box office, over the three-day New Year's weekend. The action-packed thriller is the fourth installment in the series and was released worldwide on Dec. 16.

The film led the list for the second straight week, with an estimated $31.3 million grossed between Dec. 30 and Jan. 1, according to Rentrak.

As of Jan. 1, the film made $324.9 million worldwide, with revenues from North America weighing in at approximately $134.1 million. Incidentally, this is the first time a Tom Cruise film has crossed the $100 million mark since Mission: Impossible III (2006).

The film scored 93 percent on film-critic aggregate Web site Rotten Tomatoes, based on 179 reviews, making it the best received of the series.

Meanwhile, Warner Bros' Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows took second, with $22.1 million over the weekend, bringing its total to $132.1 million domestically and $181.1 million worldwide.

The animated sequel to the 2007 film, Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked, raked in $18.3 million in its third week, bringing its total to $94.6 million domestically.

Here is a list of Rentrak's box office collection estimates, for the period Dec. 31 to Jan. 1, for the top 12 films...

Rank

Film Name

Distributor Name

Weekend Revenue

Cume Revenue

Locs

Loc Avg

1

Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol

 Paramount

31,250,000

134,139,000

 3,455

9,044

2

Sherlock Holmes: A Game Of Shadows

 Warner Bros.

22,095,000

132,100,000

  3,703

5,966

3

Alvin And The Chipmunks: Chipwrecked

 20th Century Fox

18,250,000

94,609,335

  3,724

4,900

4

War Horse

 Disney

16,940,000

42,969,000

 2,547        

6,650

5

The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo

 Sony

16,300,000

57,111,473

  2,914

5,593

6

We Bought A Zoo

 20th Century Fox

14,300,000

41,787,317

  3,163

4,521

7

The Adventures Of Tintin

 Paramount

12,000,000

47,841,000

 3,087

3,887

8

New Year's Eve

 Warner Bros

6,710,000

46,372,000

  2,225

3,015

9

The Darkest Hour

 Summit Entertainment

4,300,000

13,278,000

  2,327

1,847

10

The Descendants

 Fox Searchlight

3,650,000

39,674,646

  758

4,815

11

The Muppets

 Disney

2,588,000

82,456,000

  1,541

1,679

12

Hugo

 Paramount

2,525,000

49,540,000

  951

2,655

Source: Rentrak