Tom Cruise's latest adventure as Agent Ethan Hunt - Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol - released by Paramount Pictures, topped the weekend box office collections, having grossed more than $26 million during the Christmas holiday weekend (Dec. 23 - Dec. 25), according to Rentrak.

The film is the fourth installment in the series and is director Brad Bird's first live-action film. It was released in North America on Dec. 16, to critical acclaim.

As of Dec. 25, the film scored 93 percent on film-critic aggregate site Rotten Tomatoes, based on 167 reviews, making it the best received of the series. Metacritic gave the film a score of 74 based on 36 reviews.

Worldwide collections, as of Dec. 23, total $162 million, with collections from North America weighing in at approximately $58 million.

Meanwhile, Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, a sequel to the 2009 film, came a rather distant second, collecting $17.8 million during the Christmas holiday weekend.

The following is a list of Rentrak's top 12 domestic box office collection estimates for the Dec.23 - Dec.25 weekend...

Rank

Film Name

Distributor Name

Weekend Revenue

Cume Revenue

Locs

Loc Avg

1

Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol

Paramount

26,535,000

58,970,359

3,448

7,695

2

Sherlock Holmes: A Game Of Shadows

Warner Bros.

17,800,000

76,553,622

3,703

4,806

3

Alvin And The Chipmunks: Chipwrecked

20th Century Fox

13,325,000

50,265,187

3,734

3,568

4

The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo

Sony

13,000,000

21,376,473

2,914

4,461

5

The Adventures Of Tintin

Paramount

9,125,000

17,132,020

3,087

2,955

6

We Bought A Zoo

20th Century Fox

7,800,000

7,800,000

3,117

2,502

7

New Year's Eve

Warner Bros.

3,005,000

32,342,195

2,585

1,162

8

Arthur Christmas

Sony

2,700,000

44,168,002

1,804

1,496

9

Hugo

Paramount

2,025,000

43,652,413

1,236

1,638

10

The Muppets

Disney

2,003,000

75,559,525

1,752

1,143

11

The Descendants

Fox Searchlight

1,715,000

32,006,552

813

2,109

12

The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn

Summit Entertainment

1,450,000

270,251,901

1,411

1,027

Source: Rentrak