Paramount celebrated another table topping performance for Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol in the week the studio announced its films crossed $5bn worldwide in 2011.

Tom Cruise and company (pictured) held on to number one in the third weekend as the film added $29.6m to reach $132.5m, but the bigger news was the studio’s overall performance last year.

A combined $1.96bn in North America ensured first place among the studios, as did $3.2bn internationally, which as previously reported on Screendaily marked the first time any company has crossed $3bn outside North America in a calendar year.

Warner Bros’ Sherlock Holmes: A Game Of Shadows ranks second on $21m for $131m after three weekends while DreamWorks’ War Horse has grossed $40.4m after two through Buena Vista.

Sony’s The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo remake ranks fourth and has taken $55.8m after two.

The Iron Lady opened through TWC on a mighty $221,000 in four venues for a formidable $55,250 per-site average.

The acclaimed Iranian arthouse film A Separation opened through SPC on $59,400 from three while Focus opened Pariah on $48,600 from four.

Paramount’s horror film The Devil Inside is the big wide release next weekend.

Estimated Top 10 North America Dec 30 2011-Jan 1 2012
Film (Dist) / Est wkd gross / Est total to date

1 (1) Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol (Paramount) PPI $29.6m $132.5m

2 (2) Sherlock Holmes: A Game Of Shadows (Warner Bros) WBPI $21m $131m

3 (4) Alvin And The Chipmunks: Chipwrecked (Fox) Fox Int’l $16.4m $92.7m

4 (3) The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo (Sony) SPRI $14.8m $55.8m

5 (7) War Horse (DreamWorks-Buena Vista) WDSMPI $14.4m $40.4m

6 (6) We Bought A Zoo (Fox) Fox Int’l $13.2m 40.7m

7 (5) The Adventures Of Tintin (Paramount) SPRI-PPI $11.4m $47.3m

8 (8) New Year’s Eve (Warner Bros-New Line) WBPI $6.4m $46m

9 (9) The Darkest Hour (Summit) Fox Int’l $4.3m $13.3m

10 (13) The Descendants (Fox Searchlight) Fox Int’l $39.4m