Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol arrives through PPI in around 40 territories this weekend and looks the most likely candidate to usurp stablemate Puss in Boots.

The Cruise thriller is set to open in, among others, Russia, Germany, France, Japan, Australia, Spain, Hong Kong, Singapore, South Korea, New Zealand, Switzerland and South Africa.

Meanwhile last weekend’s champion Puss In Boots, the DreamWorks Animation hit which earned an animated feature nomination from the Hollywood Foreign Press Association this week, opens in Italy and stands at $155.1m.

Warner Bros Pictures International opens Sherlock Holmes: A Game Of Shadows day-and-date with North America in the UK, Italy, Holland, Hong Kong, Turkey and Sweden.

UPI opens Rubbeldiekatz in Germany and Austria and Tower Heist on $48.1m arrives in Brazil. Phantom Of The Opera opens in South Korea and Des Vents Contraires debuts in France.

Fox International uncages Alvin And The Chipmunks 3 this weekend in 38 markets, of which six are top 16 markets: the UK, Spain, Mexico, South Korea, South Africa and Holland.

New Regency’s In Time stands at $92.7m, Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes $306.1m and Mr Popper’s Penguins $121.4m.

Heading into its fifth weekend, Summit’s The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1 stands at more than $381.1m. The tween dream will open in Hong Kong and Japan on Dec 22 and Feb 25, respectively.