Tom Cruise sailed into 2012 with a number one hit at the box office after his new action movie Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol scored big over the holiday weekend.Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows
The latest addition to the Mission: Impossible film franchise topped the New Year's weekend box office with an estimated $31.3 million in earnings.
It saw off competition from another sequel,
, which came in second by taking $22.1 million at the box office.
Family-friendly film Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked
($18.3 million) came in third ahead of War Horse
($16.9 million) and the American adaptation of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo