Several of the weekend's top films didn't do quite so well as studios had estimated on Sunday, but they did far better than industry analysts had forecast on Friday -- especially the No. 1 film, The Devil Inside , which wound up with $33.7 million -- twice as much as the most optimistic predictions. (It opened on Friday with $16.8 million, dropped to $11.8 million on Saturday, then fell to just $5.2 million in Sunday.) In its fourth week, Paramount's Mission Impossible -- Ghost Protocol , also performed above expectations, dropping just 32 percent to $19.9 million, and bringing its total domestic gross to $169.6 million. In third place was Warner Bros.' Sherlock Holmes A Game of Shadows , which brought in $13.7 million in its fourth week. Overall, the box office was up a whopping 28 percent from the same weekend a year ago, when True Grit led with $14.6 million.

The top ten films over the weekend, according to final figures compiled by Box Office Mojo (figures in parentheses represent total gross to date) 1. The Devil Inside, Paramount Insurge, $33,732,515, (New); 2. Mission Impossible -- Ghost Protocol , Paramount, $19,868,059, 4 Wks. ($169,568,971); 3. Sherlock Holmes A Game of Shadows , Warner Bros., $13,689,321, 4 Wks. ($157,049,382); 4. The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo , Sony, $11,364,714, 3 Wks. ($76,900,628); 5. ALVIN And THE CHIPMUNKS Chipwrecked, 20th Century Fox, $9,496,913, 4 Wks. ($111,585,367); 6. War Horse , Disney, $8,679,470, 3 Wks. ($56,904,682); 7. We Bought a Zoo , 20th Century Fox, $8,305,797, 3 Wks. ($56,399,906); 8. The Adventures of Tintin Secret of the Unicorn , Paramount, $6,727,740, 3 Wks. ($62,008,015); 9. Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy , Focus, $5,478,521, 5 Wks. ($10,129,670); 10. The Darkest Hour , Summit, $3,124,316, 3 Wks. ($18,690,605).

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