Cruise movie still flying high in U.K.

Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol took $3.5 million (£2.2 million) over the weekend (07-08Jan12), triumphing over Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, which earned $3.45 million (£2.16 million) in ticket sales.

Critically-acclaimed political drama The Iron Lady, starring Meryl Streep as former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, took $3.44 million (£2.15 million) during its first weekend of release, while last week’s (ends06Jan11) number two, The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, slipped to fourth place ($2.5 million/£1.6 million) and Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked dropped one place to fifth ($1.4 million/£922,103).