“We always count on the holiday season to give us a big boost at the end of the year, and it just didn't happen.”

⎯ PAUL DERGARABEDIAN, analyst, on a bad 2011 — and Christmas — for U.S. cinema attendance. The year was down 5.3% from 2010; the lowest head count since 1995. Tom Cruise’s Mission: Impossible, Ghost Protocol beat The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo to the holiday weekend No. 1 spot with a solid $26.5 million domestically over its first weekend in full release (via USA Today)

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