Mission impossible:Ghost Protocol hits $40Mln

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Updated December 31, 2011

Tom Cruise will be ringing in the New Year in fine spirits as “Mission: Impossible — Ghost Protocol” is expected to gross another 40 million dollars over the long four-day holiday weekend.

Tom Cruise; Ghost Agent for "Ghost Protocol

Tom Cruise,a film actor and producer who has been nominated for three Academy Awards and won three Golden Globe Awards.

His first appearance in a major film was in 1981’s Taps.

His first leading role was in the film Risky Business,which was released in August 1983.

After playing the role of a heroic naval pilot in the popular and financially successful 1986 film Top Gun, Cruise continued in this vein, playing a secret agent in a series of Mission: Impossible action films in the 1990s, 2000s and 2010s.

In addition to these heroic roles, he has starred in a variety of other successful films such as Rain Man (1988), Days of Thunder (1990), A Few Good Men (1992), Jerry Maguire (1996), Magnolia (1999), Vanilla Sky (2001), Minority Report (2002), The Last Samurai (2003), Collateral (2004) and War of the Worlds (2005).

Since 2005, Cruise and Paula Wagner have been in charge of the United Artists film studio with Cruise as producer and star and Wagner as the chief executive.

Cruise is also known for his support of and adherence to the Church of Scientology.

Mission Impossible:Ghost Protocol has already made more than 290 million in ticket sales worldwide, re-establishing Cruise as a box office star.

The 2011 box office will officially close its books this weekend, with no new movies debuting in wide release