"Dragon Tattoo" kicks off holiday box-office sales

Rooney Mara stars as computer hacker Lisbeth Salander in "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo," adapted from Stieg Larsson's bestselling Millennium Trilogy.
Columbia Pictures
(CBS) "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" certainly benefited from its early opening on Tuesday night. David Fincher's English-language remake grossed $1.6 million just from Tuesday evening alone, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

The film, starring Daniel Craig and Rooney Mara, debuted in 2,700 theaters and is now in a total of 2,914.

Pictures: "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" premiere
Pictures: Rooney Mara
Pictures: Daniel Craig

"The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" was originally slated to open Wednesday, but Sony decided to give an early opening a try -- and it worked.

Viewers seem to like the film ,too. The movie, based on the first novel in Swedish author Stieg Larsson's bestselling trilogy, scored an average grade of A, according to market research company CinemaScore.

Sony is banking on the R-rated movie attracting both men and women over the age of 25, serving as an adult alternative to the family flicks infiltrating theaters during the holiday season.

Tell us: Did you go see "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo"? What did you think?

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