Sherlock Holmes takes the weekend box office but Mission Impossible is impressive in a limited release

Posted by: Brad Sturdivant

If there was a weekend where Hollywood would be able to break out of the box office slump, I would have said this weekend would be it.  We have a major wide release with SHERLOCK HOLMES: A GAME OF SHADOWS, a limited release with MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE – GHOST PROTOCOL and a moderately successful kids franchise with ALVIN AND THE CHIPMUNKS: CHIPWRECKED.  But it wasn’t meant to be as Sherlock 2 only managed  a $40 million opening, compared to the over $60 million its predecessor brought in.  And Alvin 3’s $23 million didn’t even come close to the $48 million Alvin 2 took in.  I can see the lower numbers for Alvin, since all three are horrible movies, but the lack of love for Sherlock Holmes is surprising.

As for MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE – GHOST PROTOCOL, naysayers are pointing to THE DARK KNIGHT RISES prologue that’s shown on some screenings of MI4.  But keep in mind that MI4 brought in a whopping $13.3 million on only 425 screens.  And the prologue only showed in about 25% of those screens since it was only available in 70mm IMAX screens.  Next week will show whether or not it was a fluke, but given how incredible the fourth film is, I think it’s going to do just find at the box office.

Next weekend is the Christmas weekend and we have several sappy/Oscar-y movies on the way,including WE BOUGHT A ZOO, EXTREMELY LOUD AND INCREDIBLY CLOSE, MY WEEK WITH MARILYN and THE ADVENTURES OF TINTIN.  All of those are decent films, but I still recommend MI4 for pure enjoyment.

Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows

1. Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows $40m

2. Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked $28m

3. Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol $13.3m

4. New Year’s Eve $7.4m

5. The Sitter $4.4m

6. The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1 $4.1m

7. Young Adult $3.5m

8. Hugo $3.5m

9. The Descendants $3.5m

10. The Muppets $3.5m

Source: Deadline

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