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.
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