Sherlock Holmes Wins Weekend at Box Office

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Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, starring Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law, won the weekend box office with an estimated $40 million, despite an average debut.

In all, the weekend’s top 12 movies earned about 13 percent less than last year’s. Even Sherlock was expected to earn at least $50 million in its opening weekend.

Here's the trailer for the film if you haven't seen it:

This coming week brings The Adventures of Tintin, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, We Bought a Zoo, and the wide expansion of Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol.

In select locations, M:I - 4 was third this weekend behind Holmes and Alvin and the Chipmunks. Here's a look at how the Top 10 shook out overall nationwide:

  1. Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, $40 million
  2. Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked, $23.5 million
  3. Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol, $13 million
  4. New Year's Eve, $7.4 million
  5. The Sitter, $4.4 million
  6. The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1, $4.3 million
  7. Young Adult, $3.7 million
  8. Hugo, $3.63 million
  9. Arthur Christmas, $3.6 million
  10. The Muppets, $3.5 million