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Sherlock Holmes tops box office with $40mn debut

Sherlock Holmes has debuted at the top of the box office this weekend with an opening of 40.2million dollars in ticket sales in North America.

hollywood Updated: Dec 19, 2011 19:04 IST
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Sherlock Holmes has debuted at the top of the box office this weekend with an opening of 40.2million dollars in ticket sales in North America.

Meanwhile, Mission Impossible set an impressive opening of 11 million dollars from the IMAX locations alone, which is a December record.

Sherlock Holmes: A Game Of Shadows got off to a disappointing start, since the original detective movie had opened with 62.3million dollars over Christmas weekend in 2009.

United States box office expert Paul Dergarabedian of, felt that the weak United States economy might have played a significant part.

“People are spending money on Christmas gifts and people have to decide where to spend their money,” The Daily Mail quoted Dergarabedian as saying.

The same reasoning held true for Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked.

The third instalment of the animated series got off to disappointing start, earning 23.5million dollars.

That’s way less than the 44million dollars for the first Alvin and 49 million dollars for the sequel, which opened on Dec. 23 in 2009.

Despite the two sequels’ dull openings, Mission: Impossible: Ghost Protocol managed to bring on some cheer.

The action flick starring Tom Cruise opened in just 425 theatres, including 300 IMAX and large-format screens, yet it raced to a third place finish with an astounding 13 million dollars.

“We needed some good news and definitely Mission delivered,” Dergarabedian said.

The decision to play a six-minute preview for next summer’s The Dark Knight Rises played before Mission Impossible started turned out to be a smart one.

“Putting in The Dark Knight preview upped the ante for the audience,” Dergarabedian said.

“That’s a winner,” he added.

Overall the box office is down four percent from last year but all is not yet lost.

With the highly anticipated thriller, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo opening next weekend and Mission Impossible expanding, Dergarabedian feels that the movie industry may just get a Christmas Miracle.

Top Ten at the Box Office

1. Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows - 40.2million dollars

2. Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked - 23.5 million dollars

3. Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol - 13 million dollars

4. New Year’s Eve - 7.4 million dollars

5. The Sitter - 4.4 million dollars

6. Twilight: Breaking Dawn: Part 1 - 4.3 million dollars

7. Young Adult - 3.7 million dollars

8. Hugo - 3.6 million dollars

9. Arthur Christmas - 3.6 million dollars

10. The Muppets - 3.5 million dollars

First Published: Dec 19, 2011 14:23 IST