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Box Office: 'Sherlock,' 'Chipmunks' sequels underperform [Video]

December 19, 2011 | 12:32 pm

Sherlock Holmes was the No 1 film at the box office this weekend
There wasn't much holiday cheer at the box office this weekend, as two big-budget sequels came in far below industry expectations.

"Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows" was the No. 1 film with about $40 million in ticket sales, far short of the $62.9 million the first film raked in back in 2009 -- though the original did open over the busier Christmas weekend. "Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked," the third picture in the animated series, also fell short of its predecessors, with around $23.5 million. The previous two installments each collected more than $40 million on their first weekends in theaters.

One bright spot was the performance of "Mission: Impossible -- Ghost Protocol," the fourth Tom Cruise action flick, which Paramount Pictures previewed on more than 400 Imax and large-format screens. In limited release, the film grossed $13 million -- a tally that may have been boosted by a six-minute prologue to next summer's "The Dark Knight Rises," which played in front of the movie in some locations.

What do this weekend's numbers mean for the holiday season at the box office? Check out this week's box office video report for details.


Photos: Top 10 movies at the box office

A 'Batman' bounce for 'Mission: Impossible'

A weak weekend for 'Sherlock Holmes,' 'Chipmunks'

--Amy Kaufman


Photo: Noomi Rapace stars with Robert Downey Jr. in "Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows." Credit: Warner Bros.

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