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'Dragon Tattoo' Struggles at Box Office During Holiday Weekend

Larry Busacca/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo didn’t exactly ink the best impression on audiences.

David Fincher’s much-anticipated U.S. interpretation of the Swedish hit fell flat in theaters during the holiday weekend, coming in fourth behind Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol, Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, and Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked.

The movie that cost an estimated $90 million to make earned only $12.75 million between Friday and Sunday. Does that mean Sony might pull the plug on the three-film franchise?

Paul Dergarabedian, president of’s box office division, blamed a glut of competition for Dragon Tattoo’s low numbers and said that in the coming weeks, it might "prove itself to be a long-distance runner rather than a sprinter."

"The key will be how it does in the coming weeks," he said. "This weekend will be very curious. There won’t be any wide release openers in contest with it."

Since opening day, Dragon Tattoo has made a respectable $27.7 million, but because it opened ahead of schedule, on Tuesday, Dec. 20, it burned off a bit of its core audience by the time Friday rolled around.

Additionally, its explicit content likely fell out of favor with holiday audiences.

"It’s decidedly an R-rated movie, it’s very intense," Dergarabedian said. "But remember, The Exorcist was released right around Christmas."

Sony will likely sit back and see how Dragon Tattoo fares in the month of January before making any major decisions.

"I don’t think they expected this to open at $50 million but I think they’re probably reserving judgment," Dergarabedian said. "If the film is a total loss, they have to decide, 'Do we keep making them or not?'"

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Weekend Box Office: 'Mission: Impossible' Tops 'Sherlock,' 'Chipmunks'

Stockbyte/Thinkstock(LOS ANGELES) -- It wasn't the merriest of Christmases in Hollywood.

Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol got a stocking stuffed full of cash, winning the weekend with an estimated $26.5 million. Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows came in second and Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked came in third.

None of the three sequels are performing as well as their predecessors, and that comes as tough news to those in the business. Hollywood needed to end the year with a bang and revenues are behind last year's earnings.

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and Steven Spielberg's The Adventures of Tintin rounded out the top five.

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'Sherlock Holmes' Sequel Tops Box Office with $40M Debut

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Sherlock Holmes cast a shadow over his box office competition over the weekend.

Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, the second film to star Robert Downey Jr. as the iconic detective, topped the box office by earning an estimated $40 million in its first three days of release.  The first Sherlock Holmes film raked in $62.3 million during its debut weekend two years ago.

Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked opened in second place, raising $23.5 million.  Mission: Impossible -- Ghost Protocol, which opened in IMAX theaters, finished third, with $13 million.  The Tom Cruise sequel officially debuts this week.

Young Adult, which expanded into wide release Friday, raked in $3.7 million to end the weekend in seventh place.

Here are the top 10 movies from Friday through Sunday, with estimated ticket sales:

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.

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Movie Review: 'Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows'

Jon Furniss/WireImage(NEW YORK) -- I was not a fan of director Guy Ritchie’s first Sherlock Holmes. Ritchie + Downey Jr. + Jude Law should’ve equaled a cinematic grand slam.  It was more like a single, though, and the runner got thrown out at second trying to stretch it into a double.  Even so, thanks to the Sherlock Holmes brand and the star power of Robert Downey Jr., the movie went on to gross over $209 million in the U.S.  So, here comes the sequel.
Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows starts with a bang.  Literally.  An ear-popping, jump-out-of-your-seat, pants-on-the-ground explosion.  It's our introduction to Holmes’ latest self-appointed investigation.  Suffice it to say, there's a conspiracy afoot, and our hero suspects one of the most brilliant minds in the world is orchestrating a charade -- or, in this case, the titular game of shadows.
The first 15 minutes of this movie is far more intriguing and, frankly, far more exciting than the whole of the first film.  Writers Michele and Kieran Mulrooney ratchet up the intensity by killing off an A-list star just minutes after the opening scene.  It’s a great plot device and does the job, keeping us interested and, pardon the cliché, on the edge of our seats.
Continuing to keep us (or maybe just me) interested is the addition of the superb British actor/author Stephen Fry as Sherlock's brother, Mycroft.  Like his brother, Mycroft is an odd genius but his brilliance and eccentricities are slightly more mainstream than his brother’s, landing him a key role in the British government.
The icing on the cake comes in the form of Jared Harris as Professor James Moriarty, Holmes’ nemesis and intellectual equal. With a complete lack of a moral compass, Moriarty proves to be a formidable and entertaining enemy.  Worth mentioning is actress Noomi Rapace, whose gypsy character plays a vital role in Moriarty’s diabolical plot to start a war.  Rapace proves she’s got a range beyond the considerable talent she demonstrated as Lisbeth Salander the original Swedish The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo film series.
Director Guy Ritchie clearly needed the first Sherlock Holmes movie to work the kinks out of his formula, because he nailed A Game of Shadows. The first movie felt like it was directed by someone trying to be Guy Ritchie.  A Game of Shadows feels like a Guy Ritchie movie, and a good one at that.   The fight choreography is stunning, funny and feels fresh.  Anchoring the film, Robert Downey Jr. is a gift, and that’s the main reason I found the first film so disappointing -- the gift seemed wasted, and I simply had no desire to see him reprise the role.  However, this time around, he's a more compelling, complex and funnier Sherlock Holmes.  After seeing Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, I'd  love to see him, and Ritchie, give it another go.
Four out of five stars.

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