Weekend Box Office Wrap Up: December 18th, 2011

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Sherlock Holmes 2 tops the box office Weekend Box Office Wrap Up: December 18th, 2011

Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (read our review) topped the box office over the weekend grossing $40 million. It’s not a bad number – but it was less than the $62 million that the first film grossed in 2009. It could be Robert Downey Jr fatigue, as the star has been in six films since he made his “comeback” with Iron Man in 2008, and all of these (excluding maybe The Soloist) were heavily marketed, with the star being front and center in every campaign.

It might also be that audiences still appear to be apathetic to most big releases over the last few months, finding others ways to spend their hard earned cash. Time will tell if Holmes reaches the first film’s $209 million gross ($524 million worldwide), if it doesn’t then this could be the last time we see Downey Jr and Jude Law as Holmes and Watson.

Alvin And The Chipmunks: Chipwrecked also lagged behind its predecessors. The family film banked $23.5 million – a far cry from 2007’s Alvin and The Chipmunks $44 million (on its way to $217 million) and 2009’s Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel $48 million (it topped out at $219 million).

Mission Impossible 4 has impressive IMAX launch Weekend Box Office Wrap Up: December 18th, 2011

The big news this week was Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol. The Tom Cruise action film (read our review) grossed $13 million in just 425 IMAX locations. The Mission Impossible franchise has been going since 1996 (the 1960s if you count the television series) and while the last film was a disappointment, grossing ‘just’ $134 million ($397 million worldwide) it has been a steady run for Cruise since that original Brian DePalma effort. It will be interesting to see how this film does when it expands, because it was aided this week by having The Dark Knight Rises prologue attached – a neat little marketing ploy.

New Year’s Eve dipped about 40% from last weekend’s lacklustre launch. The all-star rom-com banked $7.4 million over the three days, upping its cumulative gross to a smidgen under $25 million.

The Sitter dropped over 50% from its debut, grossing just $4.4 million, for an unimpressive $17.7 million total.

Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1 scored another $4.3 million and upped its cume to $266 million. The vampire romance is now closing in on $700 million worldwide.

Young Adult (read our review) scored $3.6 million in less than a thousand locations. The film expanded from a limited run last weekend and the Jason Reitman/Diablo Cody reteam should do well as it widens and gains some awards traction.

Hugo grossed an additional $3.6 million, upping its total score to $39 million, a lot less than its $150 million+ budget.

Arthur Christmas delivered $3.6 million worth of presents and brought its total to just over $38 million worth of green.

Speaking of green, The Muppets rounded out the top ten, bringing in $3.4 million. The Muppet comeback vehicle has driven its gross to over $71 million, about $25 million more than its production budget.

George Clooney’s well received The Descendants brought in another $3.3 million for a $28 million gross, but dropped out of the top ten. More money is on the way for this awards magnet, which is still playing in less than a thousand theaters.

That’s it for now. See you at the movies.

Source: Box Office Mojo

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  1. I thought Holmes was great, the ending was a bit overly dramatic though. I was kind of disappointed with TDKR trailer shown with Holmes, Hathaway seemed extremely out of place. I like how Wayne was back in prison, kind of full circle from “Batman Begins”.

    • I agree 100%. Especially Hathaway. Rest of the trailer was enough to clinch my decision to go see the movie, though.

  2. In the trailer to TDKR, does bane say something about “A young man’s wish to die?” I believed I heard that right after you see the football field collapse, is he begging Wayne to kill him?

    • he says, “when gotham is ashes, you have my permission to die.” to what appears to be a wounded bruce wayne.

      • TDKR prologue and 2nd trailor did not hold up to its hype. I’m sorry but so far I think I just lost the excitement to see this movie. Hathaway didn’t seem to impress me with the scene with Bale. And the prologue with the joker was way more better. What a crappy way to introduce Bane

  3. I highly doubt that this will be the last sherlock holmes movie with RDJ in it. Although I’m not going to bet that it stays on top next week given that three huge blockbusters are releasing Tintin, Girl the dragon tatoo, and Mission Impossible 4. Overall the Guy Ritchie Sherlock Holmes films are well received and even though it made less on opening weekend than the original I would be surprised if the studio gave up so quickly on a property as marketable as Sherlock Holmes. I understand the concept of RDJ fatigue but honestly Nicolas Cage has been in a ridicoulous amount of films recently probably more within the past two years than RDJ has since his comeback.

  4. Really? Am I really the only person that loved The Dark knight Rises trailer? Maybe it’s because I am not expecting it to out do The Dark night?

    • I don’t think any of us were expecting it to out do The Dark Knight. Regardless the trailer was underwhelming.

  5. I loved the trailer!…. its a 2 and a half hour movie most likely and we have people complaining about the 3 minute trailer being in the daytime? Who cares if the city is in danger I don’t think batman is gonna wait till nightime. And I found anne hathaway fine she did nothing wrong. And the field being blown up was awsome

  6. I do have to say though the biggest problem this movie is going to have is simply its the third movie in a trilogy.

    People will be like

    “Oh man dude! DUDE DUDE! THIS MOVIE is going to be so epic man! The dark knight was awesome! my expectations are super high and I have no doubt in my mind that they will out do the last movie man!”

    Then !BLAMO! we have spider-man 3 all over again.

    Wich is why my expectations is for the movie to be great but expecting it to NOT out beat the last movie.

    • I agree I’m not expecting hardy to outshine ledger, nor am I expecting it to be better than the dark knight which is my favorite movie.

      • The Dark Knight left a big shoe to fill, but I think Nolan had planned for that situation, and unlike Raimi, he controls the characters included in the film. Plot wise The Dark Knight was a big question mark, making part 3 it’s sequel. It’s king of like Star wars story wise, you could see episode 4 as a stand alone story, when episode 5 came, there were a lot of questions raised with introduction of yoda, Sidious and the whole “I am your father” thing. Batman begins ( aside from the Joker card) was pretty much a stand alone story, you only need to learn Batman’s origin, while The Dark knight and TDKR are the expanded stories. I think pretty much every trilogy has part 2 as the question mark with part 3 as the exclamation point. The main problem with trilogies is the answers to the question seem pretty dull and uninspiring, which is why I believe only a few have made a strong trilogy like LOTR and Toy Story (Return of the Jedi was good but feels rushed and uneccessary characters like Ewoks came).
        Keep in mind Nolan is making his first trilogy, so I doubt he would want to disappoint.

    • I hope you are referring to the prologue as the trailer had the Bat.

      SH was (compared to the original) uninspiring.

    • The problem I have in understanding is why did they include Selina Kyle? Clearly she knows Bruce’s alter ego judging from the trailer, but what is her purpose?
      Nolan is clearly making people curious and trying to prove the skeptical fanboys wrong again.
      The real wildcard for me is Batman, in The Dark knight , you could see he takes a backseat to Harvey and the Joker’s story and acts like a supporting character. In The Dark Knight, Batman became the story’s focus in the end when he frames himself.
      I wanna see how Batman will deal with the continued chaos he inspired.

  7. MI 4 had better dialogue than MI3. Liked the scenic tours, good shots, but pretty basic and repetitive theme. I’m more psyched to Expendables 2 now, frame ups are overused in action genres.

  8. I hope that since it’s made a profit, that we get another Muppet film. I thought The Muppets was a great film and had me smiling throughout the film. Not enough Statler and Waldorf, though!

    • In many ways I agree… I was definitely smiling the whole time. My only disappointments were (1) an underwhelming use of cameos. I haven’t seen the first 2 Muppet movies in years but the abundance of cameos (and their lines) seemed much better than this time around. (2) Statler and Waldorf just didn’t seem as funny/sarcastic/biting to me as in other runs. (3) And finally… I’m old school when it comes to the voices. The new guys do a great job but there’s no way of replacing Jim Henson and Frank Oz. But eventualities do come. Death, as in the case of Jim and an unwillingness to be involved… then death. Iknow, I know. Frank’s still alive.

  9. I like how the majority of the comments are about TDKR prologue and trailer and not about the movies that came out this weekend. MI4 was really good, the best in the series.

  10. Another factor for Holmes was the first one opened on Christmas
    That gave itwo holiday weekend bumps in its first two weekends.
    as it is , the holiday weekends might slow down the slide .
    havent seen either of these movies .
    I will soon though.

  11. I think the biggest factor for Holmes was the fact that Mission Impossible opened directly against it, albeit in IMAX at under 500 locations.

    Still, M:I got better reviews (according to Rotten Tomatoes) and TDKR prologue thing probably gave it an extra bump at the theaters showing it. $13 million it made… that took some cash away from Holmes… both films are designed to appeal to the same target audience, so there was probably some cannibalism going on. I’m surprised one of them didn’t switch to December 2, when no major releases came out.

    I still think Holmes 2 will be a box office hit and get a boost after the holidays. Looking forward to a third installment.

  12. I’m a little bit surprised to see Sherlock Holmes 2 not do as well as the first. Christmas shopping must be hitting people hard in the wallets this year.