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Sherlock Holmes snags No. 1 at the box office

Jenna Milly is a screenwriter. She co-created the TBS microseries "Gillian in Georgia." She earned her B.A. in Journalism from the University of Georgia and a M.F.A. in Screenwriting from UCLA’s School of Theater, Film and Television. Sh...

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Despite dismal ticket sales, Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows locked the number one spot with Alvin trailing in second and Mission: Impossible in limited release a solid third.

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Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, the two-hander mystery action starring pretty boys Jude Law and Robert Downey Jr., takes the number one spot at the box office this weekend with an estimated intake of $40 million.

The sequel to the successful 2009 Sherlock Holmes film also directed by Madonna's ex-hubby Guy Ritchie had ladies swooning and men cheering with its fast-paced dialogue and clever story. The original, however, opened larger its first weekend with $62 million.

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Critics blame the economy for the slow box office; last weekend was the most dismal in sales since 2008. The third installment in the successful modern chipmunk trilogy, Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chip-wrecked, earned an estimated $23.5 million taking the second place for the weekend top 10. The film stars Jason Lee in the animated-live-action hybrid adventure movie with the singing chipmunk trio and their friends. The sequel, which opened in 2009, earned $48 million its opening weekend, and the original earned $44 million in 2007.

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Taking third place in the holiday box office war is Tom Cruise's fourth contribution to the TV-show-turned-successful-movie-franchise Mission: Impossible -- Ghost Protocol. Despite opening early to limited audiences (the film was only shown on IMAX screens, but releases wide Dec. 21), it earned an estimated $13 million.

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The ensemble romantic comedy New Year's Eve fell from its top spot last week to fourth position, earning $7.4 million. Jonah Hill's R-rated babysitting adventure comedy The Sitter earned the fifth spot with $4.4, while The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1 maintained its top ten status with $4.3 for the weekend, bringing its gross earnings to an impressive $266 million.

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Charlize Theron's indie comedy Young Adult expanded this weekend to include more theaters and earned $3.6, bringing its ranking to number seven. Hugo, Arthur Christmas and The Muppets maintained by grabbing the eighth, ninth and tenth spots, respectively.

The week before Christmas should add some punch to the numbers; new releases include quite a few choices. The Adventures of Tintin, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, We Bought a Zoo and War Horse, due out this week, should definitely shake up the list.

Photo credit: Warner Bros. Pictures
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