'Holmes,' 'Chipmunks' and 'Young Adult' All Underwhelm; 'M:I4' Sneak Preview Provides Bright Spot

on December 17, 2011 by Phil Contrino

With only $14.7 million in the bank on Friday, Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows is off to a slow start. The sequel will come in way below the $62.3 million debut of its predecessor. The silver lining is that word of mouth is strong thanks to a 86% approval rating from more than 47,000 Flixster users.

Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked is also on pace to disappoint. 20th Century Fox's animation/live-action hybrid managed only $6.8 million on Friday. That's very weak considering that Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel opened to $49 million in 2009. Word of mouth is lackluster: nearly 7,500 Flixster users combined to give Chipwrecked a 70% approval rating.

Paramount's decision to roll out Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol at IMAX locations across the country is paying off in a big way. The action flick boasts an impressive 90% approval rating on Flixster from more than 33,000 user reviews, and that will give it a distinct advantage over the rush of new releases about to hit theaters.

Moviegoers clearly aren't very interested in watching Charlize Theron play a sharp-tongued novelist in Young Adult. Nearly 5,000 Flixster users have combined to deliver an underwhelming 72% approval rating.

Additional reporting by Daniel Garris.

Tags: Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked, Young Adult, Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol

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