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.