On the heels of an underwhelming start this past weekend, Warner's Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows grossed $4.93 million on Monday to continue to lead the daily box office. The anticipated sequel starring Robert Downey Jr. fell a very solid 52 percent from Sunday. With a four-day start of $44.56 million, A Game of Shadows is running a disappointing 39 percent behind the $73.47 million four-day start of 2009's Sherlock Holmes. With Sony's The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and Paramount's The Adventures of Tintin both about to enter the marketplace and Paramount's Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol about to expand into wide release, A Game of Shadows is likely to take a hit in the coming days. However, the film will also be extremely likely to rebound in a big way on Christmas Day and the day after Christmas.
Fox's Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked held steady in second place with $2.71 million. The third installment of the family film franchise fell 59 percent from Sunday, which represented the day's poorest daily hold among wide releases. That isn't the most promising early sign for the film, especially since other family films held up well yesterday with many schools now out of session for the holidays. Chipwrecked has grossed a soft $25.96 million through four days of release. That places the film 45 percent behind the pace of 2007's Alvin and the Chipmunks.
Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol continued its strong limited run with a third place take of $2.02 million. The well-received action sequel starring Tom Cruise fell just 49 percent from Sunday, as plenty of demand remains for the film's mostly IMAX release in 425 locations. Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol has grossed $15.41 million in four days and will expand into wide release beginning tonight. Given its impressive run in limited release, Ghost Protocol is in great shape to lead the box office over Christmas weekend.
Check back throughout the week for further updates on Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (which opens in wide release tonight) and the rest of the Christmas week releases.
Warner's New Year's Eve showed some signs of life on Monday with a fourth place performance of $1.12 million. The holiday themed ensemble romantic comedy was down a slim 40 percent from Sunday and up 13 percent over last Monday. New Year's Eve has grossed a disappointing $25.83 million in eleven days, but should be able to build some momentum in the coming days as the New Year's holiday approaches.
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