Long Range Forecast: 'Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows,' 'Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chip-Wrecked' and 'Young Adult'

Featured Stories - on October 22, 2011 by Phil Contrino

We've added Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chip-Wrecked and Young Adult to the Long Range Forecast. Sherlock and Alvin both open on December 16, while Young Adult will expand after a limited release.

Sherlock star Robert Downey Jr. star can do no wrong these days. He's at the peak of his drawing power, and Sherlock will benefit immensely as a result. Don't be surprised if this sequel tops its predecessor's $209 million domestic haul.

Family audiences are bound to show up in droves for the third installment in the Alvin and the Chipmunks franchise. Parents may moan and groan, but they won't be able to stop their children from passionately campaigning on behalf of the 20th Century Fox release.

Young Adult is a reunion of Juno's writer/director combo of Diablo Cody and Jason Reitman, but don't expect it to generate the same level of Oscar attention. Still, Young Adult should have no problem roping in a healthy portion of the same audience that turned up for Bad Teacher, another dark comedy featuring a famous actress in offensive mode.

Check out our predictions for these films and others in the table below.


Title Release Date Distributor  Weekend Gross
Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chip-Wrecked Dec 16, 2011 Fox
$42,000,000 $180,000,000
Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows Dec 16, 2011 Warner Bros.
$75,000,000 $230,000,000
New Year's Eve Dec 9, 2011 Warner Bros. / New Line
$16,000,000 $75,000,000
The Sitter Dec 9, 2011 Fox
$12,000,000 $40,000,000
Young Adult Dec 9, 2011 Paramount
$7,000,000 $32,000,000
Arthur Christmas Nov 23, 2011 Sony / Columbia
$12,000,000 $52,000,000
The Muppets Nov 23, 2011 Disney
$38,000,000 $130,000,000
Hugo Nov 23, 2011 Paramount
$16,000,000 $50,000,000
The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1 Nov 18, 2011 Summit
$155,000,000 $300,000,000
Happy Feet Two Nov 18, 2011 Warner Bros.
$37,000,000 $165,000,000
Jack and Jill Nov 11, 2011 Sony / Columbia
$21,000,000 $70,000,000
Immortals Nov 11, 2011 Relativity Media
$21,000,000 $58,000,000
J. Edgar Nov 9, 2011 Warner Bros.
$12,000,000 $50,000,000
Tower Heist Nov 4, 2011 Universal
$35,000,000 $115,000,000
Puss in Boots (2011) Oct 28, 2011 Paramount / DreamWorks
$38,000,000 $144,000,000
The Rum Diary Oct 28, 2011 FilmDistrict
$9,000,000 $23,000,000
In Time Oct 28, 2011 Fox
$18,000,000 $55,000,000


Note: We have removed Anonymous from the list because it now has a location estimate of 200.

Additional reporting by Daniel Garris and Alex Edghill.

Tags: Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chip-Wrecked, Young Adult

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