Downey's 'Holmes' wins weekend with $39.6M debut

December 19, 2011 - 6:05 PM
Film Holmes vs Moriarty

In this image released by Warner Bros. Pictures, Jared Harris portraying Professor James Moriarty, left, and Robert Downey Jr., portraying Sherlock Holmes, are shown in a scene from "Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows." Moriarty, who has loomed as the grandfather of all super-villains, is played with cool, quiet, chilling detachment by Jared Harris. (AP Photo/Warner Bros. Pictures, Daniel Smith)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — There was no mystery at the weekend box office. Robert Downey Jr.'s "Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows" debuted as the clear favorite with $39.6 million.

The family sequel "Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked" opened a distant No. 2 with $23.3 million.

The top 20 movies at U.S. and Canadian theaters Friday through Sunday, followed by distribution studio, gross, number of theater locations, average receipts per location, total gross and number of weeks in release, as compiled Monday by Hollywood.com are:

1. "Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows," Warner Bros., $39,637,079, 3,703 locations, $10,704 average, $39,637,079, one week.

2. "Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked," Fox, $23,244,744, 3,723 locations, $6,244 average, $23,244,744, one week.

3. "Mission: Impossible — Ghost Protocol," Paramount, $12,785,204, 425 locations, $30,083 average, $13,385,204, one week.

4. "New Year's Eve," Warner Bros., $7,310,413, 3,505 locations, $2,086 average, $24,716,167, two weeks.

5. "The Sitter," Fox, $4,608,681, 2,752 locations, $1,675 average, $17,929,987, two weeks.

6. "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — Part 1," Summit, $4,197,893, 2,958 locations, $1,419 average, $266,327,974, five weeks.

7. "Hugo," Paramount, $3,707,848, 2,532 locations, $1,464 average, $39,155,709, four weeks.

8. "Arthur Christmas," Sony, $3,554,286, 2,929 locations, $1,213 average, $38,501,631, four weeks.

9. "The Muppets," Disney, $3,520,926, 2,808 locations, $1,254 average, $70,994,571, four weeks.

10. "Young Adult," Paramount, $3,403,159, 986 locations, $3,451 average, $3,843,083, two weeks.

11. "The Descendants," Fox Searchlight, $3,268,357, 878 locations, $3,723 average, $28,645,909, five weeks.

12. "Jack and Jill," Sony, $1,228,843, 1,910 locations, $643 average, $70,506,629, six weeks.

13. "Happy Feet Two," Warner Bros., $1,077,329, 1,780 locations, $605 average, $58,909,873, five weeks.

14. "Tower Heist," Universal, $901,025, 1,315 locations, $685 average, $75,788,740, seven weeks.

15. "Immortals," Relativity Media, $851,371, 1,216 locations, $700 average, $81,889,376, six weeks.

16. "My Week with Marilyn," Weinstein Co., $591,385, 244 locations, $2,424 average, $6,087,130, four weeks.

17. "Puss in Boots," Paramount, $465,209, 757 locations, $615 average, $142,775,402, eight weeks.

18. "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy," Focus, $456,777, 16 locations, $28,549 average, $879,548, two weeks.

19. "J. Edgar," Warner Bros., $386,494, 703 locations, $550 average, $35,718,897, six weeks.

20. "Shame," Fox Searchlight, $307,254, 51 locations, $6,025 average, $1,231,295, three weeks.

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Universal and Focus are owned by NBC Universal, a unit of Comcast Corp.; Sony, Columbia, Sony Screen Gems and Sony Pictures Classics are units of Sony Corp.; Paramount is owned by Viacom Inc.; Disney, Pixar and Marvel are owned by The Walt Disney Co.; Miramax is owned by Filmyard Holdings LLC; 20th Century Fox and Fox Searchlight are owned by News Corp.; Warner Bros. and New Line are units of Time Warner Inc.; MGM is owned by a group of former creditors including Highland Capital, Anchorage Advisors and Carl Icahn; Lionsgate is owned by Lions Gate Entertainment Corp.; IFC is owned by AMC Networks Inc.; Rogue is owned by Relativity Media LLC.