Sequels ruled the box office over the weekend, with Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked and Mission: Impossible — Ghost Protocol securing the top 3 spots, Box Office Mojo reports.
Guy Ritchie's Holmes follow-up starring Robert Downey Jr. grossed an estimated $40 million in its opening weekend. In comparison, its predecessor — released on Christmas weekend in 2009 — opened at $62.3 million.
Chipwrecked may have snagged the No. 2 spot, but it only grossed some $23.5 million, less than half of 2009's The Squeakquel, the second film in the Chipmunks franchise.
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The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — Part 1 pulled in $4.3 million at No. 6, bring its five-week total to $266.4 million, and Young Adult, starring Charlize Theron, attracted $3.7 million to secure seventh place in its second week.
Rounding out the top 10: Hugo (No. 8, $3.6 million), Arthur Christmas (No. 9, $3.6 million), and The Muppets (No. 10, $3.5 million).