It’s the holiday season, so there are loads and repeats on television and loads of shopping going on. Plus people going to the movies… Well sort of… Seems like people are staying away from the theaters at least for now. Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows came in on top with a little over $40 million bucks. That is a decent number, but no where near close where the first film was when it opened over Christmas two years ago, then it made $63 million in one weekend. Now mind you this is the week before Christmas and so maybe the numbers will jump. A bigger surprise to me is that Alvin and Chipmunks 3 came in at second with over $23 million. I guess people will take their kids to see anything, no matter how horrible it is.

One of the most surprising things about the weekend is Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol(MI:4) landed in third when it only opened in IMAX theaters. That means it hasn’t even gone wide yet. In just IMAX alone(that’s under 500 screens) it made $13 million, that’s very impressive and a good sign for when the movie opens wide around the country. I think people put way too much into Tom Cruise’s melt down a couple years ago, the dude is an action star, if you don’t like his actions or beliefs, maybe you should leave that at the door and just enjoy the movies.

The rest of the box office was pretty average, Twilight is dropping hard but has made some major cash($266 million domestically). New Years Eve and The Sitter haven’t exactly grown any legs. Young Adult went wider and rose in the charts which is good to see. Smaller films like My Week With Marilyn, The Artist and The Descendants keep selling out screens and I think studios need more faith in America and open these films wide. Major audiences want good movies, even though Alvin and the Chipmunks keep trying to prove me wrong.

Here is the list…

1. Sherlock Holmes: Game of Shadows $40 million

2. Alvin and the Chipmunks 3: Chipwreckes $23.5 million

3. Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol $13 million

4. New Year’s Eve $7.4 million

5. The Sitter $4.4 million

6. The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1 $4.3 million

7. Young Adult $3.6 million

8. Hugo $3.6 million

9. Arthur Christmas $3.5 million

10. The Muppets $3.4 million