Box Office: 'Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows' clear winner for the weekend

sherlock-holmes-game-of-shadows.jpgWith three new sequels opening this weekend, the industry is hoping that last weekend's painfully quiet Box Office will show improvement -- and it will.

At No. 1 " Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows" scored an estimated $14.7 million on opening day -- $1.25 million of that coming in from midnight showings on Thursday night. Though this doesn't necessarily make "Sherlock" the blockbuster that the original was, there's a strong chance that the word-of-mouth on this one will keep it considerably successful through the holiday season.

The latest " Alvin and the Chipmunks" sequel, "Chipwrecked," is one of few (mostly) animated films this year that does not have a 3-D option, but that seems to be working for family audiences. The movie drew $6.8 million on Friday night to come in second place, and of course as a family-friendly film, it's likely to pick up the pace throughout the weekend with matinee showings and the Saturday night crowd.

As for Tom Cruise's most recent " Mission Impossible - Ghost Protocol," which was well-reviewed, numbers are coming in high. Opening this weekend in only 425 theaters (300 of which are of the IMAX variety), the "MI" sequel still raked in $1.1 million at midnight and a total of $4.1 million for Friday.

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