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Weekend Box Office — ‘Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows’ Hunts Down First Place

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Moviegoers lined up to see Robert Downey, Jr. in ‘Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows,’ giving the sleuthing sequel a $40 million showing and the top spot at the box office this weekend.

Another sequel, ‘Alvin And The Chipmunks: Chipwrecked,’ came in second with $23.5 million, followed by ‘Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol,’ the latest in the Tom Cruise franchise, which brought in $13 million.

Last week’s most popular movie, the star-studded ‘New Year’s Eve,’ came in fourth with $7.4 million, and Jonah Hill’s ‘The Sitter’ rounded out this weekend’s top five with a $4.4 million haul.

Here’s a list of the top 10 movies at the box office Friday through Sunday with estimated grosses, along with how much each movie has made since its release:

1. ‘Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows’ – $40 million, new release
2. ‘Alvin And The Chipmunks: Chipwrecked’ – $23.5 million, new release
3. ‘Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol’ – $13 million, $13.6 million total
4. ‘New Year’s Eve’ – $7.4 million, $24.8 million total
5. ‘The Sitter’ – $4.4 million, $17.7 million total
6. ‘The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1′ – $4.3 million, $266 million total
7. ‘Young Adult’ – $3.6 million, $4 million total
8. ‘Hugo’ – $3.6 million, $39 million total
9. ‘Arthur Christmas’ – $3.6 million, $38.5 million total
10. ‘The Muppets’ – $3.4 million, $70.9 million total

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