Sequels rake in box office winnings

2011-12-19 09:38
Los Angeles - Action adventure film Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows led a trio of sequels at the US box office over the weekend with $40m in ticket sales, according to studio estimates compiled by Reuters on Sunday.

The sequel to 2009's Sherlock Holmes starring Robert Downey Jr beat Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked, the third film in the popular family franchise.

Chipwrecked pulled in $23.5m from Friday through Sunday.

Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol, the fourth movie in the action series starring Tom Cruise, was in third place with $13m at just 425 theatres over three days.

Sherlock Holmes and Chipwrecked played in more than 3 700 theatres each.