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Tom Cruise as Ethan Hunt, MI4 – Ghost Protocol Tom Cruise/Brad Bird's Paramount-distributed Mission: Impossible IV – Ghost Protocol topped the North American box office this Christmas weekend, collecting $29.5 million — three million more than estimates released yesterday — according to revised studio estimates found at Box Office Mojo. Not to be left too far behind, 20th Century Fox also upped its estimates for Guy Ritchie/Robert Downey Jr's Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows by $2.5 million — to $20.26m. Ghost Protocol is expected to earn $46.21 million for the four-day weekend; A Game of Shadows $31.81m. For comparison's sake: Back in 2005, when Christmas Day also fell on a Sunday, the three leaders at the domestic box office were Peter Jackson/Naomi Watts's King Kong, Andrew Adamson/Tilda Swinton's The Chronicles of Narnia:The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, and Jim Carrey/Téa Leoni's Fun with Dick and Jane. Among »
- Zac Gille
Paula Patton, Tom Cruise, Mission: Impossible IV As expected, Tom Cruise/Brad Bird's Mission: Impossible IV – Ghost Protocol easily topped the North American box office this Christmas weekend. Ghost Protocol collected $26.53 million according to studio estimates found at Box Office Mojo. Cruise's latest was followed by Guy Ritchie/Robert Downey Jr's Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows with $17.8 million (-55%) and Mike Mitchell's Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chip-Wrecked, with $13.32 million (-42%). For comparison's sake: Back in 2005, when Christmas Day also fell on a Sunday, Peter Jackson/Naomi Watts/Jack Black's King Kong, Andrew Adamson/Tilda Swinton's The Chronicles of Narnia:The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, and Dean Parisot/Jim Carrey/Téa Leoni's Fun with Dick and Jane — the top three movies at the Us/Canada box office — took in a total of $55.4 million (approx. $68 million* today) from Friday to Sunday. As per studio estimates, »
- Zac Gille
Tom Cruise, Jeremy Renner, Paula Patton, Simon Pegg, Ghost Protocol Tom Cruise remains the only bright light at the North American box office as 2011 comes to a close. According to early, rough estimates found at both The Hollywood Reporter and Deadline.com, apart from Cruise/Brad Bird's Mission: Impossible IV – Ghost Protocol, every mid-to-late December wide release is performing somewhere between "disappointingly" and "poorly." Among those are: Guy Ritchie/Robert Downey Jr's Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, David Fincher/Rooney Mara/Daniel Craig's The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Mike Mitchell's Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chip-Wrecked, Steven Spielberg's The Adventures of Tintin, and newcomer We Bought a Zoo, directed by Cameron Crowe, and starring Matt Damon, Scarlett Johansson. It's true that Christmas is generally a relatively "soft" box-office holiday, but this year chances are it'll be softer than usual. Back in 2005, when Christmas »
- Zac Gille
Rooney Mara, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo Tom Cruise/Ghost Protocol to Save North American Box Office: Mission: Impossible IV Overperforms on Wednesday Trailing Brad Bird/Tom Cruise's Mission: Impossible IV – Ghost Protocol was David Fincher's remake of Niels Arden Oplev's The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, with Daniel Craig and Rooney Mara replacing Michael Nyqvist (featured in Ghost Protocol) and Noomi Rapace (featured in Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows). The Swedish-set American remake earned a good — though hardly outstanding — $5.06 million at 2,914 locations on Wednesday, Dec. 21, in North America, as per Box Office Mojo. The thriller's per-theater average was $1,738 — or about $850 less than Ghost Protocol's at 3,448 sites. Admittedly, the Tom Cruise actioner has the advantage of IMAX ticket-price surcharges. (All things being equal — including the fact that both Tom Cruise's Ethan Hunt and Rooney Mara's Lisbeth Salander walk around hooded — the fewer the number of theaters, »
- Zac Gille
Directed by Guy Ritchie.
Never one to take a fair, even-handed approach to those untrustworthy thieving gypsy types (my entire experience based of course upon Guy Ritchie films and My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding, and the fact that I’m nothing if not an idiotic mindless consumer) Ritchie's latest incidentally concerns a traveller called Simza (Noomi Rapace). Through some convoluted plot machinations she becomes embroiled in a scam masterminded by the masterful Moriarty (Jared Harris) a Cambridge professor and Holmes’ intellectual match who plans on starting a World War. Sherlock catches wind and soon finds himself in a game of cat and mouse with his ultimate rival. Meanwhile Dr Watson ties the knot with his fiancée causing Holmes to slaver homoerotic subtext all over »
Guy Ritchie/Robert Downey Jr's Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows hasn't exactly "saved" the North American box office despite the estimated $40.02 million it earned (or rather, is earning) this weekend at 3,703 locations, including $1.25 million from Thursday midnight screenings. In fact, A Game of Shadows failed to shake things up because it earned slightly over $40 million. After all, the original Sherlock Holmes collected $62.3 million on Christmas weekend 2009 (admittedly, when people were out of school/work) and last week's predictions had A Game of Shadows bringing in anywhere between $55 and $60 million.
I'm not sure if many have used the word "flop" in reference to a movie that grossed $40 million over the course of three days. But unless things pick up dramatically next weekend and the following one — Monday as a holiday should help things some — A Game of Shadows »
- Zac Gille
Not unexpectedly, following its relatively weak Thursday midnight opening — $1.25 million at about 1,600 locations — the Guy Ritchie/Robert Downey Jr period actioner Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows is trailing its predecessor by a large margin. Whereas the 2009 Sherlock Holmes opened with $62.3 million on Christmas weekend (admittedly, when people are out of school/work), A Game of Shadows is expected to collect a mere $42.4 million at 3,703 locations — after grossing $16 million on Friday (including the midnight screenings) according to early, rough estimates found at Deadline.com. So much for Sherlock Holmes 2 helping to save the North American box office from its current morass.
Now, the low forties figure isn't exactly good news for distributor Warner Bros. A Game of Shadows' budget is reportedly around $125 million, about one third more than that of the original Sherlock Holmes. »
- Zac Gille
The North American box office is in the doldrums. Receipts last weekend were the lowest since September 2008 (unadjusted for inflation), while attendance figures — if reports are to be believed — are at their lowest since September 2001, in the aftermath of the terrorist attacks in New York City and Washington. (Note: those attendance comparisons are iffier than usual, as they're using 3D-inflated 2011 movie-ticket price averages to compare with basically 3D-less pre-2009 averages — when last weekend's top three movies, Garry Marshall/Zac Efron/Michelle Pfeiffer/etc.'s New Year's Eve, Jonah Hill's The Sitter, and Bill Condon/Robert Pattinson/Kristen Stewart/Taylor Lautner's The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1 were all in "2D.")
Anyhow, Guy Ritchie/Robert Downey Jr's Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, Brad Bird/Tom Cruise's Mission: Impossible IV – Ghost Protocol, and Mike Mitchell's animated feature Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chip-Wrecked »
- Zac Gille
These days, it’s typical for rushed and ineffective sequels to be released into theatres to capitalize on the success of a hit film. While it has taken only two years for Robert Downey Jr.’s sleuth to return to screens, Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows stands as an exception to the rule. Arthur Conan Doyle purists may still turn their noses up to genre director Guy Ritchie’s kinetic and admittedly revisionist approach to the source material. However, this flick amplifies all of the best aspects of the original and, in the end, proves a perfectly capable popcorn crowd pleaser. In fact, fans of the first movie may enjoy this follow-up even more.
This time out, Holmes (Downey Jr.) and Watson (Jude Law) take on their most dangerous adversary, Professor Moriarty (Jared Harris). Frustrated by Holmes constant interference, Moriarty threatens Holmes on two fronts – an assassination plot, along »
- Glenn Kay
Chicago – The production team of “Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows” – designers, crew, writers, director and actors – should be proud of the level of respect they have given and embodied in delivering an updated Sherlock Holmes, Dr. Watson, Professor Moriarty and the like. They take liberties, of course, but they also make sure that the truth of the characters are always intact.
The latest film in series is the second one, and its footing is much more sure than the first. This is a rousing adventure tale with high stakes, yet the story never overlooks the key to the Sherlock Holmes universe – the detective himself. It is still his powers of deduction, observation and deception that are utilized to solve the case, and this latest caper has symbolic components that reach from its setting in the year 1891 through the 20th and 21st centuries.
As the plot unfolds, there have »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
Two big films are opening this weekend, we have .Young Adult. starring Charlize Theron and the sequel .Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows.. Which one is my pick of the week? Take a look!
Here's more details on "Young Adult" from Yahoo:
Mavis Gary, a writer of teen literature, returns to her small hometown to relive her glory days and attempt to reclaim her happily married high school sweetheart. When returning home proves more difficult than she thought, Mavis forms an unusual bond with a former classmate who hasn't quite gotten over high school either.
Running Time: 1 hr. 34 min.
Release Date: December 9th, 2011 (limited); December 16th (wide)
MPAA Rating: R for language and some sexual content.
Distributors: Paramount Pictures
U.S. Box Office: $310,263
Cast and Credits
Directed by: Jason Reitman
Director: Guy Richie
Over the years Arthur Conan Doyle’s iconic creation Sherlock Holmes has been adapted countless times. Growing up I watched with my father on sunday afternoons, both the great Basil Rathbone’s smokey gothic-style incarnation, and Jeremy Brett’s long-running television take. Even Disney got in on the act with their own animated-inspired Basil: The Great Mouse Detective and as much as I love Peter Cook and Dudley Moore, the less said about their comic take on arguably Homes’ most famous adventure The Hound Of The Baskevilles, the better. That’s also not forgetting the current BBC hit show Sherlock »
- Craig Hunter
Between playing Iron Man and Sherlock Holmes, does anyone have more fun onscreen than Robert Downey Jr.? His gift is imparting that delight to the audience, which begins to explain why Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows is enjoyable in spite of its shortcomings. But the fact that Shadows is better than its predecessor? Well, there are a host of reasons for that. Let's start with the plot. Gone is the fake hocus pocus of Sherlock's last case - something about a flim-flam man taking over a snooty cult in an effort to destroy Parliament. No, this one is about »
- Alynda Wheat
Critics weren't wowed by director Guy Ritchie's 2009 original, and this time around is no different.
By Kevin P. Sullivan
Robert Downey Jr.'s steampunk take on the classic literary detective returns for a new mystery in "Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows."
The first film from 2009 didn't exactly wow the critics, and the sequel is no exception. The mixed response ranges from "better than the first" to "one of the worst of the year," but the chemistry between Downey and Jude Law earned the critics' highest complements.
We've rounded up some of the best reviews to give you a sense what the critics are saying:
"As the film opens, Watson is paying a visit to his occasional partner in solving crimes. His wedding to Mary (Kelly Reilly) is fast approaching and Holmes is to be his best man. »
Guy Ritchie was far from the most obvious choice to direct a big budget, period action comedy that hoped to turn the Sherlock Holmes name into a 21st century franchise. But half a billion dollars (worldwide) later he found himself the man behind a monster hit… and its inevitable sequel. Two years later, that sequel is now a reality, and the question becomes can Ritchie strike gold twice in a row with another entertaining blockbuster? Or has he delivered the Victorian equivalent of Speed 2: Cruise Control… Depending on how you look at it the answer sits somewhere in between. A Game of Shadows brings back the two major players in Sherlock Holmes (Robert Downey Jr.) and Watson (Jude Law), but instead of a generic villain with mysterious motivations we get Arthur Conan Doyle’s most notorious and evil mastermind pulling the strings and doling out the pain. Ritchie’s sequel tries to stick with the first »
- Rob Hunter
Title: Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows Directed By: Guy Ritchie Starring: Robert Downey Jr., Jude Law, Noomi Rapace, Jared Harris, Stephen Fry, Kelly Reilly, Rachel McAdams Did you enjoy Sherlock Holmes? Odds are, your answer to that question will hold up for round two. Complicated plot, overly chatty characters, wicked action sequences, Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows keeps your head spinning, but trumps its predecessor in the slightest by offering up a marginally more understandable scenario, keeping the banter to a minimum unless absolutely necessary and making the fight scenes all the more mesmerizing. Sherlock Holmes (Robert Downey Jr.) is back and while he’s still very much on »
- Perri Nemiroff
The first Sherlock Holmes had to overcome the challenge of readjusting the legendary detective to a modernized version who lived in a jacked-up version of Victorian England. The film was a hit, audiences accepted director Guy Ritchie's re-imagined Sherlock (Robert Downey Jr.), and the sequel moves on to broadening the world, upping the ante, and refining the rough parts of the original. Like its predecessor, Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows is fun, easily-digestible entertainment, but the sequel simplifies the mystery and misses a major opportunity to highlight one of literature's great villains. The shadow of Holmes' nemesis, Professor James Moriarty, swirled around the first movie, and now he has emerged (played by Jared Harris) to move towards a mysterious endgame. The device Moriarty stole at the end of the first movie has nothing to do with the new story, but grand plans still abound and Holmes has gone »
- Matt Goldberg
Guy Ritchie is back with a sequel to his 2009 take on the famous detective created by Arthur Conan Doyle. Whereas the first movie, with Robert Downey Jr. in the title role, was a different, very ‘Guy Ritchie’ approach to the stories, the sequel lacks that element of surprise, but that’s not the reason behind it being nowhere near as good.
For at least the first half hour of Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, there’s a series of events, but nothing actually happens. Nor do the events really connect with one another. And it doesn’t get much better. While things start to make sense, there is still a serious lacking in terms of actual plot. »
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Rating: 2.5 out of 5 stars
What exactly has happened to Guy Ritchie in the last decade? The fact that his only truly good work in this period has been a gangster film (Rocknrolla) goes a way to reinforce every bad word said about him, that he’s a one trick pony who compensates for this with vapid over-direction. His first stab at Sherlock Holmes in 2009 resulted in sporadic, stifled amusement, driven by two very assured performances yet undone by a patchy script which neither adequately services the source material nor establishes itself enough as its own interpretation; it is sort of stewed awkwardly in the middle. While Richie’s deference towards a slickly commercial Holmes is disappointing given his potential to tap into the gritter, more sinister facets of the character, one can say that on its own merits, this is a slightly sounder, albeit still disappointing take on the famed sleuth. »
- Shaun Munro
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