Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows leads the international box office once again while Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo follows. So not that much different from last week other then ranking.
A Game of Shadows made $29.6 million for 1st place and $224.2 million internationally. Worldwide Sherlock has reached $396.2 million, slowly closing in on the $524 million made by the first one. With still a few big markets left to go, Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows should finish slightly above that mark so a 3rd entry is all but guaranteed. Between the BBC series Sherlock getting a 3rd season and CBS moving forward with their modern take on the character in another TV series, Mr. Holmes and Doctor Watson are definitely here to stay.
In 2nd place the spy team of Tom Cruise stole another $16.5 million for $320.4 million internationally. That’s $11 million shy of the $331 made by Mission: Impossible 2. Now worldwide Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol is at $509.9 million so far and the number to beat here is $546.4 million (Mission: Impossible 2).
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is 3rd with $16 million for an international total of $49.3 million and $138.5 million worldwide. In contrast, the original Swedish Girl with the Dragon Tattoo finished with $94.2 million internationally and $104.3 million worldwide. So while the US version has made more, the Swedish one cost $13 million compared to $90 million for David Fincher’s film.
Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked is 4th with $14.8 million, $153.1 million internationally and a total of $274 million worldwide. It could eventually reach the $361.3 million made by Alvin and the Chipmunks but the Squeakquel is out of reach at $443.1 million.
Rounding up the top 5 is Puss in Boots with another $14.6 million. So far the movie made $331.7 million internationally and a total of $479 million worldwide. Among Shrek films (it is a spin-off after all) it’s just $5.4 million away from the 2001 Shrek. When it comes to DreamWorks Animation flicks, Puss in Boots ranks 10th worldwide and it should go as high as 8th place, besting Shrek ($484.4M) and How to Train Your Dragon ($494.9M). So DreamWorks seem to have another potential franchise on their hands. Puss in Boots 2 anyone?