LOS ANGELES (AP) – Sherlock Holmes is facing his worst enemy: declining crowds at the box office.

Robert Downey Jr.’s sequel “Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows” debuted on top with a $40 million weekend, off 36 percent from the first installment’s $62.3 million debut two years ago.

The first movie opened over Christmas weekend, one of the busiest times for movie theaters. Distributor Warner Bros. predicts the “Holmes” sequel will make up the lost ground over the holidays.

But overall business was down again, a sign of the times as Hollywood struggles to interest audiences in its big year-end releases. “Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked” did even worse than “Holmes.” “Chipwrecked” opened at No. 2 with $23.5 million, about half the business the first two “Chipmunks” movies did on their debut weekends.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

  1. Wilfred says:

    I’m glad I’m not alone, I gave up on the new Doctor Who. After enjoying Moffat’s ivurpoes episodes which were dark and clever, and also being a big fan of his Jekyll mini series, I was very disappointed by the new Who series and finally gave up. So with that in mind, and as a fan of both the Rathbone and Brett TV series, I came to this new modern Sherlock with some trepidation. I’m very pleased to say I’ve absolutely loved it. The latest episode had a nod in it to the Dancing Men I think and I’ve surprised myself by how much I’ve enjoyed it. It’s just a shame that it is only 3 episodes, but I hope the ratings are good and it returns next year. Can’t make the events, I will certainly check out the graphic novels as they are right up my street.

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