Three sequels reigned supreme. Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows premiered in the top spot at the box office with $40 Million. Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked premiered in Second Place with $23.5 Million. Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol premiered in Third Place with $13 Million. New Year’s Eve was Fourth with $7.4 Million. The Sitter was Fifth with $4.4 Million. The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1, Young Adult, Hugo, Arthur Christmas, and The Muppets rounded out the top ten respectively.
Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows is a 2011 British-American action mystery film directed by Guy Ritchie and produced by Joel Silver, Lionel Wigram, Susan Downey, and Dan Lin. It is a sequel to the 2009 film Sherlock Holmes, based on the character of the same name created by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. The screenplay is by Kieran Mulroney and Michele Mulroney. Robert Downey, Jr. and Jude Law reprise their roles as Sherlock Holmes and Dr. John Watson, respectively, as the duo join forces to outwit and bring down their most cunning adversary, Professor Moriarty, played by Jared Harris. The film is specifically influenced by Conan Doyle’s work The Final Problem. but it is an independent story rather than a strict adaptation.
Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked is a 2011 American comedy film. The film stars Jason Lee and David Cross. It is to be distributed by 20th Century Fox, and produced by Regency Enterprises and Bagdasarian Productions. The film is a sequel to the 2007 film Alvin and the Chipmunks and the 2009 film Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel
Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol is a 2011 action spy film, and the fourth installment in the Mission: Impossible series. It stars Tom Cruise, who reprises his role of IMF Agent Ethan Hunt, and is director Brad Bird’s first live-action film. Ghost Protocol was written by André Nemec and Josh Appelbaum, and produced by Cruise, J. J. Abrams (director of the third film) and Bryan Burk. It is the first Mission: Impossible film not produced by Paula Wagner, and the first of the series to be partially filmed using IMAX cameras.