SHERLOCK HOLMES: A GAME OF SHADOWS Blu-ray Review

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There are so many versions of Sherlock Holmes that having “the Robert Downey Jr. one” in the mix only adds a different flavor to the character. His version is more of an action hero than problem solver (though there’s much of that too), and the latest adventure Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows – directed by Guy Richie and co-starring Jude Law as Dr. Watson – is entertaining enough, and it ends well. But it feels a little routine. If the first film was clever and had more of a sense of discovery, this is just more of the same. Our review of the Blu-ray follows after the jump.

Friday Box Office – CONTRABAND Grabs Number One with $8.7 Million; BEAUTY AND THE BEAST 3D Second

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If 2011 closed as a bit of a downer, 2012 continues to surprise with its robust (early) box office performances.  Last week Paramount’s The Devil Inside caught most of us off-guard with its big number one finish; this weekend it was Universal’s turn with Contraband.  The R-rated thriller earned an estimated $8.7 million from 2,863 locations on Friday – a first place debut that puts it on track for a weekend 25% higher than expected.  In second place, Disney’s 3D reissue of Beauty and the Beast took in $5.6 million from 2,625 venues and should reach $23 million by the end of the four-day MLK Holiday weekend.  Warner Brothers’ Joyful Noise was the final new title of the weekend, not counting TWC’s The Iron Lady which expanded into 802 theatres and finished Friday in eighth-place.  Noise earned $3.3 million from its 2,863 locations for a third-place tie with Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol.  Rounding out the top five, The Devil Inside was down a giant 87% from its debut.  With the film’s awful reviews, expect it to relinquish its current slot to Sherlock Holmes 2 by Sunday. Details and analysis tomorrow.

Title Friday Total
1 Contraband $8,700,000 $8.7
2 Beauty & the Beast 3D $5,600,000 $5.6
3 Joyful Noise $3,300,000 $3.3
4 Mission: Impossible 4 $3,300,000 $178.5
5 The Devil Inside $2,700,000 $41

Weekend Box Office – THE DEVIL INSIDE Wins Big with $34.5 Million Despite Harsh Negative Reaction

by     Posted 2 years, 197 days ago

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We’ve got a very interesting case at the box office this weekend. Paramount’s horror pic The Devil Inside definitively won the weekend with a big $34.5 million take, but reaction to the film from both critics and audiences has been extremely negative. Not only does it sit at 7% on Rotten Tomatoes, but the film earned an “F” CinemaScore, which gauges how the film plays with general audiences. It’s already becoming infamous for a horrendous ending, but audiences turned up in droves making the little $1 million horror movie a bona fide hit. Hit the jump for more.

Title Weekend Total
1 The Devil Inside $34,500,000 $34,500,000
2 Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol $20,500,000 $170,200,000
3 Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows $14,100,000 $157,400,000
4 The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo $11,400,000 $76,800,000
5 Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked $9,500,000 $111,600,000
6 War Horse $8,600,000 $56,800,000
7 We Bought a Zoo $8,500,000 $56,400,000
8 The Adventures of Tintin $6,600,000 $61,900,000
9 Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy $5,800,000 $10,400,000
10 New Year’s Eve $3,300,000 $52,000,000

Friday Box Office – THE DEVIL INSIDE Is the First Hit of 2012 with $16.9 Million Opening Day

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The Devil Inside is a critical punching bag, but Paramount knew what they were doing with the marketing with this cheap $1 million acquisition.  The horror movie grossed $16.9 million opening day on its way to a potential $30 million weekend.  The Devil Inside has already become infamous for a terrible ending, so it’s unlikely this will hold up over the coming weeks, but a great start might be enough for the low-budget effort.  The top 5 is rounded out by the big holiday movies, with Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol and Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows leading the charge.  The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo continues to find an audience three weeks into its run—it may yet hit the $100 million mark.  War Horse came in at #5 while passing $50 million.

Title Friday Total
1 The Devil Inside $16,850,000 $16.9
2 Mission: Impossible 4 $6,213,000 $155.9
3 Sherlock Holmes 2 $4,285,000 $147.6
4 The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo $3,500,000 $69.0
5 War Horse $2,606,000 $50.8
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Friday Box Office – MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE – GHOST PROTOCOL Stays Ahead of Holiday Competition

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With three days before Hollywood’s jam-packed holiday season comes to a close, and with no major new studio releases, last week’s holdovers got a chance to stretch their legs on Friday.  After dominating the charts since it went wide ten days ago, Paramount’s Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol was yesterday’s winner with an estimated $10.7 million. This season’s all-purpose hit passed the $100 million mark on Thursday and is projected to take in another $35 million by the end of the four-day weekend.  Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows also hit $100 million (on Wednesday). Although the WB sequel was pushed into third by Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked on Wednesday and Thursday, Sherlock 2 should finish the holiday frame back in second place with $30 million to Alvin 3’s $25. As expected, each of the top five films saw a significant spike in earnings over last Friday; with the most impressive gain made by Fox’s We Bought a Zoo which rose 40% above its December 23rd debut.  Just missing the top five, War Horse lost some momentum after its strong showing on Christmas Day.  The Disney/Dreamworks pic is projected to post $18 million through Monday – just ahead of director Steven Spielberg’s second holiday release: The Adventures of Tintin.  Check back for details and analysis.

Title Friday Total
1 Mission: Impossible 4 $10,700,000 $113.5
2 Sherlock Holmes 2 $7,650,000 $117.6
3 Alvin and the Chipmunks 3 $7,125,000 $83.4
4 The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo $5,350,000 $46.1
5 We Bought a Zoo $4,900,000 $33.3

 

Holiday Box Office – MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE – GHOST PROTOCOL Leads; WAR HORSE Opens Stronger Than Expected

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Because of the unique release pattern of this year’s holiday offerings, we are posting the weekend box office numbers one day later than usual.  Yesterday’s estimates for the three-day period did not include War Horse, which needed only one day in theatres to earn almost as much as We Bought a Zoo did in three.  Please note that the chart below includes separate estimates for Friday-Monday that are NOT in the same order.  I just couldn’t come up with a better way to present what has turned out to be a very confusing Christmas at the box office.

Title Weekend 4-Day Total
1 Mission: Impossible 4 $26,535,000 $46.2 $78.6
2 Sherlock Holmes 2 $17,800,000 $31.8 $90.6
3 Alvin and the Chipmunks 3 $13,325,000 $20 $56.9
4 The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo $13,000,000 $19.4 $27.7
5 Adventures of Tintin $9,125,000 $16.1 $24.1
6 We Bought a Zoo $7,800,000 $15.6 $
7 War Horse $7,500,000 $15 $15
8 New Year’s Eve $3,005,000 $5 $34.2
9 Arthur Christmas $2,600,000 $2.7 $44.1
10 The Darkest Hour $2,500,000 $5.5 $5.5

Friday Box Office – MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE – GHOST PROTOCOL Continues To Haunt Top Spot; WE BOUGHT A ZOO Sees Modest Start

by     Posted 2 years, 212 days ago

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Welcome to one of the most crowded (and confusing) holiday box office races you are likely to encounter.  Along with last weekend’s big name holdovers, Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows and Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked, six films will have opened wide or expanded within a five day span… or six days if you count films like The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo which opened in some locations on Tuesday night.  Adding to the box office clusterf&c%, only one of the six titles opened on Friday while two will open on Sunday: throwing off the whole ‘three-day weekend’ model that keeps people like me employed.  Fox’s We Bought a Zoo was Friday’s lone new release, opening to an estimated $3 million from 3,117 locations – not quite enough to push it into the daily top five.  At number one since Wednesday, Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol is on track to win the weekend with around $35 million – higher than was originally expected.  We’ll try to make sense of all of the Christmas-chaos after the dust settles but, until then, why not take in a movie?  I don’t think the excuse “there’s nothing to see” is going to hold up this year.

Title Friday Total
1 M:I – Ghost Protocol $9,700,000 $42.2
2 Sherlock Holmes 2 $6,400,000 $65.5
3 Alvin and the Chipmunks 3 $5,400,000 $42.3
4 Girl with the Dragon Tattoo $4,600,000 $12.9
5 The Adventures of Tintin $3,500,000 $11.5

Box Office – GHOST PROTOCOL Climbs to First; GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO a Distant Second

by     Posted 2 years, 214 days ago

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‘Twas the Wednesday before Christmas, but before I get going, I’ll end this rhyme so it doesn’t start blowing.  That’s right, we have arrived at that fabled time of year when Hollywood finally unwraps some of its most-anticipated titles.  After its IMAX triumph last weekend, Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol went wide on Wednesday and quickly vaulted over both Sherlock Holmes 2 and Alvin and the Chipmunks 3 to claim first place with $8.6 million.  M:I 4 also topped David Fincher’s much-hyped version of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, which snuck into theatres a day ahead of its official December 21st release date.  From 2,914 locations, Dragon Tattoo has earned an estimated $5.1 million so far – just slightly behind what True Grit saw on its pre-Christmas debut one year ago.  Rounding out yesterday’s top five was Steven Spielberg’s The Adventures of Tintin.  One of Spielberg’s two end-of-year offerings (War Horse arrives on December 25th), Tintin earned a relatively-soft $2.3 million from 3,087 domestic theatres, but a giant $240 million internationally.  With Christmas falling on a Sunday, this weekend’s totals are not expected to equal 2010 (when Little Fockers reigned), but we’ll keep you updated either way.

Title Wednesday Total
1 Mission Impossible 4 $8,600,000 $25.7
2 Girl with the Dragon Tattoo $3,500,000 $5.1
3 Sherlock Holmes 2 $4,284,000 $54
4 Alvin and the Chipmunks 3 $3,510,000 $32.9
5 Adventures of Tintin $2,300,000 $2.3

Weekend Box Office – SHERLOCK HOLMES: A GAME OF SHADOWS Leads with $40 Million; ALVIN 3 Gets CHIPWRECKED; MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE 4 Starts Strong

by     Posted 2 years, 218 days ago

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Looks like holiday cheer was not enough to pull the box office out of its recent slump.  Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows came out on top with $40 million from 3,703 locations while Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked claimed second with $23.5 million from 3,723.  Needless to say, neither sequel was able to meet the expectations their predecessors set on Christmas weekend back in 2009.  Meanwhile, Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, took in $13 million from just 425 locations – making Tom Cruise the big winner of this weekend’s box office derby.  It’s like a little Christmas miracle.

Title Weekend Total
1 Sherlock Holmes 2 $40,020,000 $40
2 Alvin & the Chipmunks 3 $23,500,000 $23.5
3 Mission: Impossible 4 $13,000,000 $13
4 New Year’s Eve $7,420,000 $24.8
5 The Sitter $4,400,000 $17.7
6 Breaking Dawn Part 1 $4,300,000 $266.4
7 Young Adult $3,650,000 $4
8 Hugo $3,625,000 $39
9 Arthur Christmas $3,600,000 $38.5
10 The Muppets $3,454,000 $70.9

Friday Box Office – SHERLOCK 2 On Top; ALVIN 3 Struggles and MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE – GHOST PROTOCOL Shines

by     Posted 2 years, 219 days ago

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After estimates became hard digits on Monday, last weekend’s domestic box office wound up with the lowest overall total of 2011… and 2010 and 2009, too.  That doesn’t bode well entering this sequel-stuffed Christmas season.  As expected, Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows took first place on Friday with an estimated $14.7 million from 3,703 locations.  But with a midnight debut of just $1.25 million, Warner Brothers has had to modify expectations for their sequel.  Instead of coming in just under the original’s $62.3 million, Sherlock 2 may have to settle for a first weekend in the mid-$40’s.  In second place, Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked is also proving to be somewhat less impressive than its forebears with $6.8 million from 3,723 venues.  Part three of the ridiculously-successful CGI series is expected to bring in $25 million by Sunday. The bright spot in Friday’s constellation of sequels belongs to Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol. MI:3 proved to be something of a disappointment, inspiring Paramount to give the latest installment a platformed release beginning Friday.  From 425 locations, Ghost Protocol estimated $4.1 million for Friday’s best per-screen average, by far.  Details and analysis tomorrow.

Title Friday Total
1 Sherlock Holmes 2 $14,700,000 $14.7
2 Alvin $ the Chipmunks 3 $6,800,000 $6.8
3 Mission Impossible 4 $4,110,000 $4.1
4 New Year’s Eve $2,530,000 $19.9
5 The Sitter $1,435,000 $14.7

 

Screenwriters Kieran and Michele Mulroney Talk SHERLOCK HOLMES: A GAME OF SHADOWS, THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME, and MATCHED

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Kieran and Michele Mulroney are the husband and wife writing team behind Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows. Tackling the task of writing a sequel and making it more compelling than the original was a challenge, but one that they had a lot of fun with.

During this exclusive interview with Collider, Kieran and Michele Mulroney talked about the challenges that come with writing a sequel when you didn’t write the first film, the changes that were made throughout the process of developing the story, how they came up with the backstory for Moriarty, even though they decided to cut it out of the script, and getting to use efficient warfare and more modern weapons. They also talked about currently working on adapting the Victor Hugo classic, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, with Josh Brolin attached to star and produce, wanting to remain faithful to the story while doing some new things with the character of Quasimodo, and also adapting the young adult novel Matched, which is set in the future. Check out what they had to say after the jump:

TOP 5: SHERLOCK HOLMES: A GAME OF SHADOWS Interviews, THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN, The Crazy Week in Trailers, Golden Globe Nods, BRIDESMAIDS’ Awards Season Chances

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Admittedly, I have fallen off of the beaten path with regards to checking out awards season contenders in the theaters this year. That said, I’m hoping to begin turning all of that around this afternoon as a matinee of director Jason Reitman’s Young Adult is currently on my Saturday itinerary. While I can’t claim to be a huge Diablo Cody fan (I tend to think her characters all sound the same…as in, exactly like Diablo Cody), I’m almost always happy with Reitman’s work. Moreover, Charlize Theron looks to be in rare comedic form (an arena she doesn’t always find herself in, but one she undoubtedly has the chops to pull off). All in all, here’s to hoping that my Young Adult screening is just the tip of my awards season iceberg. In the meantime…

…In this week’s “Top 5″ installment, you’ll find a slew of interviews for Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, a number of new assets from director Marc Webb’s The Amazing Spider-Man, a recap of this crazy week in trailers, a rundown of the 69th Annual Golden Globes nods, and a light musing regarding Bridesmaids‘ awards season chances. Hit the jump for a brief recap and link to each of the above.

Jared Harris Talks SHERLOCK HOLMES: A GAME OF SHADOWS, MAD MEN, and Steven Spielberg’s LINCOLN

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In Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, actor Jared Harris plays iconic villain Moriarty, with the perfect blend of menace and charm. He is the intellectual equal of the world’s most famous detective, Sherlock Holmes (Robert Downey, Jr.), but without a moral compass, allowing his capacity for evil to be endless.

During this exclusive interview at the film’s press junket, Jared Harris talked about how he ended up playing Moriarty, how daunting it is to play a genius criminal mastermind, the importance of keeping the character’s motives mysterious and unexplained, that he loves  a good fight scene, and how he’d love to revisit the role, if they ask him back for another film. He also talked about taking on the historical figure Ulysses S. Grant for Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln, working with Daniel Day Lewis, who stays in character throughout the shoot, currently filming the next season of Mad Men, and his return to Fringe. Check out what he had to say after the jump:

SHERLOCK HOLMES: A GAME OF SHADOWS Review

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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.

Noomi Rapace Talks SHERLOCK HOLMES: A GAME OF SHADOWS, PROMETHEUS, and DEAD MAN DOWN

by     Posted 2 years, 222 days ago

After well-earned global acclaim for her riveting portrayal of Lisbeth Salander in the original film adaptations of Stieg Larsson’s best-selling Millennium Trilogy (which includes The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo), Swedish actress Noomi Rapace set her sights on Hollywood. In her first English-speaking role (she learned how to speak the language only three years ago), she plays Sim, the mysterious Gypsy who allies with Sherlock Holmes (Robert Downey Jr.) and Dr. Watson (Jude Law) in their quest to stop Moriarty (Jared Harris), in Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (opening on December 16th).

At the film’s press junket, Collider spoke to Noomi Rapace, in both a press conference and a 1-on-1 interview, about being one of the newcomers to the Sherlock Holmes franchise, working with director Guy Ritchie, how the emotional scenes are more difficult for her than the physical ones, and how she would love to revisit the character, if she were asked back for another film. She also talked about her transition to American movies, working with Ridley Scott on the 2012 summer blockbuster Prometheus, which she recently gotten to see some of while doing ADR in London, re-teaming with her Dragon Tattoo director, Niels Arden Oplev, for Dead Man Down (starring Colin Farrell), possibly working with Brian DePalma on Passion, and that it’s looking like The Last Voyage of Demeter is not going to work out. Check out what she had to say after the jump:

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