Starring Robert Downey Jr. as the titular detective and Law as his associate Watson, Sherlock Holmes closed with just over $209 million. Its run began Dec. 25, where its $24.6 million opening day set the record for the highest-grossing Christmas Day ever. By the end of the weekend, Holmes was up to $62.3 million, though that wasn't quite enough to knock Avatar out of the top spot. In fact, Sherlock Holmes never reached No. 1 on any weekend, making it the all-time fourth-highest grossing bridesmaid, behind My Big Fat Greek Wedding ($241.4 million), Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel ($219.6 million) and Alvin and the Chipmunks ($217.3 million).
Sherlock Holmes's $209 million was good for tenth place among 2009 releases and 92nd on the all-time chart. Add in more than $300 million overseas, and Sherlock Holmes places 70th on the all-time worldwide list. Sherlock Holmes is also a career best for Law and director Guy Ritchie, while coming in second place on Downey, Jr.'s list behind the first Iron Man.
While Downey, Jr.'s follow-up to Sherlock Holmes, Iron Man 2, is all but assured to be a box office smash, Law's next feature was a major step in the wrong direction. Repo Men, featuring Law and Forest Whitaker, closed Thursday, April 22 with $13.8 million, or a little over half what Sherlock Holmes made on its opening day alone. While high-concept futuristic thrillers rarely find substantial audiences, Repo Men even managed to underperform compared to similar movies Paycheck ($53.8 million), The Island ($35.8 million) and Children of Men ($35.5 million). This was also distributor Universal Pictures' fourth consecutive misfire in 2010, following Leap Year ($25.9 million), The Wolfman ($62 million) and Green Zone ($35 million).
The Young Victoria also completed its run last Thursday, April 29. After 133 days in limited release, the period drama bowed out with just over $11 million.
Opening Weekend Reports
• Sherlock Holmes
• Repo Men
Previous End-of-Run Reports
• 'Up in the Air,' 'When in Rome' Grounded
• 'Edge' Goes Dark, 'Mr. Fox' Stopped
• 'New Moon' Sets, 'Wolfman' Leashed
• 2009 Grosses
• 2010 Grosses