Jude Law, as Dr. John Watson, and Robert Downey Jr., as Sherlock Holmes are shown in a scene from "Sherlock Holmes: A Game Of Shadows." (Daniel Smith/Warner Bros.)

Numbers were considerably lower than expected, however, with “Sherlock Holmes” taking home only $40 million compared to the $62.3 million made in the opening weekend of the first installment two years ago.

What other movies brought filmgoers out to theaters this weekend? “Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked” came in second, with $23.5 million. And Tom Cruise has rekindled the “Mission Impossible” franchise; “Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol” came in third at the box office, despite the fact that it was only playing at select Imax theaters. Here are the rest of the weekend’s box office numbers:

1. “Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows,” $40 million

2. “Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked,” $23.5 million

3. “Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol,” $13 million

4. “New Year’s Eve,” $7.4 million

5. “The Sitter,” $4.4 million

6. “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn,” $4.3 million

7. “Young Adult,” $3.6 million

8. “Hugo,” $3.6 million

9. “Arthur Christmas,” $3.6 million

10. “The Muppets,” $3.5 million