‘Sherlock Holmes’ box office sparks sequel talk
By SEAN O’CONNELL
Lost in the hoopla over “Avatar’s” staggering box office is the quiet success of Guy Ritchie’s “Sherlock Holmes.” Based on weekend estimates posted by Box Office Mojo, the literary franchise reboot has taken in $204.3 million at the domestic box (on top of an additional $203 million overseas), making it one of only 10 films release in 2009 to cross the $.200 million mark.
For most of the talent involved, this shatters previous records. Ritchie’s highest grossing film before “Sherlock” was “Snatch.” It earned $30 million. Jude Law, who plays the esteemed Dr. Watson, was part of the $118-million-grossing “Lemony Snicket” … as the narrator. As for Holmes himself, Robert Downey Jr. has only one film that has outgrossed “Sherlock,” and that’s Jon Favreau’s “Iron Man.” Expect this summer’s “Iron” sequel to top both “Holmes” and the original “Iron” adventure.
Speaking of sequels, talk of a “Sherlock” second act has circulated. The Hollywood Reporter recently wrote that Brad Pitt – who worked with Ritchie on “Snatch,” has “had discussions” about playing Moriarty in the next film. But on the L.A. Times’ blog, “Holmes” producer Joel Silver was quoted as saying, “Well, I mean, we talked about that at one point, but you know as of right now we’re not sure what we’re going to do. We’ll see what happens.”
We certainly will.