January 21, 2017

‘Sherlock Holmes’ box office sparks sequel talk

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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.

About Sean O'Connell

Sean O'Connell is a nationally recognized film critic. His reviews have been published in print ('The Washington Post,' 'USA Today') and online (AMC FilmCritic.com, MSN's Citysearch) since 1996. He's a weekly contributor to several national radio programs. He is a longstanding member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA), the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS), and the Southeastern Film Critics View all articles by Sean O'Connell Association (SEFCA).

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