Mystery movie Sherlock Holmes: A Game Of Shadows has been crowned king of the U.S. box office after raking in $40 million (£25 million) at the weekend (16-18Dec11).
The Jude Law and Robert Downey, Jr. detective film premiered at the top spot, ahead of animated family film Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked at two with takings of $23.5 million (£14.7 million) and Tom Cruise's highly-anticipated Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol, which debuted at three with earnings of $13 million (£8.1 million).
Former number one New Year's Eve fell to number four ($7.4 million/£4.6 million), while Jonah Hill's comedy The Sitter dropped three slots to number five ($4.4 million/£2.8 million).