Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows enjoys Australian summer’s biggest opening weekend

Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows - Robert Downey Jr in drag

Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows poster (International)Roadshow reports that Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, Guy Ritchie’s sequel to his 2009 reworking of  Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s classic detective stories, has not only topped the box office but also earned the biggest four-day figure of the summer.

Grossing $6.4million from Thursday to Sunday, the sequel to director Guy Ritchie’s 2009 smash-hit opened in 255 cinemas nationally. It was the only film to open last week, but the figure presumably includes all of the Boxing Day titles that flooded Australian cinemas only a few weeks ago.

Roadshow Films Director of Marketing, Phil Oneile said: “The film’s strong opening weekend figures show Australian audiences clearly have a soft spot for Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s much-loved characters. We are thrilled with the response so far and anticipate the film’s success to grow throughout the school holidays.”

On the eve of Dr. Watson’s (Jude Law) wedding, a series of bombings rock London. Holmes (Robert Downey Jr) determines that the ostensibly respectable Prof. James Moriarty (Jared Harris) is behind them, and is a criminal mastermind the likes of which the world has never seen. After events take a turn for the worse with Holmes’ special friend Irene Adler (Rachel McAdams), Holmes traces a letter back to the gypsy Simza (Noomi Rapace), and the game is once again afoot.

Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows was released in Australia on 5 January 2012 from Roadshow Films.