Warner Bros said today that Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows has surpassed $529 million in global box office. That surpasses the $524.4 million taken in by the first film in the franchise, 2009′s Sherlock Holmes. Not that the studio and Village Roadshow needs justification for a third pic in the series — Sherlock Holmes 3 already has set Drew Pearce (Iron Man 3) to pen the next installment that will bring back Robert Downey Jr and Jude Law for Guy Ritchie to direct. Game Of Shadows this past weekend upped its cumes to $186.7 million domestic and $324.3 million overseas. “Our successful box office continues to prove the appeal of Sherlock Holmes, especially in the hands of guy Ritchie and his amazing cast, led by Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law,” Warners domestic distribution president Dan Fellman said. “The film had outstanding results throughout the holidays and continued to gain traction well into 2012.”
Sherlock Holmes is in the midst of a serious career revival in Hollywood. Aside from the film franchise, the BBC’s ripping-good modern adaptation Sherlock starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman in the Holmes and Watson roles has been commissioned for a third season (it airs on PBS in the U.S.). Also, CBS greenlighted its own modern adaptation as a pilot written by Robert Doherty and starring Jonny Lee Miller as Holmes and Lucy Liu as Watson. That one envisions Holmes as a former consultant to Scotland Yard whose addiction problems led him to a rehab center in New York City. The detective now lives in Brooklyn consulting for the NYPD with “sober companion” Joan Watson, a former surgeon who lost her license after a patient died. That Liu casting has generated plenty of comments among Deadline’s faithful.