Sherlock Holmes: A Game Of Shadows will soar past $200m this weekend for Warner Bros with debuts set for Brazil and China - but it could face strong challenges from Fox’s alien invasion thriller The Darkest Hour and Sony’s Dragon Tattoo remake.

Warner Bros’ New Year’s Eve on $82m opens in Russia while J. Edgar is in its infancy outside North America and stands at $6.5m.

Paramount’s Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol has crossed $300m and stands at $301.1m through PPI, while DreamWorks Animation’s Puss In Boots is on $315.8m and strides into South Korea. Hugo has taken an early $5.7m and arrives in Australia and New Zealand.

Universal launches the Mark Wahlberg thriller Contraband day-and-date with North America in seven markets through UPI including Russia and Singapore. Intruders steps into France.

Fox International’s The Darkest Hour has grossed an early $17.4m and opens in around 27 territories including the UK, Mexico, France, Brazil, Spain, Argentina and Hong Kong.

Alvin 3 stands at $131.4m and We Bought A Zoo has grossed $13.6m so far. The Descendants opens in Australia.

Sony Pictures Releasing International’s The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo arrives in around 12 territories including Germany, Spain, Australia and South Korea. Arthur Christmas opens in India.