Jan. 27, 2010 | 2:22 a.m.
“Sherlock Holmes” played second fiddle to the aliens of “Avatar” at the box office, but the Victorian Age sleuth just beat out another extraterrestrial — director Guy Ritchie has set aside the planned “Lobo” film to clear his schedule for a fast-tracked “Holmes” sequel, according to producer Joel Silver. “Holmes” has pulled in $389 million in worldwide box office since its Christmas Day release and looks to add to that with overseas releases still pending in Germany, Japan, France and several other markets. The role of the famed literary detective also just earned Robert Downey Jr. a surprise Golden Globe, suggesting that the actor might still be in play for an Oscar nomination next week. Silver is a producer of “Holmes” as well as “Lobo,” which would adapt the ultra-violent antihero from the pages of DC Comics. Ritchie, who burst on the scene with “Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels” […]