As you may have noticed, 'Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked' arrived in theaters today with eyes toward grossing enough cash to fund a small island country. The third installment in the kiddie franchise will push the global earnings of Alvin, Simon and Theodore over $1 billion -- this despite near unanimous trashing from film critics over the last four years. Does 'Chipwrecked' do enough things right to make critics forgive the previous two films? Hardly! With just a 10 percent Fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes, 'Chipwrecked' isn't just one of the worst-reviewed films of 2011, it's the worst reviewed film in the franchise. (Which is saying something: 'Alvin and the Chipmunks' was at 26 percent, while 'Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel' was at 21 percent.) Who accounted for the positive notices this time around? Joe Neumaier, Lisa Giles-Keddle, David Ehrlich (despite his review being clearly negative; nice one, RT), Kerry Lengel and Graham Young.

Wrote Neumaier in the New York Daily News: "Either the 'Alvin and the Chipmunks' movies are getting better, or I've accidentally buried my brain for the winter. [...] The third entry in the franchise -- 'Chip-Wrecked' -- is, dare I say, the charm."

Echoed Graham Young: "Never underestimate the power of little squeaky things."

Yes, never underestimate that.

'Chipwrecked' is out in theaters now. For more on the earning power of 'Alvin and the Chipmunks,' check out Moviefone's handy 'Alvin' earnings guide by clicking here.

[via RT]

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