Weekend Box-Office: February 19-21, 2010


Scorsese beats 'em all...!!!

The Scorsese/DiCaprio money-train keeps on chugging along as their 4th collaboration together, SHUTTER ISLAND, scores them their best opening yet, with $40M and a 1st place finish! Scorsese's previous biggest opening was THE DEPARTED back in 2006 with $27M, which also starred DiCaprio. Leo's previous biggie was $30M for CATCH ME IF YOU CAN, back in 2002, for another awesome director named Steven Spielberg. Maybe you've heard of him? (we miss you, Steven!) SHUTTER ISLAND was supposed to be released last October for Oscar consideration, but the studio moved it to February of this year instead, and it seems to have paid off. The film apparently cost about $75 to make.

Despite not finishing in the top 10, Roman Polanski's THE GHOST WRITER finished in 28th place with $179,000, but that was in only 4 theaters, giving it one of the largest per-theater averages of the entire weekend ($45,000). In contrast, SHUTTER ISLAND had a per-theater average of about $13,000. It will be interesting to see how that film fares when released in more theaters.

As for last week's 3 big releases, it seems as though PERCY JACKSON might have the greatest legs, as it only lost 51% of its audience from last weekend, while VALENTINE'S DAY dropped a massive 70% with THE WOLFMAN right behind it with a 69% drop. With a budget of close to $150M, the WOLFMAN has managed only $50M so far, and doesn't appear to be a success at this point. VALENTINE'S DAY, on the other hand, only cost about $50M and has already made a profit, with its total closing in on the $90M mark.

Of course, we couldn't discuss the box-office figures without talking about AVATAR again, as the film moved back up from 4th to 3rd place (and almost 2nd) with another $16M added to its mounting total. The film is currently sitting at $687M domestically and $2.4B worldwide (and unless you've been living under a rock, the biggest movie of all-time!). The rest of the top 10 didn't have anything special going on, and the one film to drop out of the ten spot this week was WHEN IN ROME, while hovering around the $29M mark overall.

Next week sees the big-budget debut of writer/director Kevin Smith, famous for indie flicks which he'd written himself like CLERKS, DOGMA, CHASING AMY and ZACK AND MIRI MAKE A PORNO, as he helms a buddy-cop movie entitled COP OUT starring Bruce Willis and Tracy Morgan. The other film opening next week is THE CRAZIES starring Timothy Olyphant, Radha Mitchell and Courtney Love (joke!). But more importantly, how much $$$ do you think Kevin Smith's COP OUT will make during its entire theatrical run? VOTE HERE!!!

1. Shutter Island $ 40.2 Million
2. Valentine's Day $ 17.2 Million $ 87.4 Million
3. Avatar $ 16.1 Million $ 687.8 Million
4. Percy Jackson &... $ 15.3 Million $ 58.8 Million
5. The Wolfman $ 9.8 Million $ 50.3 Million
6. Dear John $ 7.3 Million $ 65.9 Million
7. Tooth Fairy $ 4.5 Million $ 49.9 Million
8. Crazy Heart $ 3 Million $ 21.6 Million
9. From Paris with Love $ 2.5 Million $ 21.2 Million
10. Edge of Darkness $ 2.2 Million $ 40.3 Million




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