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Weekend Box-Office: February 19-21, 2010

02.21.2010


WEEKEND BOX-OFFICE

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
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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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10:45AM on 02/22/2010
Yeah, Shutter Island was awesome.
Yeah, Shutter Island was awesome.
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10:15AM on 02/22/2010
shutter island was a great movie, go leo.
shutter island was a great movie, go leo.
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5:02AM on 02/22/2010
Great for Scorsese! The masses are finally tuning into some good shit for once.

Am I the only one who thinks DiCaprio looks like a Rabbi in that picture? Looks like he's dreading having to perform a briss.
Great for Scorsese! The masses are finally tuning into some good shit for once.

Am I the only one who thinks DiCaprio looks like a Rabbi in that picture? Looks like he's dreading having to perform a briss.
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10:16PM on 02/21/2010
Just got back from Shutter Island. More than solid. I will be thinking about this film all damn week now. Can't wait to see it again!!
Just got back from Shutter Island. More than solid. I will be thinking about this film all damn week now. Can't wait to see it again!!
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10:08PM on 02/21/2010
Shutter Island was amazing, well worth the wait.

And OT but: fuck you Ryan Miller.
Shutter Island was amazing, well worth the wait.

And OT but: fuck you Ryan Miller.
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9:04PM on 02/21/2010

wheres My Pizza Rolls

Godamn pizza rolls
Godamn pizza rolls
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9:10PM on 02/21/2010
You're hilarious.
You're hilarious.
8:54PM on 02/21/2010
I can't wait to see this film. Scorcese's legacy in film can be measured by the size of his eyebrows.
I can't wait to see this film. Scorcese's legacy in film can be measured by the size of his eyebrows.
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6:38PM on 02/21/2010
Good for Leo & Scorcese, the previews for Shutter Island were very creepy, can't wait to go see it. The Wolfman was ok for what it was, but obviously not meant to be the huge hit it was.
Good for Leo & Scorcese, the previews for Shutter Island were very creepy, can't wait to go see it. The Wolfman was ok for what it was, but obviously not meant to be the huge hit it was.
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5:58PM on 02/21/2010
Success for Shutter Island and still for Avatar!
Success for Shutter Island and still for Avatar!
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5:53PM on 02/21/2010
I just wanna puke every time I see a new Romantic Comedy or a kiddie Animation /CGI flick being released these days.
I just wanna puke every time I see a new Romantic Comedy or a kiddie Animation /CGI flick being released these days.
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10:41PM on 02/21/2010
You must be single.
You must be single.
5:11PM on 02/21/2010

Good for...

Marty and Leo. They make a great team and deserve all the credit they get. Hopefully they make a lot more movies with each other in the future. So far all of their movies have been hits. Wish The Wolfman was doing a little bit better...a really good movie
Marty and Leo. They make a great team and deserve all the credit they get. Hopefully they make a lot more movies with each other in the future. So far all of their movies have been hits. Wish The Wolfman was doing a little bit better...a really good movie
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3:28PM on 02/21/2010
Who said The Wolfman would finish 2nd this week ? Some people dont understand box-office numbers at all. Im glad Shutter Island made this much, I expected a little less. Good film though.
Who said The Wolfman would finish 2nd this week ? Some people dont understand box-office numbers at all. Im glad Shutter Island made this much, I expected a little less. Good film though.
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