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Weekend Box-Office: February 26-28, 2010

02.28.2010


WEEKEND BOX-OFFICE

Marty and "the cap" continue to lead...

Sorry for the delay posting today's box-office figures, folks! I'm Canadian so I just had to watch the Olympics hockey final game between the USA and CANADA this afternoon and what a game it was! Congrats to the Americanos for tying that shit up with less than 1 minute left in the competition, but kudos to Team Canada, and Sidney Crosby in particular, for scoring the goal in overtime which gave Canada the gold medal! (not to mention, Canada now holds the record for most gold medals at any one winter Olympics...ever!) Had to get that out of the way since all of Canada is currently knee-deep in beer, tears and more beer!

As for the box-office, Marty Scorsese's SHUTTER ISLAND held on to the top spot for the 2nd week in a row, despite solid showings from both Kevin Smith's first endeavor into "action comedies" with COP OUT finishing in second place with close to $19M, and the surprising THE CRAZIES scoring about $17M and landing into the third spot on the list. AVATAR continued its record-breaking ways in fourth place, with another $14M added to its total, although it might finally start slowing down next week as Tim Burton's ALICE IN WONDERLAND takes over many of the 3D theaters in which AVATAR has been crushing records over the past few months.

The film which lost the greatest amount of its audience from last weekend in the top 10 was THE WOLFMAN, which has been dropping like a hooker at an Amway convention, since it opened three weeks ago. The film opened strong with $31M a couple of weeks ago, but it's been going downhill since then, and has only made $57M domestically (it reportedly cost about $150M). The film that lost the least amount of its audience since last weekend? AVATAR. Natch.

The two films to get booted from the top 10 this weekend include EDGE OF DARKNESS ($42M) and FROM PARIS WITH LOVE ($23M). It's to note that THE F*CKIN' BLIND SIDE is still hanging around the top 10 in 11th spot this week, bringing its overall total to $249M since its release back in November! Imagine if it wins an Oscar next week...wow. And speaking of which, it'll be interesting to see how all films are affected by the Academy Awards, which are taking place next Sunday, March 7th.

Next week also sees the release of ALICE IN WONDERLAND, the Tim Burton version, starring Johnny Depp, Anne Hathaway and a ton of CGI elements. And opening in less than half the theaters as ALICE, Antoine Fuqua's BROOKLYN'S FINEST re-teams the director with his TRAINING DAY co-star Ethan Hawke, along with Dick Gere, Don Cheadle and Wesley Snipes. Yeah, that wasn't a typo...that's Wesley Snipes in a theatrical release! Nice to see the dude back, although hopefully he's chilled out a little since his 'douchebag days' on sets. This week's question asks readers how much $$$ they think ALICE IN WONDERLAND will open with next weekend? VOTE HERE!!!

1. Shutter Island $ 22.2 Million $ 75.1 Million
2. Cop Out $ 18.6 Million
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3. The Crazies $ 16.5 Million
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4. Avatar $ 14 Million $ 706.9 Million
5. Percy Jackson &... $ 9.8 Million $ 71.2 Million
6. Valentine's Day $ 9.5 Million $ 100.4 Million
7. Dear John $ 5 Million $ 72.6 Million
8. The Wolfman $ 4.1 Million $ 57.2 Million
9. Tooth Fairy $ 3.5 Million $ 53.9 Million
10. Crazy Heart $ 2.5 Million $ 25.1 Million

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