Box Office: 'Shutter Island' gets the last laugh over 'Cop Out'
Proving that Thursday and Friday's massive Northeast snowstorm put a major damper on moviegoing, the box office had a strong rebound on Saturday bringing some smiles to the distributors of newcomers "Cop Out" and "The Crazies."
Paramount Pictures' "Shutter Island" still held on to the top spot with $22 million, only dropping 45% from its opening weekend, but close behind it was the Bruce Willis and Tracy Morgan comedy "Cop Out" with $18.5 million. The Kevin Smith flick had a larger than expected 30% jump from Friday to Saturday (no doubt because the weather improved) and is now well on its way to recouping its reported $30 million budget. "Shutter," on the other hand, has a new cume of $75 million and is within reach of hitting $100 million domestically. That would be the third Scorsese and DiCaprio collaboration to hit that mark in a row.
Also showing strength was the horror flick "The Crazies." The picture also had an unexpected Friday to Saturday jump (although only 6%), but distributor Overture Films was "delighted" at the results. With $16.5 million so far, the picture should easily recoup its $20 million budget. It's also the second solid hit in a row for the troubled studio after last October's "Law Abiding Citizen."
In fourth place, "Avatar" made history becoming the first film to gross over $700 million with a new cume of $706.9 million. For more on this achievement, click here.
Fifth place belonged to "Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief" which sneaked by "Valentine's Day" for the honor. The family friendly flick grossed another $9.8 million for a new total of $71 million. "Valentine's Day" romanced an estimated $9.5 million to hit $100.3 million to date.
In limited release, "The Ghost Writer" continued to impress. Jumping to 43 screens, the Roman Polanski thriller cracked the top 20 and made $870,000 for a potent $20,233 average. To date, the Berlin Film Festival winner has no made $1.129 million.
Another encouraging debut came from Best Foreign Language Film nominee "A Prophet." The French drama found $170,000 on just 9 screens for an impressive $18,889 average.
Next weekends openers include Tim Burton's "Alice in Wonderland" and another Overture release, "Brooklyn's Finest."
Final weekend receipts are released on Monday.
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Cast: Jessica Erickson, Héloïse Godet, Zoé Bruneau, Kamel Abdeli
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Cast: Anna Kendrick, Melanie Lynskey, Mark Webber
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Cast: Buster Keaton, Tom McGuire, Ernest Torrence, Tom Lewis
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Cast: Rodriguez, Stephen 'Sugar' Segerman, Dennis Coffey
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Cast: Peter Capaldi, Tom Hollander, Gina McKee, James Gandolfini
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Cast: Peter Dinklage, Patricia Clarkson, Bobby Cannavale, Michelle Williams
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Cast: Ben Affleck, Joey Lauren Adams, Jason Lee, Dwight Ewell
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