Shutter Island scares off Valentine's Day at the box office

Posted by: Brad Sturdivant

The often delayed SHUTTER ISLAND turned out to be a hit after all.  The Leonardo DiCaprio thriller raked in over $40 million at the box office, giving it a very impressive opening day weekend and more than good enough to beat out last week’s #1, VALENTINE’S DAY.  In what should come as no surprise, AVATAR managed to regain the third spot with yet another $16 million, taking its grand total to $687,821,000.  Yep, that’s right; another $13 million and it will pass the $700 million mark.  Is it too far off to think it might make a billion dollars?

Next week sees the release of Kevin Smith’s COP OUT with Bruce Willis and Tracy Morgan.  The film looks funny, but K-Smith has a long history of disappointing box office numbers.  And I’m not sure Bruce Willis is going to be able to reverse that trend.

Leonardo DiCaprio and Mark Ruffalo in Shutter Island

1  Shutter Island  $40,200,000

2  Valentine’s Day  $17,160,000

3  Avatar  $16,100,000

4  Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lightning Thief  $15,300,000

5  The Wolfman  $9,846,000

6  Dear John  $7,300,000

7  Tooth Fairy  $4,500,000

8  Crazy Heart   $3,025,000

9  From Paris with Love  $2,500,000

10  Edge of Darkness   $2,210,000

Source: Box Office Mojo

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