Filmgoers spent another weekend on "Shutter Island," as the film was the top film at the box office for the second week in a row. The film grossed another $22.2 million to stay in the top spot, bringing its domestic total to $75 million and its worldwide total to $79.6. At least from a financial standpoint, Paramount's decision do push the film to 2010 has paid off, as the film will now easily make it $80 million investment back. After Martin Scorsese, Leonardo DiCaprio, Mark Ruffalo, and Ben Kingsley all enjoyed their biggest opening weekends to date, "Shutter Island" currently stands as Scorsese's fifth highest-grossing film of all time, DiCaprio's sixth, and Ruffalo and Kingsley's second (behind "Collateral" and "Schindler's List" respectively"). In yearly rankings, "Shutter Island" is now the third-highest-grossing film of the year, behind "Valentine's Day" and "The Book of Eli".
In second place is the opening weekend of Kevin Smith's latest film "Cop Out" which made $18.5 million. Not only does this look to bring a promising return on Warner Brothers' $30 million dollar investment, but this also marks Kevin Smith's biggest opening weekend to date.
In third place was the opening weekend of "The Crazies" which made $16.5 million. This is impressive for a horror film in general, as well as for a re-make that lacks the brand name of "Friday the 13th" or "The Wolfman". Though it's unclear exactly who made the investment, they're likely to see a handsome return on the film's $20 million dollar budget, as well will Overture Films, who distributed it.
Rounding out the top five was "Avatar" in fourth place which grossed $14 million this weekend to bring its domestic total to over $700 million dollars, and "Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lightning Thief" which grossed $9.8 million to bring its domestic total to $71 million. Fox is more likely celebrating its worldwide total of $138 million, a substantially higher figure than the budget of $95 million.
Winning the per-theater-average race for the second week in a row was Roman Polanski's film "The Ghost Writer" which took in $870,000 on 43 screens for an average of over $20,000 per-screen and a domestic total of $1.1 million. In second place was the opening weekend of "A Prophet" the French film that could easily win the Oscar for Best Foreign Language film next Sunday. The film earned $170,000 on nine screens, an average of over $18,000 per screen.
Also opening this week on 15 screens was the thriller starring James Van Der Beek,"Formosa Betrayed". The film made $69,000 dollars for an average of $4,600 per-screen.
Looking forward, next week is the opening of "Alice in Wonderland" and Oscar night. How will Tim Burton's latest film shake up the box office? Will this year's Oscar nominees get a boost on the big weekend? Please share your thoughts with us and we'll see you at the movies.