By Ryan Parsons | Images property of Paramount Pictures, Variety
Going into its second weekend, I do have to admit that I predicted Shutter Island to lose the top spot at the box office by its second frame thanks most in part to the arrival of two big wide releases: The Crazies and Cop Out. One was liked by the critics, the latter was not. Even with the new competition for the R-rated demo, Scorsese's Island remained the number one sanctuary for moviegoers.
Box Office Victor: Shutter Island
A fiercely competitive weekend resulted in astonishing numbers at the box office. Shutter Island dropped an OK 46% to earn $22.2 million during its second frame; shooting the film's domestic take above $60 million
Don Harris, exec VP of distribution for Par, seemed to have expected the second-frame win, describing Scorsese as one of the "greatest living directors of our time" and credits the director as a main draw for auds. "Clearly, audiences like the movie, and they're talking about it," Harris added. "When (Scorsese) makes a movie, I think people are interested to see what he's made."
Though poorly reviewed, Cop Out took the second spot with $18.6 million with The Crazies rounding out the top three with $16.5 million. The box office didn't end there, however, as Avatar helped push up the weekend take with another $14 million.
Now bring in help from Percy Jackson ($9.8 million), The Wolfman ($4.1 million) and Valentine's Day ($.9.5 million), and it was all in all a pretty excellent weekend at the BO.