Well, my fears that the eagerly dismissive reactions to Shutter Island last weekend would dampen its numbers this weekend would appear to be unfounded, as $22.2 million worth of moviegoers turned out to see what everyone else was talking about or to see what they themselves had missed on first viewing. With $75 million in the bank to date, it seems that the move out from under October’s Saw sequels and Paramount’s own Paranormal juggernaut was indeed a wise one.
Of the weekend’s new and equally horrifying releases, Kevin Smith’s cop out, Cop Out, ended up in second place with $18.6 million (the best opening a Smith film has seen, although on par with Bruce Willis’ weaker outings), while the decent remake of a dated Romero, The Crazies, took third with $16.5 million (and it stars Timothy Olyphant, who was the bad guy in that last Die Hard movie, which starred both Bruce Willis AND Kevin Smith! This is some DaVinci Code shit right here!). (Pajiba’s The Crazies review will be up tomorrow.)
In its last weekend of total 3-D screen domination pre-Alice in Wonderland, Avatar landed in fourth place with another $14 million. Percy Jackson was fifth with $9.8 million, Valentine’s Day took sixth with $9.5 million, Dear John ended up seventh with $5 million, The Wolfman fell to eighth with $4.1 million, Tooth Fairy stuck around in ninth with $3.5 million, and in tenth was Crazy Heart with $2.5 million.
The highest per-theater averages went to Roman Polanksi’s reportedly solid The Ghost Writer (expected to expand even wider next weekend) and the nine-screen release of the uber-acclaimed A Prophet. That’s one about a guy who’s jailed up, and no, his name is NOT Roman Polanski.