Paramount's Shutter Island remained in first place on Thursday with $2.69 million. The Martin Scorsese directed thriller starring Leonardo DiCaprio was up 2 percent from Wednesday, which is a good sign for the film heading into the weekend. Shutter Island was easily the week's top film with a better than expected seven-day start of $52.88 million. That places Shutter Island a healthy 39 percent ahead of the $37.95 million one-week start 2006's The Departed, though it's highly unlikely that Shutter Island will hold up nearly as well as The Departed did throughout the rest of its run.
Fox's Avatar finished in second for the sixth consecutive day. James Cameron's 3D blockbuster grossed $1.20 million, which was unchanged from Wednesday and down a solid 33 percent from last Thursday. Avatar finished in second for the week with $21.18 million. That was down 38 percent from the previous week and brings the film's ten-week domestic total to $692.90 million. This weekend will see Avatar become the first film ever to reach the unadjusted $700 million domestic mark.
Valentine's Day remained in third with $0.97 million. Warner's ensemble romantic comedy from director Garry Marshall was up 3 percent from Wednesday and down 56 percent from last Thursday. For the week Valentine's Day grossed $20.59 million. That was good enough for third, but down a very sharp 71 percent from the previous week. Despite the second week slide, Valentine's Day has grossed $90.85 million in 14 days and will overtake The Book of Eli today to become the highest grossing release of 2010 so far.
Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief was up one spot and 13 percent from Wednesday to finish in fourth. The PG-rated fantasy film from Fox grossed $0.68 million, which was down 53 percent from last Thursday. Percy Jackson grossed $17.95 million for the week. That was down 59 percent from the previous week and placed the film in fourth for the frame. Percy Jackson has grossed $61.41 million in 14 days and could clear the $70 million mark by the end of the weekend.
The Wolfman was down one spot to round out Thursday's top five. Universal's horror remake grossed $0.64 million, which was up 3 percent from Wednesday and down 57 percent from last Thursday. Like Valentine's Day, The Wolfman was also down quite sharply in its second week of release. The film's weekly gross of $12.65 million was down 69 percent from last week and brings the film's two-week total to $53.12 million.