Strong Monday for ‘Shutter Island’

on February 23, 2010 by Daniel Garris

Shutter Island continued to post impressive numbers on Monday as the Paramount release was easily the day's top film with $3.34 million. The Martin Scorsese directed thriller starring Leonardo DiCaprio was down 69 percent from Sunday, which represented one of the day's better daily holds among wide releases. That may be an early indication of strong word of mouth, especially for the thriller genre (which is typically quite front-loaded towards opening weekends). Shutter Island debuted above expectations this past weekend and has grossed $44.40 million through four days of release. Look for the film to cross the $50 million mark on either Wednesday or Thursday.

Fox's Avatar finished in second place with $1.28 million. Though it finished just behind Warner's Valentine's Day over the weekend, Avatar actually topped Valentine's Day on both Saturday and Sunday and has now placed in second for three straight days. James Cameron's 3D blockbuster was down 75 percent from last Monday, as all films were down sharply from last Monday's Presidents Day grosses. Avatar has grossed a record-breaking $689.24 million through 67 days of release and is now just $10.76 million away from reaching the $700 million mark domestically.

Warner's Valentine's Day placed in third with $0.94 million. The ensemble romantic comedy continues to fall off rapidly in the days after the Valentine's Day holiday, as it was down 74 percent from Sunday and down 86 percent from last Monday. Nonetheless, Valentine's Day has grossed a very solid $87.87 million through 11 days and will soon overtake fellow Warner Bros. release The Book of Eli to become the highest grossing domestic release of 2010 thus far.

The Wolfman finished in fourth with $0.74 million. The horror remake from Universal starring Benicio Del Toro and Anthony Hopkins was down 73 percent from Sunday and down 82 percent from last Monday. The Wolfman has obviously taken a significant hit from the better than expected performance of Shutter Island the past few days. The 11-day gross for The Wolfman stands at $51.11 million, placing it 1 percent behind the pace of 2005's Constantine.

Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief was down two spots and 83 percent from Sunday to round out the day's top five. Fox's PG fantasy film grossed $0.72 million, which was down a steep 90 percent from last Monday. Percy Jackson has grossed $59.43 million in 11 days and will clear the $60 million mark either today or Wednesday. Percy Jackson continues to run 25 percent ahead of the pace of 2007's Bridge to Terabithia.

Tags: Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief, The Wolfman, Valentine's Day, Avatar, Shutter Island

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