‘Avatar’ Overtakes ‘Shutter Island’

on March 05, 2010 by Daniel Garris

Fox's Avatar overtook Paramount's Shutter Island on Thursday to return to the top of the daily box office. James Cameron's 3D blockbuster grossed $1.647 million, which topped Shutter Island by $26,555 for the day. Avatar was up 7 percent from Wednesday and up 37 percent from last Thursday, as the film held up quite well on the last day before it loses 3D screens to Disney's Alice in Wonderland. For the week Avatar finished in fourth with $19.58 million. That was down only 8 percent from the previous week and brings the film's eleven-week total to a record-breaking $712.49 million.

Shutter Island saw its streak of 13 consecutive days at the top of the daily box office snapped. The Martin Scorsese directed thriller starring Leonardo DiCaprio grossed $1.620 million for the day. Shutter Island was down 2 percent from Wednesday and down 40 percent from last Thursday. Despite sliding to second on Thursday, Shutter Island was the week's top film with a weekly gross of $29.65 million. That was down a reasonable 44 percent from the film's opening week performance and brings the film's two-week total to a better than expected $82.52 million.

Warner's Cop Out remained in third place with $1.12 million. The Kevin Smith directed comedy was down 5 percent from Wednesday. Cop Out debuted in line with pre-release expectations this week, as it grossed $23.22 million in its first seven days. Cop Out finished in second place for the week and is currently running 12 percent ahead of the pace of 2008's First Sunday and 22 percent ahead of the pace of last year's Surrogates.

The Crazies held steady in fourth with $0.91 million. Overture's R-rated horror remake was down 5 percent from Wednesday, which once again marked one of the day's larger daily percentage declines among wide releases. The Crazies finished in third place for the week with $20.39 million. That was ahead of expectations and places the film a solid 13 percent ahead of the pace of last year's The Last House on the Left.

Warner's Valentine's Day rounded out Thursday's top five with $0.55 million. That was up 3 percent from Wednesday and down 43 percent from last Thursday. Valentine's Day placed in sixth for the week with $11.30 million. Earlier in the week Valentine's Day became the first release of 2010 to clear the $100 million domestic mark. The film's three-week total stands at $102.15 million.

Tags: Valentine's Day, The Crazies, Cop Out, Shutter Island, Avatar

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