As was widely expected, Paramount's Shutter Island remained at the top of the box office for a second consecutive weekend. The Martin Scorsese directed thriller starring Leonardo DiCaprio grossed $22.67 million, which was down 45 percent from last weekend. That represented a very solid second weekend hold for the film, especially considering the type of second weekend slides most films of the genre usually experience and the new competition from both Cop Out and The Crazies. Shutter Island has grossed a better than expected $75.54 million in its first ten days. That makes the film a lock to clear the $100 million mark domestically and places it an impressive 33 percent ahead of the pace of 2006's The Departed (though that lead will shrink in the weeks ahead).
Warner's Cop Out debuted in second place with $18.21 million. The Kevin Smith directed comedy starring Bruce Willis and Tracy Morgan opened in line with pre-release expectations. Cop Out opened 22 percent ahead of the $14.90 million start of last year's Surrogates (which starred Willis) and 3 percent ahead of the $17.71 million start of 2008's First Sunday (which starred Morgan). The opening weekend performance of Cop Out was the largest debut of Kevin Smith's career, as it topped the $11.02 million start of 2001's Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back.
The Crazies opened slightly above expectations with a $16.07 million third place start. The R-rated horror remake from Overture earned a nice per-location average of $6,487, which was a bit higher than the $5,781 per-location average of Cop Out this weekend. The Crazies opened 14 percent higher than the $14.12 million start of last year's The Last House on the Left and registered the third largest debut in Overture's young history as a distributor (behind last year's Law Abiding Citizen and 2008's Righteous Kill).
Avatar was down one spot to finish in fourth. Fox's sci-fi phenomenon grossed $13.66 million in its eleventh weekend of release and in doing so surpassed the $700 million domestic mark. Avatar now boasts a domestic take of $706.56 million, giving it a current total gross to opening weekend ratio of 9.17 to 1. Avatar was down a slim 16 percent this weekend, thanks in part to this weekend being the last weekend before Disney's highly anticipated Alice in Wonderland opens on 3D screens on Friday.
Fellow Fox release Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief was down one spot and 37 percent from last weekend to round out this weekend's top five. Percy Jackson grossed $9.58 million, which brings the film's 17-day total to $70.998 million. That places Percy Jackson 22 percent ahead of the pace of 2007's Bridge to Terabithia. However, at this point it appears that Percy Jackson will fall just short of reaching the $100 million mark.
Valentine's Day nearly crossed the $100 million mark this weekend, but will have to wait until today to officially reach the milestone. The ensemble romantic comedy from Warner Bros. grossed $9.06 million this weekend, which brings the film's 17-day total to $99.92 million. Valentine's Day was down four spots and 46 percent from the previous weekend to finish in sixth place.