Weekend Wrap-Up

Shutter Island Shuts Competition

By John Hamann

February 21, 2010

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Fifth goes to The Wolfman, Benicio Del Toro's incarnation of the old Hollywood monster. After taking in $31.5 million over three days last weekend, The Wolfman fares the worst out of the group of openers that debuted over the President's Day weekend. The second frame for the Joe Johnston flick took in only $9.8 million, giving it a percentage drop of 69%. Reviews and word-of-mouth were just as bad for The Wolfman as they were for Valentine's Day, but with the direct competition coming from Shutter Island, The Wolfman didn't have a chance. With a budget reported to be as high as $150 million, Universal is going to lose a bundle on this one, as it has a take so far of $50.3 million, and likely won't reach $75 million.

Dear John continues its struggles as the inflated holiday weekend impacts it as well. Dear John fell 47% last weekend (despite the Hallmark holiday on Sunday), earning $16 million over three days. This weekend, it did a little worse, taking in $7.3 million and falling 55%. With its $25 million budget, this Screen Gems release was profitable after a single frame, and with a gross so far of $65.8 million, has turned into a huge win for the studio (if we don't count film quality).

The Rock's Tooth Fairy manages to hold on to a top ten spot for another weekend as it finishes seventh. Tooth Fairy took in $4.5 million for Fox, falling a slight 26%. The $50 million Fox effort is their third in the top ten, and has a running total of $49.9 million.


Eighth goes to Crazy Heart, and after a 20% increase last weekend, things get back to normal this weekend. Crazy Heart earned $3 million over the post-holiday frame, and drops 29%. This is probably the biggest winner in the Oscar sweeps, as the $7 million Fox Searchlight picture has now earned $21.6 million.

Ninth and tenth go to action movies with aging film stars. Ninth is From Paris With Love, John Travolta's lunatic turn. Paris earned $2.5 million, dropped 55%, and has a total of $21.2 million. Tenth goes to Mel Gibson's Edge of Darkness. It earned $2.2 million, dropped 54%, and has a running total of $40.3 million.

Overall, the box office is right on target with where things were last year. A year ago, Tyler Perry opened Madea Goes To Jail to an amazing $41 million, which brought totals for the top twelve films up to $119.6 million. This weekend, Shutter Island led the top twelve to a very similar $121.7 million. Next weekend brings the frame prior to Alice in Wonderland, and at this point it looks soft. Opening films include Cop Out, with Bruce Willis and Tracy Morgan, and Overture Films rolls out The Crazies, which looks interesting, but is most likely awful.

Top Weekend Box Office for 2/19/10-2/21/10 (Actuals)
Rank Film Distributor Estimated Gross Actual Gross Weekly Change Running Total
1 Shutter Island Paramount $40,200,000 $41,062,440 New $41,062,440
2 Valentine's Day Warner Bros. Pictures $17,160,000 $16,665,299 - 70.4% $86,927,385
3 Avatar 20th Century Fox $16,100,000 $16,240,857 - 31.2% $687,962,011
4 Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lightning Thief Twentieth Century Fox $15,300,000 $15,254,421 - 51.2% $58,714,813
5 The Wolfman Universal $9,846,265 $9,895,105 - 68.6% $50,363,730
6 Dear John Screen Gems (Sony) $7,300,000 $7,130,552 - 55.6% $65,801,765
7 Tooth Fairy 20th Century Fox $4,500,000 $4,354,280 - 28.1% $49,721,400
8 Crazy Heart FOX SEARCHLIGHT $3,025,000 $2,964,586 -31% $21,524,784
9 From Paris With Love Lionsgate $2,500,000 $2,661,829 - 51.6% $21,361,504
10 Edge of Darkness Warner Bros. Pictures $2,210,000 $2,243,311 - 53.7% $40,347,222
11 The Book of Eli Warner Bros. $1,845,000 $1,888,305 - 48.0% $90,775,391
12 When in Rome Touchstone Pictures $1,747,000 $1,737,917 - 52.8% $29,344,987
  Also Opening/Notables
  2010 Oscar Shorts Shorts International N/A $291,360 New $291,360
  The Ghost Writer SUMMIT $179,000 $183,009 New $183,009
  Blood Done Sign My Name N/A $82,739 New $82,739
  The Good Guy Roadside Attractions N/A $34,712 New $34,712
  Happy Tears N/A $13,009 New $13,009
  Phyllis And Harold Rainbow Releasing N/A $4,756 New $4,756
  The Last New Yorker Brink Films N/A $4,172 New $4,172
  My Name Is Khan FOX SEARCHLIGHT $720,000 $700,885 New $3,253,168
  Up in the Air Paramount $1,073,000 $1,052,036 - 40.7% $80,908,880
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Box office data supplied by Exhibitor Relations
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