Distributors' apparent reluctance to take on Shutter Island, Martin Scorsese's venture into genre filmmaking, made for an unusually dead weekend at the box office. Shutter Island's take, while certainly robust, isn't the sort of number that would normally strike fear into the heart of studio executives, and I don't think anyone expected it to do much better than it has; why everyone else made way, therefore, isn't entirely clear. But Paramount capitalized, and fans of Scorsese's creepy, beautiful thriller should be pleased. $40 million is a personal best opening weekend for Scorsese, well ahead of the previous #1, The Departed. Whether it can top The Departed to become Scorsese's highest-grossing movie remains to be seen, as it obviously won't have the benefit of the fabled "Oscar boost," but $130 million is not out of the question by any means.

Most of the holdovers took a pretty big hit this weekend; even Avatar saw its biggest drop-off to date (around 30%). Suffering the most were Valentine's Day and The Wolfman, both of which saw business fade to the tune of 70%. For Valentine's Day, this is a side effect of Warner Bros' cute stunt of opening the film on Valentine's Day. For Wolfman, I suspect, the problem is bad reviews and poor word-of-mouth. Valentine's Day will eke past $100 million next weekend before petering out; The Wolfman likely will not hit $70 million.

The full top 10 after the jump.




1 - Shutter Island (Paramount) - $40.20 ($13,440) - $40.20
2 - Valentine's Day (Warner Bros.) - $17.16 ($4,682) - $87.42
3 - Avatar (Fox) - $16.10 ($6,238) - $687.82
4 - Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief (Fox) - $15.30 ($4,505) - $58.76
5 - The Wolfman (Universal) - $9.85 ($3,055) - $50.31
6 - Dear John (Sony) - $7.30 ($2,384) - $65.97
7 - The Tooth Fairy (Fox) - $4.50 ($1,802) - $49.87
8 - Crazy Heart (Fox Searchlight) - $3.03 ($2,778) - $21.59
9 - From Paris with Love (Fox) - $2.50 ($1,082) - $21.20
10 - Edge of Darkness (Warner Bros.) - $2.21 ($1,043) - $40.31

Next week: We'll see what Kevin Smith's Cop Out can do given that Warner Bros. decided to hide Kevin Smith's name. Its competition will be Breck Eisner's remake of The Crazies.