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Box Office Numbers for Friday, February 19, 2010: Shutter Island opens to strong $14.1M

Update: Head over the jump for an updated chart with the final numbers.

Original article follows below.

Martin Scorsese’s Shutter Island opened to an impressive $14.1 million on Friday, the director’s — and lead star Leonardo DiCaprio — strongest opening ever (ahead of the $8.69 million opening for the 2006 Oscar winner The Departed).  Shutter Island is expected to win the weekend with $37-42 million, which would give both Scorsese and DiCaprio their best opening weekend ever ( prior best is The Departed’s $26.887 million).

Last week’s #1 Valentine’s Day dropped 61% day-on-day for an estimated 2nd place $5.68 million (est. $75.942M cume).  Meanwhile, the battle for third place this weekend was very close with Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lightning Thief (est. $3.975M / est. $47.435M cume) just edging out Avatar (est. $3.9M / est. $675.621M cume). Head on over the jump for the daily chart.

Daily Box Office Chart for Friday, February 19, 2010 [Update: Chart updated with final numbers]

Rank Movie Friday Gross
Percent Change from Thursday Theaters
1 Shutter Island $14,058,226 NEW 2,991
2 Valentine’s Day $5,657,872 +155.5% 3,665
3 Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lightning Thief $4,026,278 +179.9% 3,396
4 Avatar $3,894,018 +118.1%
5 The Wolfman $2,885,005 +94.7%
6 Dear John $2,354,138 +177.6%
7 The Tooth Fairy $1,059,260 +135.4%
8 Crazy Heart $760,280 +121.8%
9 From Paris with Love $727,480 +84.2%
10 Edge of Darkness $618,999 +79.6%

Source: Box Office Mojo