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Weekend Box Office Numbers (Feb. 26-28, 2010): Shutter Island ($22.7M) tops Cop Out ($18.2M) & The Crazies ($16.1M); Avatar crosses $700M ($13.7M / $706.6M cume)

Martin Scorsese’s Shutter Island dropped just 44.8% in its second weekend ($22.665M), topping both newcomers Cop Out ($18.211M) and The Crazies. ($16.067M).

Marking not only Kevin Smith’s first film he didn’t also write, Cop Out is now the biggest opening (single day and weekend) in his career as a director. Cop Out and The Crazies had nearly identical Friday’s ($5.948M & $5.981M, respectively), but Cop Out pulled ahead with a stronger Saturday ($7.742M vs. $6.347M for The Crazies) and Sunday ($4.521M vs. $3.739M for The Crazies).  However, The Crazies played in fewer theaters and therefore had a considerably stronger per theater average of $6,489 (2,476 theaters) vs. a PTA of $5,781 for Cop Out (from 3,150 theaters).

The other big news this weekend is that Avatar broke $700 million. Now in its 11th weekend of release (top 5 in each weekend), the James Cameron-directed sci-fi 3D epic continues to live up to its billing, adding $13.655 million (down just 15.9%) which brings its 73-day domestic cume to $706.56 million. Avatar broke $700 million on Saturday (its 72nd day). Worldwide, Avatar remained in 1st place for its 11th consecutive week (a streak that will come to an end next weekend courtesy Alice in Wonderland) and is sitting at an extraordinary $2.546 billion worldwide ($1.839B of which comes from overseas grosses). Head on over the jump for the weekend chart.

Weekend Chart for February 26 – February 28, 2010:

1 Shutter Island $22,665,000 -44.8% 3,003 +12 $75,541,571
2 Cop Out $18,211,126 NEW 3,150 $18,211,126
3 The Crazies $16,067,552 NEW 2,476 $16,067,552
4 Avatar $13,655,274 -15.9% 2,456 -125 $706,560,068
5 ‘Percy Jackson’ $9,583,421 -37.2% 3,302 -94 $70,998,280
6 Valentine’s Day $9,063,036 -45.6%
3,578 -87 $99,916,240
7 Dear John $4,808,498 -32.6%
3,006 -56 $72,432,096
8 The Wolfman $4,259,865 -56.9%
3,043 -180 $57,380,125
9 The Tooth Fairy $3,425,333 -21.3%
2,249 -274 $53,841,454
10 Crazy Heart $2,462,384 -16.9%
1,148 +59 $25,009,496

Source: Box Office Mojo