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Tuesday Box Office (March 2, 2010): Shutter Island 1st ($1.9M), but Avatar a strong 2nd ($1.5M)

Shutter Island took first place Tuesday with $1.937 million ($79.254M domestic cume), but the bigger news came courtesy Avatar which surged up to 2nd place with $1.486 million ($709.304M domestic cume).  The late surge — it was up 18% from last Tuesday despite playing in 125 fewer theaters — can likely be attributed to the fact that Avatar will lose most if not all of its 3D screens this Friday when Alice in Wonderland opens. Heck, that’s what I did on Monday. Head on over the jump to see the daily chart.

Continue reading Tuesday Box Office (March 2, 2010): Shutter Island 1st ($1.9M), but Avatar a strong 2nd ($1.5M)

Weekend Box Office Estimates (Feb. 26-28, 2010): Shutter Island #1 ($22.2M), Cop Out #2 ($18.6), The Crazies #3 ($16.5M) + Avatar passes $700M ($14.0M / $706.9M cume)

Update: Click here to see the the final actual numbers for the weekend.

Original article follows below.

After a strong opening last weekend, Martin Scorsese’s Shutter Island was down less than 46% this weekend and managed to hold off two newcomers for a solid estimated $22.2 million (est. $75.076 million domestic cume). The film grossed an estimated $6.68M on Friday, grew an impressive 55% on Saturday to an estimated $10.363M and Warner Brothers is projecting a Sunday take of $5.157 million.

In the battle of openers, the Kevin Smith-directed R-rated buddy cop comedy Cop Out starring Bruce Willis and Tracy Morgan grossed an estimated $18.565 million, holding off Breck Eisner’s horror remake The Crazies ($16.521 million).   Cop Out — which marks the first film Kevin Smith has directed that he also didn’t write — is the biggest opening (single day and weekend) in Kevin Smith’s career as a director. Both films had identical Friday estimates ($5.98M), but Cop Out pulled ahead with a stronger Saturday (est. $7.76M vs. an estimated $6.35M for The Crazies).  Cop Out is projected to have a stronger Sunday ($4.825M) than The Crazies ($4.191M).

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, grossing an estimated $14.0 million (down less than 14%) which brings its 73-day domestic cume to $706.904 million.  Avatar broke $700 million on Saturday (its 72nd day).  Worldwide figures haven’t been updated yet, but at the moment Avatar is sitting just shy of $2.5B at $2.482 billion ($1.775B of which comes from overseas grosses). Head on over the jump for the weekend chart.

Continue reading Weekend Box Office Estimates (Feb. 26-28, 2010): Shutter Island #1 ($22.2M), Cop Out #2 ($18.6), The Crazies #3 ($16.5M) + Avatar passes $700M ($14.0M / $706.9M cume)

Box Office Numbers for Friday, February 26, 2010: Shutter Island ($6.7M) holds onto first place, Cop-Out ($5.975M) & The Crazies ($5.97M) battle for 2nd

Update: Click over the jump for the updated chart with Friday actual numbers.

Original article follows below.

After a strong opening last Friday, Martin Scorsese’s Shutter Island had a nice hold in its second Friday with an estimated $6.675 million ($59.551 million domestic cume).  The film held off two openers; Kevin Smith’s buddy cop comedy Cop Out ($5.975 million) and Breck Eisner’s remake of The Crazies ($5.97 million). [Note: In the final numbers, The Crazies topped Cop Out on Saturday.  Cop Out still placed #2 for the weekend.  See updated chart below the jump for Friday finals].

Meanwhile, Avatar took fourth for the day with an estimated $3.1 million.  That puts the film’s domestic cume at $696.005 million and the film will clear $700 million sometime tonight (in just 72 days of release). Head on over the jump for the daily chart.

Continue reading Box Office Numbers for Friday, February 26, 2010: Shutter Island ($6.7M) holds onto first place, Cop-Out ($5.975M) & The Crazies ($5.97M) battle for 2nd

Martin Scorsese In Talks To Direct The Invention of Hugo Cabret

Martin Scorsese is in talks with GK Films to direct an adaptation of Brian Selznick’s best-selling children’s book The Invention of Hugo Cabret.  Scorsese is hoping that the project — which will reunite him with his The Departed producer Graham King as well as John Logan (The Aviator) who adapted the book’s screenplay — will be his next:

Continue reading Martin Scorsese In Talks To Direct The Invention of Hugo Cabret

Teaser Trailer for HBO’s Boardwalk Empire

HBO has released a teaser trailer for the pilot episode of the upcoming drama series Boardwalk Empire. The pilot was directed by Martin Scorsese and written by Terence Winter (The Sopranos).

Boardwalk Empire is based on the novel by Nelson Johnson titled Boardwalk Empire: The Birth, High Times and Corruption of Atlantic City. It delves into the life and times of Nucky Thompson (Steve Buscemi) who is based on the real life Enoch “Nucky” Johnson, boss of the Republican political machine in New Jersey from 1911-1941.

Gretchen Mol, Dabney Coleman, Omar Little, Michael Pitt and Michael Shannon round out the cast.  Boardwalk Empire premieres this fall.

Continue reading Teaser Trailer for HBO’s Boardwalk Empire

Paramount To Run Iron Man 2, Last Airbender and Shutter Island Ads at Super Bowl XLIV

Advertising Age is reporting that Paramount has purchased three Super Bowl spots for Jon Favreau’s Iron Man 2, M. Night Shyamalan’s The Last Airbender and Martin Scorsese’s Shutter Island.  The spots are expected to air during the first and/or second quarters of Super Bowl XLIV on CBS February 7, 2010.  Walt Disney Pictures is […]

Shutter Island Movie Poster

CHUD has debuted the final one-sheet for Martin Scorsese’s next film Shutter Island, which reunites the director with star Leonardo DiCaprio.  Head below the fold to see it in full.

Shutter Island hits theaters on February 19, 2010.

Continue reading Shutter Island Movie Poster

Shutter Island Movie Trailer #2

shutterisland-100709Paramount Pictures has released the second movie trailer for the upcoming Martin Scorsese-directed film Shutter Island, starring Leonardo DiCaprio.

The studio recently pushed back the film from October 2, 2009 to February 19, 2010.

Continue reading Shutter Island Movie Trailer #2

HBO Greenlights Boardwalk Empire

HBO has given a series greenlight to the period drama Boardwalk Empire.  HBO has ordered 11 episodes of the Martin Scorsese-produced series, which stars Steve Buscemi as Nucky Thompson, a 1920’s Atlantic City character described as being “equal parts politician and gangster.”  Production is expected to begin this fall in Gotham, with a 2010 […]

Paramount Pictures Delays Shutter Island to February 2010

Yet another high-profile release is being pushed into 2010.  About a month ago Universal Pictures announced that they were moving The Wolfman into February 2010 (see related story), but now Paramount Pictures, in a much more unexpected decision, has announced that they are pushing the Martin Scorcese-directed/Leonardo DiCaprio thriller Shutter Island to February 2010 […]

Shutter Island Movie Poster

shutterislandmovieposter_small-072209The movie poster for Martin Scorsese’s upcoming thriller Shuttler Island, starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Mark Ruffalo, Ben Kingsley and Michelle Williams has been released.  You can check it out in full after the jump.

Shuttler Island hits theaters on October 2, 2009. Continue reading Shutter Island Movie Poster

Martin Scorsese To Make Frank Sinatra Movie; Johnny Depp Considered For Role?

Nikki Finke of Deadline Hollywood Daily is reporting that Universal Pictures has acquired the rights to a film based on the life of Frank Sinatra from Mandalay Pictures.  Phil Alden Robinson will be writing the screenplay, while Martin Scorsese has been tapped to direct as well as produce.

Finke reports that the Sinatra family […]