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Arts and Entertainment

Box Office Review: More Duly-Appointed Federal Marshals!

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Showing unexpected strength, Shutter Island held off all comers to claim its second straight weekend at the top of the box office heap ($22.2M | $75M). Yay Marty! Newcomers Cop Out ($18.5M) and The Crazies ($16.5M) placed second and third while Avatar just keeps fucking hanging around ($14M | $706.9M). Percy Jackson & The Olympians: Unusually Long Title is showing good legs in its third week ($9.8M | $71.2M), unlike Valentine's Day which continues to crater ($9.5M | $100.3M).

The rest of the top 10 was comprised of the tearjerker Dear John ($5M | $72.6M), the almost good The Wolfman ($4.1M | $57.2M), the apocalyptic The Tooth Fairy ($3.4M | $53.8M) and the superb Crazy Heart ($2.5M | $25M). In limited release, The Prophet had a solid debut in nine venues ($18,889 per theater). Formosa Betrayed, however, didn't fare nearly so well ($4600). One last interesting note -- though it's not showing in enough theaters to really chart, Ghost Writer is doing killer business ($20,233 per venue).