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Arts and Entertainment

Box Office Review: America Loves Insane Asylums!

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Shutter Island destroyed all comers this weekend, bringing in a huge $40.2M to easily win the box office crown. The debut was a personal best for both Martin Scorcese and Leo Di Caprio...which is kind of tragic actually. Last week's champ, Valentine's Day collapsed in its second frame (yay!), but still brought in a shameful $17.1M ($87.4M) while Avatar doesn't appear to be going anywhere anytime soon ($16.1M | $687.8 Fucking Million Dollars!). Percy Jackson & The Olympians: World's Longest Title ($15.3M | $58.7M) did much better in its second weekend than the unterrible The Wolfman ($9.8M | $50.3M).

The sentimental Dear John (I still love you, Amanda!) led off the second half of the top ten ($7.3M | $65.9M). After that it was the revolting, awful, depressing The Tooth Fairy ($4.5M | $49.8M), the great Crazy Heart ($3M | $21.5M), the guilty pleasure From Paris with Love ($2.5M | $21.2M) and the pretty good even though Mel Gibson is obviously nuts The Edge of Darkness ($2.2M | $40.3M). The limited release crowd was led by Roman Polanski's superb The Ghost Writer ($44,750 per theater). Neither The Good Guy ($4,022 per) nor Happy Tears ($933) made much of an impact and should vanish soon.

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