February 28, 2010
LOS ANGELES – Martin Scorsese’s suspense thriller, “Shutter Island,” led the North American box office for a second consecutive weekend on Sunday, fending off strong debuts from the comedy “Cop Out” and horror remake “The Crazies.”
“Shutter Island” earned $22.2 million during the three days beginning Friday, taking its 10-day haul to $75.1 million, distributor Paramount Pictures said.
Leonardo DiCaprio, who has collaborated previously with Scorsese, stars in the picture as a federal marshal stranded at a prison hospital for the criminally insane off the coast of Massachusetts in 1954.
“Cop Out,” which stars Bruce Willis and Tracy Morgan as a pair of New York City cops, opened at No. 2 with $18.6 million in ticket sales, distributor Warner Bros. Pictures said.
Overture Films’ zombie conspiracy thriller, “The Crazies,” an update of a 1973 George Romero picture, followed at No. 3 with $16.5 million.
Both films had been targeting openings in the low- to mid-teen millions.
Paramount is a unit of Viacom Inc (VIAb.N). Warner Bros. is a unit of Time Warner Inc (TWX.N). Overture is a unit of Liberty Media Corp (LCAPA.O). (Editing by Paul Simao)