Shutter Island went to number one, with I suppose a better than expected $40.2 million.  This was a career best start for both Leonardo DiCaprio (previous best was Catch Me if You Can) and Martin Scorsese (The Departed).  It was the only wide release of the week, which no doubt added to the strong beginning.  The movie improved from Friday to Saturday, based on estimates, which usually points to a positive box office pattern in the coming weeks.  BOM users rated it at B+, while Rotten Tomatoes users rated it at a very healthy 87%.

As expected, all of last week’s new movies dropped hard.  Percy Jackson had the smallest at 51%, but both Valentine’s Day and Wolfman both collapsed, off 70% and 69% respectively.  Valentine’s Day was expected mainly because of the Valentine’s Day gimmick (and it also did it’s strongest business on Valentine’s Day itself), but Wolfman followed suit as well: it’s best day was also last Sunday.  It actually fell harder in its second weekend than Van Helsing did.

Avatar had a strong hold, down 31% from last weekend and nearing $700 mil.  It’ll probably ellipse it by Sunday at the latest.