Shutter Island

Shutter Island’ opens on top with $41.1 million

Shutter Island' opens on top with $41.1 million

Shutter Island' opens on top with $41.1 million

Shutter Island’ opens on top with $41.1 million.  Martin Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio’s thriller “Shutter Island” has managed the best weekend debut ever for both the director and star, opening with $41.1 million.  The top 20 movies at U.S. and Canadian theaters Friday through Sunday, followed by distribution studio, gross, number of theater locations, average receipts per location, total gross and number of weeks in release, as compiled Monday by are:

1. “Shutter Island,” Paramount, $41,062,440, 2,991 locations, $13,729 average, $41,062,440, one week.

2. “Valentine’s Day,” Warner Bros., $16,665,299, 3,665 locations, $4,547 average, $86,927,385, two weeks.

3. “Avatar,” Fox, $16,240,857, 2,581 locations, $6,292 average, $687,962,011, 10 weeks.

4. “Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief,” Fox, $15,254,421, 3,396 locations, $4,492 average, $58,714,813, two weeks.

5. “The Wolfman,” Universal, $9,895,105, 3,223 locations, $3,070 average, $50,363,730, two weeks.

6. “Dear John,” Sony Screen Gems, $7,130,552, 3,062 locations, $2,329 average, $65,801,765, three weeks.

7. “The Tooth Fairy,” Fox, $4,354,280, 2,523 locations, $1,726 average, $49,721,400, five weeks.

8. “Crazy Heart,” Fox Searchlight, $2,964,586, 1,089 locations, $2,722 average, $21,524,784, 10 weeks.

9. “From Paris With Love,” Lionsgate, $2,661,829, 2,311 locations, $1,152 average, $21,361,504, three weeks.

10. “Edge of Darkness,” Warner Bros., $2,243,311, 2,118 locations, $1,059 average, $40,347,222, four weeks.

11. “The Book of Eli,” Warner Bros., $1,888,305, 1,455 locations, $1,298 average, $90,775,391, six weeks.

12. “When in Rome,” Disney, $1,737,917, 1,627 locations, $1,068 average, $29,344,987, four weeks.

13. “The Blind Side,” Warner Bros., $1,451,100, 1,060 locations, $1,369 average, $247,071,052, 14 weeks.

14. “Up in the Air,” Paramount, $1,052,036, 727 locations, $1,447 average, $80,908,880, 12 weeks.

15. “Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel,” Fox, $935,085, 841 locations, $1,112 average, $215,581,073, nine weeks.

16. “Sherlock Holmes,” Warner Bros., $846,490, 713 locations, $1,187 average, $205,534,198, nine weeks.

17. “My Name Is Khan,” Fox Searchlight, $700,885, 125 locations, $5,607 average, $3,253,168, two weeks.

18. “It’s Complicated,” Universal, $699,510, 598 locations, $1,170 average, $110,724,780, nine weeks.

19. “Legion,” Sony Screen Gems, $625,408, 786 locations, $796 average, $39,221,554, five weeks.

20. “The Last Station,” Sony Pictures Classics, $558,214, 109 locations, $5,121 average, $2,162,370, six weeks

Scorsese, DiCaprio join again in ‘Shutter Island’

Martin Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio
Martin Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio

Martin Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio celebrated nearly a decade working together as they presented the director’s latest film, “Shutter Island,” at the Berlin film festival Saturday.  Based on a novel by “Mystic River” author Dennis Lehane, the 1950s psychological thriller is the fourth film pairing Scorsese with DiCaprio, after “Gangs of New York” (2002), “The Aviator” (2004) and the Oscar-winning “The Departed” (2006).    “Each experience has been unique. It’s been a progression, now it’s been 10 years,” DiCaprio, 35, said at a news conference with the director as their new film premiered out of competition in Berlin.  The two heaped praise on one another, with DiCaprio saying “the biggest gift that he’s given me is an appreciation for cinema and cinema’s history, and an entirely new perspective on my view of this art form.”    “I grew up on his work, really,” he said. “As a younger actor, you’d be a fool not to jump at the opportunity to work with somebody who I consider and many consider the definitive director of our time.”  The 67-year-old director, for his part, said working with DiCaprio has lead to a special relationship.    “Trust is really the key” and was built up over time, Scorsese said, adding that they “really reached a kind of comradeship in ‘The Departed.’”    “I see him as a young man developing as a wonderful actor,” he said. “I’m very happy to be around when this is happening with somebody with such extraordinary talent, to be able to focus that and perfect it.”   “Shutter Island” also stars Ben Kingsley, Patricia Clarkson, Mark Ruffalo and Michelle Williams. It is set in 1954, a time of Cold War paranoia, when Scorsese himself was growing up.    It follows the investigation into the disappearance of a murderess from a mental institution on an island. DiCaprio plays a U.S. Marshal in Boston looking for the woman, and his involvement in the case starts to make him question his own sanity  “This was a complex jigsaw puzzle of emotional back stories and dream sequences and truth and fiction,” DiCaprio said. “It was challenging and fulfilling.”  Scorsese said he was attracted to the material in part “because it’s set in the 50s and because of the tone of fear and paranoia and secrecy and trauma.”   “I grew up during the 50s, I grew up during the Cold War, I grew up expecting air raids every day,” he said. “That’s what we were told.”   Scorsese and DiCaprio may not be done collaborating yet.   “We’re always talking about different projects,” DiCaprio said. “If I’m lucky enough to work with him, I would consider it a gift.”

‘Shutter Island’ shuttered until next year

leonardo_dicaprio_at_the_beachParamount Pictures is pushing the release of director Martin Scorsese’s highly anticipated “Shutter Island,” starring Leonardo DiCaprio, from Oct. 3 to Feb. 19 of next year.   The move means that the gothic thriller won’t be in Oscar contention for this year. Paramount has spent heavily already marketing its summer movie hits “Star Trek,” “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen” and “G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra” Continue reading →

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