'Shutter Island' Marks New Box-Office High For DiCaprio And Scorsese

New thriller trounces the competition with $40.2 million opening weekend.

The Box-Office Top Five

#1 [movie id="371226"]"Shutter Island"[/movie] ($40.2 million)

#2 [movie id="430417"]"Valentine's Day"[/movie] ($17.2 million)

#3 [movie id="301495"]"Avatar"[/movie] ($16.1 million)

#4 [movie id="412936"]"Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lightning Thief"[/movie] ($15.3 million)

#5 [movie id="338084"]"The Wolfman"[/movie] ($9.9 million)

Director Martin Scorsese and actor Leonardo DiCaprio are hardly strangers to success, but both Hollywood talents experienced unprecedented victories even by their own standards with this weekend's release of "Shutter Island."

The Paramount thriller easily took the box-office crown with a $40.2 million domestic total, a result that established new records for both DiCaprio and Scorsese. The filmmaker and actor previously teamed up for "The Departed," the 2006 crime story that not only brought Scorsese his first Oscar for directing but also his highest opening weekend at the time with $26.9 million. DiCaprio's previous best was with Steven Spielberg's "Catch Me If You Can," which earned $30.1 million in its opening weekend.

Despite critical acclaim and clear support from moviegoers, "Shutter Island" hasn't had an entirely smooth ride to theaters. The film's move from a fall debut to a February release prevented it from competing at the 2010 Academy Awards, but considering the weekend result, Paramount's decision to delay the movie's opening date seems to have paid off.

Director Garry Marshall's romantic comedy "Valentine's Day," meanwhile, suffered a 69.5 percent drop from last weekend, falling from first to second place with $17.1 million by the weekend's conclusion. But even with the steep slip, "Valentine's Day" has already earned back its entire production budget and then some with a worldwide total of $122.4 million, offering little heartbreak for Warner Bros. and the film's other creative forces.

Sony's "Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief" and Universal's "The Wolfman," remained in the box office's top five, though both films succumbed to the staying power of "Avatar." James Cameron's continually strong Oscar contender moved from fourth place to third place by Sunday's close with a $16.1 million haul.

Upcoming Releases

"Shutter Island" makes some room for horrific competition next weekend in the form of "The Crazies," Overture Films' remake of George A. Romero's classic thriller. Kevin Smith's "Cop Out," starring Bruce Willis and Tracy Morgan, also opens in wide release.

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