Box Office Guru Wrapup: Shutter Island Takes the Weekend

Summary

Martin Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio scored the biggest openings of their careers with the psychological thriller "Shutter Island," the fourth teaming between the two men, which easily led the North American box office. With no other films debuting in wide release, the rest of the top ten was filled with holdovers, most of which dropped by more than 50% from last weekend's record holiday session. The top ten films beat out year-ago levels, however the Top 20 fell behind last year's performance due to the current marketplace's lack of depth. Back to Article

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Jared King

Good to see Marty took the top spot.

Feb 21 - 03:51 PM

J3vr0N

Jevon Williams

I saw Shutter Island and it was deserving of the top spot this weekend, considering the recent onslaught of crap movies. Although the movie wasn't as brilliant as I believed it would be, it was still a good flick and deserves credit.

Feb 21 - 04:23 PM

Matt W.

Matt Williams

Shutter Island is such a fantastic movie. I cannot stop talking about it!!

Feb 21 - 04:30 PM

Matt L.

Matt Lubisich

shutter island was awesome. i have no idea how it only got 66% on the tomato meter. i was on edge the whole time but marty never went for cheap scares and the story was absolutely excellent

Feb 21 - 05:11 PM

martinscorsese25

christopher cantos

well Alice is the next big thing. after that, the summer blockbusters starts pouring in. and it's nice that Nolan will close it again

Feb 21 - 05:15 PM

NTROST

Anthony W.

@martinscorsese25

Wow there dude, you are skipping a little bit there. Pretty much all of March & the entire month of April. Next week you have "Cop Out" & "The Crazies" then you have "Alice In Wonderland" with also "Brooklyn's Finest" the following week but then you have other films such as "Green Zone", "The Bounty Hunter", "The Hot Tub Machine", "Repo Men", "Clash Of The Titans", "Date Night", "Kiss-***", "Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps" & plently more others before the summer films begin which is in May.

@thelastholdout

Dude, your boss should just stick to managing the theatre & nothing else because he doesn't seem to have much knowledge in just judgement of films.

P.S. "It's a shame a solidified satisfactory film like "The Ghost Writer" gets a limited release but dissatisfying material like "Valentine's Day" (for example) gets a full scale release.

Feb 21 - 08:51 PM

Throw An Onion

Crornk Kaleidescope

@NTROST

Do you really think Valentine's Day would make any money if it wasn't released full scale? Ghost Writer can build up anticipation and cash over a long slow release. Valentine's Day made the majority of its cash on its opening weekend. Now its just going to die out.

Feb 21 - 09:45 PM

NTROST

Anthony W.

@Throw An Onion

"Do you really think Valentine's Day would make any money if it wasn't released full scale?"

With today's public audience it wouldn't surprise me but again I was just using "Valentine's Day" as an example. You do make a valid point though that "The Ghost Writer" will build-up slowly if it does get a full-fledge release & not just stay limited like films such as "The Hurt Locker" & "Moon" for example.

Feb 21 - 10:42 PM

Dictioninrepose555

Jon Bosley

I was thoroughly satisfied, kudos to Marty for a great film.

Feb 21 - 05:17 PM

Tendo63

Dave Liebs

Shutter Island will hold up well...its a completely different movie upon a second viewing. Great work from every actor in that cast.

Feb 21 - 05:25 PM

King Crunk

King Crunk

Glad that Scorsese and DiCaprio reigned this weekend, they deserved it. Shutter was great, and as a huge fan of the novel, I was immensely satisfied with Scorsese's adaptation. Hope it holds up well in the weeks ahead.

Feb 21 - 06:07 PM

Thelastholdout

Douglas Wake

I'm happy that Shutter Island did this well. I watched the movie myself and loved it. Funnily enough, my boss (I work at a movie theater) said that the movie probably wouldn't do well. He's probably happy that he's wrong. :D

Feb 21 - 06:09 PM

tgibfo

Matt Ritchey

If SHUTTER had been 30 or 45 minutes shorter, it would have been amazing, but it's the second half of the movie that gives it the 66%. I think it deserves more like 74% but still needed some serious editing.....

Feb 21 - 08:11 PM

smartmoviekid

jonathan ramirez

Shutter Island was extraordinarily well done, but i expected nothing less from Scorsese. The book was wonderful, and the movie remained quite faithful.could not have asked for anything more.

Feb 21 - 08:14 PM

BatsInTheBelfry

Derek Meadors

Shutter Island was absolutely fantastic. It's an amazing film that will lead to very long debates afterward.



Slight Spoiler!!!!!




The end can be interpreted in many different ways, don't be fooled by the seemingly straight-forwardness of it.

Feb 21 - 08:14 PM

RamALamADingDong

That Guy

I didn't care for Shutter Island. I liked most of the movie up until the final reveal. I know it was supposed to play with the audience's head an all and get them to question their sanity. I understood what they were doing, I just didn't like it. For me it seemed like if Bruce Willis had spent all of The Sixth Sense trying to convince us he was not dead just for them to say he was. It didn't feel as neat as Memento or A Beautiful Mind.

Plus I guess the ending as soon as they explained the delusion of the escaped patient. Very obvious foreshadowing. If they wanted to shock me they should have shown the patient free to prove they had actually been manipulating him (a la Nineteen Eighty-Four).

On the scale of twist endings I would rate it pretty low.

Otherwise it was an okay story, though not very original. Besides Memento, The Sixth Sense, and A Beautiful Mind, the story shares very strong parallels to the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode Frame of Mind. There Riker is trying to convince others of his sanity while they're saying he's crazy and the whole Enterprise thing is just in his imagination, except he's actually right. It didn't feel like anything I hadn't seen or read.

Otherwise the direction and acting were top notch. I took a Film Noir class last semester so it was fun to see him use the same themes and styles. Though the music overpowered the movie at times (and this is coming from someone who cranks up the Danny Elfman's Batman, RoboCop, and John Williams' Superman soundtracks as high as I can whenever I get to the main themes). The dreams were a little long and didn't always seemed necessary. Most of the time I was wishing they would just get to the point and move on.

Feb 21 - 08:35 PM

jay z.

jay groon

its funny you say that.
i found myself thinking over and over what was happening the entire movie more for memento than i did shutter island, which is by no means a bad thing.

its just for me Shutter became more clear, certainly because Scrosese meant for that (Nolan's Memento is all-time in mind****s) and the cool, "out there" notion that a doctor would go to great lengths for one patient.

Feb 21 - 10:43 PM

Stepping Razor

Stepping Razor

I haven't seen the movie yet, but I think, as with most trailers coming out now, its trailer reveals too much.

I may be in the minority, but I don't want to know a movie's trajectory. Just give me enough to get a small idea of what the story's about, don't show me scenes from throughout the whole movie almost right up until the end.

I want to know the exact reason why trailer editors give away far too much, and I'd like to talk to moviegoers who want their movies nice, steaming and predictable before they go in.

For most movies, less is better when it comes to the trailers.

Feb 21 - 08:49 PM

NTROST

Anthony W.

@martinscorsese25

Wow there dude, you are skipping a little bit there. Pretty much all of March & the entire month of April. Next week you have "Cop Out" & "The Crazies" then you have "Alice In Wonderland" with also "Brooklyn's Finest" the following week but then you have other films such as "Green Zone", "The Bounty Hunter", "The Hot Tub Machine", "Repo Men", "Clash Of The Titans", "Date Night", "Kiss-***", "Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps" & plently more others before the summer films begin which is in May.

@thelastholdout

Dude, your boss should just stick to managing the theatre & nothing else because he doesn't seem to have much knowledge in just judgement of films.

P.S. "It's a shame a solidified satisfactory film like "The Ghost Writer" gets a limited release but dissatisfying material like "Valentine's Day" (for example) gets a full scale release.

Feb 21 - 08:51 PM

Throw An Onion

Crornk Kaleidescope

@NTROST

Do you really think Valentine's Day would make any money if it wasn't released full scale? Ghost Writer can build up anticipation and cash over a long slow release. Valentine's Day made the majority of its cash on its opening weekend. Now its just going to die out.

Feb 21 - 09:45 PM

NTROST

Anthony W.

@Throw An Onion

"Do you really think Valentine's Day would make any money if it wasn't released full scale?"

With today's public audience it wouldn't surprise me but again I was just using "Valentine's Day" as an example. You do make a valid point though that "The Ghost Writer" will build-up slowly if it does get a full-fledge release & not just stay limited like films such as "The Hurt Locker" & "Moon" for example.

Feb 21 - 10:42 PM

CraigFergusonRules

Ian Lando

"It's a shame a solidified satisfactory film like "The Ghost Writer" gets a limited release but dissatisfying material like "Valentine's Day" (for example) gets a full scale release."


Feb 21 - 08:55 PM

Angel C.

Angel Cervantes

It's Kick-***. Not KISS-***

Feb 21 - 09:08 PM

Matt L.

Matt Lubisich

mykalroze, how can you say shutter island's trailer gave away too much when you haven't seen the film? i saw the trailers and the film and the trailers didn't give away anything.

and batsinthebelfry, it wasn't exactly open ended. it was pretty clear what was about to happen to Leo

Feb 21 - 09:18 PM

BatsInTheBelfry

Derek Meadors

It really depends on how you look at it. While the original novel makes the ending completely clear, the movie left several clues that can be determined two very different ways. I don't want to talk about it much for the sake of spoiling the movie for people who haven't seen it, but:

FOR THE LOVE OF GOD DON'T READ IF YOU HAVEN'T SEEN IT




it can be interpreted as Teddy being tricked and drugged at the end into believing something that is not true. While I saw the ending as straight-forward at first, after a lengthy debate with the group I saw it with, they brought up some good points. For instance, Chuck calls him Teddy at the end as he's leaving for his fate. There are several others, and it's all interpretation of course, but it could be seen as him calling him his "real" name as he's having second thoughts on what they've done to the man. It's also up to interpretation on whether Teddy was "faking" it at the end (in the straight-forward interpretation) to spare himself from his mind. I could just be reading too much into it, or maybe the movie just did that effective of a job of messing with my brain.


Feb 22 - 12:58 AM

Artemis S. Reinhold

Artemis S. Reinhold

Absolutely amazing film. I was stunned more than once, and not by plot twists necessarily but by the sheer force of content. The majority of films simply don't have the cajones to attempt what I believe Martin Scorsese was going for here. This film truly challenges it's audience to walk in the shoes of it's protagonist like few before it have dared. This is ranks right up there with the best psychological mindf**** of all time. And for those of you who want something "scarier", stick with hack bull**** like Paranormal Activities. I can't believe this isn't scoring in the 90's! But hey, both Taxi Driver and Raging Bull were ahead of their time as well... Scorsese at his best, I didn't think he had it in him!

Feb 21 - 09:27 PM

quietus28

jj l

That does seem tragic that Paranormal Activity got such high praise but somehow Shutter Island is hanging out in the 60s, especially since PA was pure crap and SI was a really well-made (albeit predictable) film.

Feb 22 - 09:16 AM

Throw An Onion

Crornk Kaleidescope

@NTROST

Do you really think Valentine's Day would make any money if it wasn't released full scale? Ghost Writer can build up anticipation and cash over a long slow release. Valentine's Day made the majority of its cash on its opening weekend. Now its just going to die out.

Feb 21 - 09:45 PM

NTROST

Anthony W.

@Throw An Onion

"Do you really think Valentine's Day would make any money if it wasn't released full scale?"

With today's public audience it wouldn't surprise me but again I was just using "Valentine's Day" as an example. You do make a valid point though that "The Ghost Writer" will build-up slowly if it does get a full-fledge release & not just stay limited like films such as "The Hurt Locker" & "Moon" for example.

Feb 21 - 10:42 PM

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