'Shutter Island' is top Friday getaway
DiCaprio/Scorsese thriller grabs $14.4 million for the dayLots of moviegoers booked passage to "Shutter Island" on Friday, as the R-rated Paramount release, the weekend's only new wide opener, debuted to an estimated $14.1 million for the day.
Opening its doors in 2991 locations, the period thriller, starring Leonardo DiCaprio and directed by Martin Scorsese, is on track to score personal bests for both actor and director, surpassing the $30.1 million opening of DiCaprio's "Catch Me If You Can" in 2002 and the $26.9 million bow of Scorsese's "The Departed" in 2006.
The lovers' holiday has passed, and Warner's "Valentine's Day," last weekend's top grosser, dropped about 60% but still held onto the second slot, pulling in $5.7 million for the day.
As it powers its way through awards season, the same studio's "Avatar" was close behind in fourth place with $3.9 million.
The fifth slot was occupied with Universal's second weekend of "Wolfman," with $2.9 million.
Sony's release, the romantic tear-jerker "Dear John," in its third weekend, pulled up in sixth place with $2.4 million.