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Scorsese’s latest shuts out the competition

 

Despite a decidedly mixed critical reaction on t’other side of the pond, Martin Scorsese’s Shutter Island stormed straight to the top of the box office this weekend.

Starring Leonardo DiCaprio as a US marshal investigating the disappearance of a criminally insane patient, the flick pocketed a tidy $40m during its opening weekend. It’s a record breaker for Scorsese and DiCaprio, giving them both their biggest opening ever.

Meanwhile, soppy Garry Marshall ensemble Valentine’s Day and the ever-present Avatar clung on to second and third place, the former taking a further $17m, the latter $16m.



Harry Potter wannabe Percy Jackson fondled a not-particularly-remarkable $15m, meaning its future as a film franchise is looking pretty bleak. And The Wolfman dug its claws into fifth place with a small haul of $9.8m.

The rest of the top ten looked pretty similar to last week. Romantic drama Dear John bid a fond farewell to the top five, slipping to sixth place with a meagre $7.3m, while Dwayne Johnson’s cringe-worthy Tooth Fairy snatched $4.5m from the tots. Daylight robbery, if you ask us.

Finally, Oscar contender Crazy Heart , John Travolta’s From Paris With Love and Mel Gibson’s acting comeback Edge Of Darkness all fleshed out the rest of the top ten with $3m and below.

Will you be catching Shutter Island come 15 March?

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