Box Office

Shutter Island's a Top Thriller

After its release date was postponed from October, Shutter Island outdid itself in its opening weekend by earning $40.2 million and surpassing box-office expectations. Leonardo DiCaprio and director Martin Scorsese's latest project is based on Dennis Lehane's bestselling novel and the psychological thriller scored mostly positive reviews. The film cost nearly $100 million to produce, but its first three-day haul notched the best-ever opening for both the director and actor. The star-studded Valentine's Day came in second with $17.1 million and Avatar, with a total gross of nearly $688 million, continued its stellar run and rounded out the top three. Wolfman made a pitiful howl in its second week out, grossing only $9.8 million.