Shutter film makes waves with debut
Leonardo DiCaprio's new movie, Shutter Island, has topped the US box office.
The creepy crime thriller set at a remote insane asylum, directed by Martin Scorsese, opened with 40.2 million dollars, according to studio estimates on Sunday.
A Paramount Pictures release, Shutter Island is the fourth collaboration for Scorsese and DiCaprio and the best opening yet for both the director and star.
The previous weekend's top movie, all-star romance Valentine's Day, slipped to No 2 with 17.2 million dollars, falling a steep 69 per cent from its 56.3 million dollar debut. The Warner Bros release raised its total to 87.4 million after 10 days in theatres.
Sci-fi sensation Avatar is still going strong after two months in theatres, coming in third with 16.1 million dollars and raising its record US total to 687.8 million. Worldwide, the 20th Century Fox film has taken in 2.47 billion dollars.
Roman Polanski's thriller The Ghost got off to a big start in limited release, pulling in 179,000 dollars at four theatres in New York City and Los Angeles for a whopping average of 44,750 dollars a cinema.
Estimated ticket sales for Friday to Sunday at US and Canadian theatres are according to Hollywood.com. Final figures will be released on Monday.