Give any film nearly 3,000 screens and no new competition, and it’s bound to top the box office that opening weekend. But it takes Leonardo DiCaprio’s mug, Martin Scorsese’s street cred and endless trailer play after a delay of four months to garner a $40.2 million opening for the likes of Shutter Island — the biggest opening in Leo and Marty’s careers to date and just shy of Madea Goes to Jail’s $41 million opening at the same time last year. (And let’s not count out all the people who had to see it just to prove that they’d guessed the twist ages ago.) (Shutter, I mean, not Madea.)
Without its namesake around to bolster box office, Valentine’s Day slipped to number two with $17.2 million, a drop of nearly 70 percent from last weekend. Avatar slipped back up to third place with $16.1 million, Percy Jackson slipped down to fourth with $15.3 million, and The Wolfman slipped down a bit more to fifth with $9.8 million (with a second-weekend drop nearly matching that of V-Day). Sixth place went to Dear John with $7.3 million, seventh went to Tooth Fairy with $4.5 million, and Crazy Heart clung on in eighth with $3 million. Last week’s number seven and number eight, From Paris with Love and Edge and Darkness, became this week’s number nine and number ten with $2.5 million and $2.2 million, respectively; how lucky we must be to have bad Bah-sten accents on either end of the charts.