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Weekend Estimates: Scorsese Scores Best Opening

February 21st, 2010

Martin Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio both enjoyed record openings this weekend as Shutter Island made an excellent debut, according to Paramount's estimates released on Sunday. With $40.2 million in the bank so far, the thriller will most likely be among the ten biggest openers in February, and decent word-of-mouth will most likely propel it past $100 million at the box office.

Most of the remaining movies in the top ten suffered steep falls compared to last weekend, the combined Presidents' Day, Valentine's Day holiday. Valentine's Day itself was down almost 70% to $17.16 million in second place. Only Fox enjoyed soft declines with Avatar off 31% and back up to third, The Tooth Fairy down 26%, and Crazy Heart down 29%.

The Ghost Writer scored in limited release for Summit, earning $179,000 in just four theaters.

- Weekend Estimates

Filed under: Weekend Box Office, Shutter Island, Tooth Fairy, The Ghost Writer, Avatar, Crazy Heart