Shutter Island, the fourth collaboration between Martin Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio, all but shut out the competition at the box office on Friday, taking in an estimated $14 million. That puts the psychological thriller on track to top The Departed – which had a $26.9 million opening weekend in 2006 – as the pair’s biggest hit. It also gives Paramount the last laugh after skeptics criticized the studio’s decision to push Shutter Island out of its original Oct. 2009 release date to save marketing coin.
In second place, Valentine’s Day still got some love from audiences in its second weekend, earning a $5.6 million Friday gross. The rest of the top five was rounded out by Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Avatar, and The Wolfman, which suffered a harsh 70 percent drop from last week as fright fans turned their attention to Shutter Island. Be sure to check back tomorrow for a full weekend recap.