Weekly Anticipation Index: 'Shutter Island'
Featured Stories - on December 19, 2009 by Phil Contrino
Martin Scorsese's Shutter Island should post solid numbers when it finally hits theaters this February.
This week, we've added Shutter Island to our Anticipation Index. The Paramount release was originally slated to hit theaters this past October.
Shutter Island marks the fourth collaboration between Martin Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio, and it has certainly been a critically and financially successful relationship. 2006's The Departed grossed $134 million domestically and it won the Oscars for Best Picture and Best Director, among others. The Aviator was also able to cross the $100 million mark in 2004, while Gangs of New York posted a somewhat underwhelming $77.7 million domestic haul in 2002-close to $100 million when adjusted for inflation.
Shutter Island will appeal to the same base that supported the previous Scorsese/DiCaprio efforts, but with a story that centers around a dangerous prison it will also bring in horror enthusiasts and expand its reach in the process. The only drawback is that it won't directly benefit from the kind Oscar buzz that comes at the end of year. The Departed, The Aviator and Gangs of New York were all released during the fall.
Check out our prediction for Shutter Island as well as other films in the table below.
|Weekly Anticipation Index, December 19, 2009|
|Title||Release Date||Distributor||Opening Weekend||Cumulative|
|Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel||December 23||Fox||$48M||$235M|
|Up in the Air||December 25 (wide)||Paramount||$14M||$85M|
|Sherlock Holmes||December 25||Warner Bros.||$37M||$135M|
|It's Complicated||December 25||Universal||$24M||$100M|
|Nine||December 25 (wide)||The Weinstein Company||$10M||$50M|
|Leap Year||January 8||Universal||$13M||$45M|
|Youth in Revolt||January 8||The Weinstein Company||$10M||$28M|
|The Book of Eli||January 15||Warner Bros.||$33M*||$80M|
|Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil||January 15||The Weinstein Company||$17M*||$50M|
|The Lovely Bones||January 15 (wide)||Paramount||$16M*||$70M|
|The Spy Next Door||January 15||Lionsgate||$12M*||$32M|
|The Tooth Fairy||January 22||20th Century Fox||$20M||$65M|
|Legion||January 22||Screen Gems||$14M||$37M|
|Extraordinary Measures||January 22||CBS Films||$13M||$40M|
|Edge of Darkness||January 29||Warner Bros.||$22M||$70M|
|When in Rome||January 29||Disney||$14M||$42M|
|Dear John||February 5||Screen Gems||$17M||$60M|
|From Paris with Love||February 5||Lionsgate||$13M||$42M|
|Valentine's Day||February 12||New Line||$35M*||$95M|
|The Wolfman||February 12||Universal||$25M*||$60M|
|Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief||February 12||Fox 2000||$23M*||$65M|
|Shutter Island||February 19||Paramount||$25M||$75M|
*= four-day weekend
Additional reporting by Daniel Garris and Alex Edghill.