"Shuttler Island" aims to be destination

Thu Feb 18, 2010 9:44pm EST
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By Carl DiOrio

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - The year's first big prestige film hits theaters Friday as Martin Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio take moviegoers to "Shutter Island."

The suspense thriller was bumped from its previous holiday release slot, and Paramount has been seeking to stir must-see interest amid positive early reviews. And with a longish running time of 2 hours, 18 minutes and production costs totaling at least $75 million, executives will be anxious to open "Island" with a broad base of support.

But prerelease tracking surveys show strongest interest among men despite DiCaprio's traditional draw with women. Barring an eleventh-hour spike in female interest, an opening of $25 million-$30 million appears likely.

Both reigning champ "Valentine's Day" and "Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief" appear headed for hauls of $20 million or so in their second weekends. They claimed the top two spots during the Presidents' Day holiday weekend with respective four-day hauls of $63 million and $39 million.

The Benicio Del Toro monster picture "The Wolfman" will try to prove critics and other naysayers wrong by posting a better second session than might be expected for a picture that drew below-average results in exit surveys last weekend.

The horror redo needs to follow its relatively strong $36 million debut with a leggy-enough run to recoup production costs reportedly totaling $110 million or more.

Friday's limited openers include Summit Entertainment's political thriller "The Ghost Writer," from director Roman Polanski, in two Los Angeles theaters and two in New York.

The 2010 box office is off to a good start, with $1.49 billion in sales so far, up almost 6% from the year-ago period.