Box Office: 'Shutter Island' drives audiences insane

leonardo-dicaprio-shutter-island-320.jpg"Shutter Island," set in a remote asylum, brought in made money in its debut weekend.

The Martin Scorsese thriller starring Leonardo DiCaprio top the box office with $40.2 million, according to estimates by Exhibitor Relations.

"Shutter Island" is set in 1945 and follows U.S. Marshal Teddy Daniels (DiCaprio) and his new partner Chuck Aule (Mark Ruffalo) as they investigate a mysterious disappearance at an asylum for the criminally insane. A female inmate who was incarcerated for drowning her three children has suddenly gone missing, despite the fact that her room is monitored 24 hours a day.

The film bumped out previous box office leader "Valentine's Day," which earned $17.2 million in its sophomore run. James Cameron's "Avatar" wasn't far behind, taking in $16.1 mil, bringing its domestic total to $687.8 million to date.

The rest of the Top 10 is as follows: "Percy Jackson & the Olympians," "The Wolfman," "Dear John," "The Tooth Fairy," "Crazy Heart," "From Paris With Love" and "Edge of Darkness."

Also performing notably was Roman Polanski's new film "The Ghost Writer." Opening on only four screens, it earned an impressive $44,750 per screen average.

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