Weekly Anticipation Index: 'Shutter Island'

Featured Stories - on August 08, 2009 by Phil Contrino

This October, Leonardo DiCaprio and Mark Ruffalo star in Martin Scorsese's new thriller, Shutter Island.


This week, we've added Shutter Island to our Anticipation Index. Shutter marks the fourth collaboration between Martin Scrosese and Leonardo DiCaprio, and it has certainly been a critically and financially successful relationship. 2006's The Departed grossed $134 million 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 in 2002—$96.2 when adjusted for inflation.

Shutter will appeal to the same base that supported the previous Scorsese/DiCaprio efforts, but with its story of a dangerous mental hospital it will bring in horror junkies and expand its reach in the process. Check out our prediction for Shutter Island in the table below.

It's also worth nothing that the first weekend of October will see the re-release of Toy Story and Toy Story 2 in 3D. Disney is billing the double-feature as a limited engagement, but if a rush of nostalgia results in positive box office returns then the engagement could be extended. Also expanding that weekend is Capitalism: A Love Story, the latest documentary from Michael Moore. Overture is releasing Capitalism, and while it won't be as big as Fahrenheit 9/11 was, dealing with the struggling economy should help the doc cross over into the mainstream.

Weekly Anticipation Index, August 8, 2009
Title Release Date Distributor Opening Weekend Cumulative
The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard August 14 Paramount Vantage $13M $40M
The Time Traveler's Wife August 14 Warner Bros./New Line $15M $45M
District 9 August 14 Sony $20M $60M
Shorts August 21 Warner Bros. $13M $42M
Inglourious Basterds August 21 The Weinstein Company $22M $57M
Halloween 2 August 28 The Weinstein Company $28M $62M
The Final Destination August 28 Warner Bros./New Line $19M $50M
Gamer September 4 Lionsgate $15M $35M
All About Steve September 4 Fox 2000 $27M $80M
9 September 9 Focus $14M $45M
Sorority Row September 11 Summit $15M $35M
Tyler Perry's I Can Do Bad All by Myself September 11 Lionsgate $36M $78M
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs September 18 Sony/Columbia $17M $57M
Love Happens September 18 Focus $16M $48M
Jennifer's Body September 18 Fox Atomic $21M $50M
The Informant! September 18 Warner Bros. $10M $35M
Fame September 25 MGM/UA $24M $65M
Surrogates September 25 Disney $16M $48M
Shutter Island October 2 Paramount $25M $75M

Additional reporting by Daniel Garris.

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