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Shutter Island Earns $12M on Friday and Aims for More

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Paramount's delay of Shutter Island's release, once widely questioned, now looks shrewdly strategic. Sources tell me this 4th film collaboration between Marty Scorsese and Leo DiCaprio is shaping up tonight as the highest-grossing debut ever, bigger than 2002's Gangs Of New York, 2004's The Aviator, and 2006's The Departed (which posted their previous biggest opening ever of $26.8M). That pic was also Scorsese's best debut, now beaten by Shutter Island which will also be DiCaprio's biggest, besting the $30M of 2002's Steven Spielberg-directed Catch Me If You Can. But Shutter Island was the target of bad buzz following Paramount's abrupt decision to push the widely touted 2009 awards contender from October 2nd out of competition entirely to 2010. (The pic was already on people's Oscar list.) At the time, Paramount chief Brad Grey said he was delaying to give the pic "every possible chance to succeed both creatively and financially". Also, Leo wasn't going to be available to promote the pic internationally. So the studio settled on the release date of February 19th because "that's when Silence Of The Lambs came out" back in 1991.

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