The Reject Report Gets Sent to Shutter Island

Well, Valentine’s Day is over, so is President’s Day, and it’s on to another week at the movies here at the Reject Report. This week looks fairly calm on the movie front. We have only one new release, Shutter Island, doing battle against the usual holdovers such as Valentine’s Day, Percy Jackson, Avatar and the rest of them. My personal feeling is that Avatar is going to continue to hold up fairly strong yet again and rake in somewhere around $18 million. Valentine’s Day, though, is going to drop like a rock after setting the President’s Day four-day weekend record of $63 million, and the reason is pretty obvious: Valentine’s Day is over.

So is this movie. $24 million is all this is going to get.

So it’s on to Shutter Island, which is the much-delayed Martin Scorsese thriller starring Leonardo DiCaprio. DiCaprio plays Teddy Daniels, one of the two U.S. marshals investigating the disappearance of a mental patient from a hospital for the criminally insane in Massachusetts, presumed missing on Shutter Island. There is much more to the story than just this, though. Roll the video:

Mark Ruffalo, Ben Kingsley, Michelle Williams and Max Von Sydow also star in this movie, which is based on the 2003 novel by Dennis Lehane.

Obviously, this movie is going to benefit by being the only new feature film in wide release in a number of places. Its theater count is approaching 3,000 and it’s been getting very positive though not earth-shattering reviews, so I am expecting quite good business. I have no doubt this will win the weekend box office; my guess is it may approach $30 million but may not quite get there. $29 million is my guess for Shutter Island on opening weekend.

Watch the Shutter Island trailer:

So my prediction for this weekend is as follows:

  1. Shutter Island $29 million
  2. Valentine’s Day $24 million
  3. Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief :$20 million
  4. Avatar $18 million
  5. The Wolfman $17 million
  6. Dear John $9 million
  7. Tooth Fairy $4 million
  8. Crazy Heart $3.6 million
  9. From Paris with Love $3.5 million
  10. Edge of Darkness $3 million

That is all for now. Who knows, maybe I’ll even get this prediction right, for a change. See you later this weekend as we figure out who got voted off the box office Island here at the Reject Report.

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