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Monday March 9, 2009 6:18 pm

Box Office Breakdown: Watchmen Finally Gets Its Time to Shine

Watchmen's Rorschach

When is a $55.7 million weekend considered a slight disappointment?

  • When the film is the only new major release that weekend.
  • The movie involves superheroes.
  • The story is based on a popular graphic novel.
  • The project has received a significant amount of attention due to a lengthy court battle.
  • The director earned more for his last film. (300 grossed $70.9 million over its first three days back in 2007.)
  • The R-rated film features plenty of gore and nudity.
  • It cost between $120-$150 million to make.

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Even though didn’t match expectations, there were plenty of reasons for Warner Bros. to be happy about this weekend. The lengthy movie (it’s running time was 2:40) currently stands as the best opener of the year. The Zack Snyder project also had the fifth best debut ever for an R-rated film.

  1. Watchmen, Warner Bros., $55,214,334 (avg. $15,291)
  2. Tyler Perry’s Madea Goes to Jail, Lionsgate, $8,532,412 (avg. $3967)
  3. Taken, 20th Century Fox, $7,334,814 (avg. $2432)
  4. Slumdog Millionaire, Fox Searchlight, $6,808,383 (avg. $2356)
  5. Paul Blart: Mall Cop, Sony, $4,146,316 (avg. $1621)
  6. He’s Just Not That Into You, New Line, $4,017,326 (avg. $1643)
  7. Coraline, Focus Features, $3,255,852 (avg. $1662)
  8. Confessions of a Shopaholic, Disney, $3,100,298 (avg. $1354)
  9. Jonas Brothers: The 3D Concert Experience, Disney, $2,832,454 (avg. $2220)
  10. Fired Up, Sony, $2,478,381 (avg. $1378)

(You can review last week’s numbers here.)



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