Watchmen can’t tell the time
Well, one of the most anticipated comic-to-film projects finally reached the silver screen. Initial industry projections hoped the film would have a boffo $ 70+ million opening weekend, exceeding the opening success of 300. As the weekend drew near, the industry types got cold feet and revised the projection downward a hefty 14% to $60 million.
The film even failed to reach that goal, as Watchmen‘s opening weekend take clocked in at a solid (but underwhelming) $ 55.6 million. And that includes the $4.5 million late-night Thursday haul of $ 4.5 million.
They swung for the fences and hit a double. Oh well, I honestly didn’t think that the film would translate well on 2009 movie screens. While I like the original comic, it’s very much a creature of its time, the mid-1980s. It’s dark and sometimes nihilistic world view is just a downer.
I expect Watchmen‘s box office to diminish 60% or more next weekend, and quickly vanish from the public eye.
Comic fanboys will just have to wait for the next big thing.