Despite the fact that the Friday midnight screenings of 'Watchmen' has outsold Zack Snyder's '300', it still falls short from the seven million dollars bow of 'Twilight' midnight shows.
"Watchmen" has started its run to the North American box office's top slot early Friday, March 6. Opening at 1,595 theaters across the country, the Zack Snyder-directed live-action movie was off to a decent-but-not-spectacular start with an estimated $4.6 million from its Friday midnight screenings, according to Media By Numbers.
With the nearly $5 million bow, the R-rated film has doubled the midnight box office gross of another Snyder's R-rated movie, "300", which hauled in $2.5 million in 2007. Still, it was far from the $18.5 million record-breaking midnight sales of "The Dark Knight", and even came up short from "Twilight" $7 million earning.
Despite of the comparison, Jeff Bock, a box-office analyst for Exhibitor Relations, claimed that this midnight sales numbers "don't tell us it's going to be a huge blockbuster." He added that this comic book adaptation may collect somewhere around $46 million to $50 million for the three-day gross. Many were predicting a $70 million gross for the movie, but the two-and-a-half-hour-plus running time may have some effects to the sales.
"Watchmen" centers on vigilante Rorschach as he investigates the murder of a former hero and comes across a plot to discredit and murder various heroes from which he discovers a far wider-ranging conspiracy involving his colleagues' past which could completely change the course of history. The live-action film starring Jackie Earle Haley, Billy Crudup, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Matthew Goode, Patrick Wilson, Malin Akerman, and others, has been screened in U.S. big screen starting March 6.