David Pierson at the Los Angeles Times has a rundown of the numbers for “Watchmen,” which opened on more screens than any R-rated film in history:
Superhero blockbuster “Watchmen” dominated the weekend box office by grossing an estimated $55.7 million, scoring the biggest opening of any film this year.
The much-anticipated adaptation of Alan Moore’s graphic novel of the same name cements the draw of director Zack Snyder, who also directed the hit “300.”
Although there was some industry expectation that it would do so, “Watchmen” fell short of matching the $70.9 million that “300″ took in during its opening weekend in March 2007.
The question now is whether the $150-million “Watchmen” will carry past Snyder’s dedicated fan base in the coming weeks to win a broader audience.