Watchmen Set For Big Opening Night

The Zack Snyder-helmed adaptation of “Watchmen” will play in an impressive 1,600 locations starting at midnight Thursday reports Reuters.

To give you an idea, that’s more than double the 656 midnight shows that helped Snyder’s ancient Greece actioner “300” fetch $28 million in only the first day of its $71 million opening weekend in March 2007.

To date that first-day haul for “300” was the second-highest ever for an R-rated pic, after the $42.5 million that Warners registered with 2003’s “The Matrix Reloaded.”

Where “Watchmen” will sit is anyone’s guess right now – anticipation is certainly there though with Imax’s Web site crashing four times this week because of traffic surges by “Watchmen” fans looking for ticket information.

Fandango added on Wednesday that “Watchmen” purchases represented 90% of its advance ticket sales for this weekend, though admittedly there are no other wide openers this week.

Reviews continue to be surprisingly divisive. Rotten Tomatoes has the film at a quite mixed 64% approval rating and a quite low 6.1/10 average score with 74 reviews counted.