Watchmen Tops Weekend Box-Office

As expected, Zack Snyder’s adaptation of Alan Moore’s acclaimed graphic novel “Watchmen” easily topped the US box-office over the weekend.

Pulling in $55.7 million, the figure is the biggest opening for a film since “Twilight” last November. Yet the number was notably below initial estimates in the $65-75 million range, and the drop-off from a stellar $25 million on Friday to $19 million on Saturday and estimates of just $11 million on Sunday indicate the film isn’t likely to have legs.

Audience are matching the critics as well with some very divided reactions and an overall mixed response.

As the sole wide release last week, little else changed at the box-office. The Jonas Brothers concert film, the big opener of last week, plunged nearly 80% in its second week with just $2.8 million in ninth place.

“Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li”, which bombed on opening last week, also plunged 71% in its second go around and came in 14th. That film is now looking likely to end up with a domestic gross of around a mere $10 million.

Still faring well is everything else with “Tyler Perry’s Madea Goes to Jail” in second, “Taken” in third, and so forth. The Oscar bump lasted only a week for “Slumdog Millionaire” which dipped 42.4% this week for fourth place.