After the years of anticipation and the months of hype, Warner Bros.' adaptation of Watchmen is finally ready to hit the big screen Friday, and for a few days, all the focus will turn on its opening weekend box office receipts and the question of how will the film resonate with moviegoers without a PHD in comic book mythology?
Following up a year in which The Dark Knight and Iron Man made a combined $851 million domestically, and Punisher War Zone and The Spirit made a combined $28 million, hazarding a prediction is likely more guesswork than science, but we want to know what your predictions are for Watchmen's all-important opening weekend.
- Running Time: 156 minutes
- New Films opening against Watchmen in wide release: None
- Last week's (February 27-March 1st) box office leader: Lionsgate's Tyler Perry's Madea Goes to Jail: $16 million. $7,883 per screen average on 2,052 screens.
- Opening weekend of Zack Synder's 300 (March 9-11th 2007): $71 million. $22,844 per screen average on 3,103 screens.
* 300 also holds the all-time opening weekend record for March.
- Opening weekend of Warner Bros.' V for Vendetta, an adaptation of an acclaimed Alan Moore graphic novel (March 17-19th 2006): $26 million. $7,620 per screen average on 3,365 screens.
- All-time best opening weekend for a Rated R movie: Warner Bros.' The Matrix Reloaded (May 16-18, 2003) - $92 million. $25,471 per screen average on 3,603 screens.
** Box office facts and figures from www.boxofficemojo.com