Monday, March 16, 2009

A lot fewer folks watching "Watchmen"

A week or so ago, I more or less (mostly more) predicted a second week tumble for "Watchmen" revenues. It seemed to me that a two-hour and 43-minute movie that received mostly mixed reviews would have a difficult time repeating its opening weekend triumph. I was right.

In its second weekend, "Watchmen" recorded a whopping 67 percent decline in box-office receipts, grossing $18,070,000 and placing second after "Race to Witch Mountain," which opened with a $25-million weekend. The remake of Wes Craven's 1972 cult favorite, "Last House on the Left," came in third with a weekend gross of $14,658,000.

A couple of things to remember: If you love a movie, you love it. Forget about the box office. Second, opening weekend box-office revenues can be misleading. As the horse-racing cliche goes: It's not how they start, it's how they finish.

I don't normally comment on grosses, but if box-office roulette's your thing, you should bookmark the site, It's a great source of information for those addicted to the numbers game.

Am I gloating? Not really. This short post arrives in response to a reader inquiry about "Watchmen's" second weekend. If there's anything to be learned here, it might be this: If you haven't seen the movie, you might do well to start with the Alan Moore graphic novel on which it's based. It has legions of fans and not many detractors.


Anonymous said...

I was surprised to see that Watchmen fell so hard. Though, I guess once it got released, people were able to make realistic reviews of the film. As for Witch Mountain, I was not totally disappointed, but I expected a little bit more out of it.

katharine said...

WE finally got to see let the right one in on dvd. I have mixed feelings- it is visually powerful and the performances by the children are stunning. However it was a bit more violent than I expected.