"Overseas, "Watchmen" fell 50% to an estimated $13.5 million for a foreign cume of $49.5 million. Pic's worldwide total of $135.5 million in 10 days eases concerns that it will be a pricey financial loser for Warners, Legendary Pictures and Paramount (Par is distributing overseas). Pic cost north of $200 million to produce and market.
This drop falls within the norm for big and highly anticipated movies," Warners exec VP of domestic distribution Jeff Goldstein said. Pointing to several examples, Goldstein noted that "The Incredible Hulk" fell 60% in its second weekend after opening to $55.4 million. That film cumed $134.8 million domestically. "Sex and the City" fell 63% in its second frame on its way to cuming north of $150 million domestically."
In his open letter to fans Hayter said,"You have to understand, everyone is watching to see how the film will do in its second week. If you care about movies that have a brain, or balls, (and this film's got both, literally), or true adaptations -- And if you're thinking of seeing it again anyway, please go back this weekend, Friday or Saturday night. Demonstrate the power of the fans, because it'll help let the people who pay for these movies know what we'd like to see. Because if it drops off the radar after the first weekend, they will never allow a film like this to be made again."
However, according to Wired, "until potential blockbusters Terminator Salvation, Star Trek and X-Men Origins: Wolverine arrive in May, Watchmen has few rivals on the horizon. It seems likely that Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons' canonical comic will survive its evolution to the big screen just fine, thanks."
In addition, a limited-run theatrical release of director's cut in July has already been announced and that could help boost the box office bottom line.
Funny or Die has a video that may come back to haunt the Watchmen actors if studio execs actually considered this as a way to recoup production costs. "What do you do if you live with the actress who plays Silk Spectre? Charge nerds hundreds of dollars to watch her sleep."
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