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At the Movies: "Screw Detachment"
Posted: Monday March 9th, 2009 by

This weekend Watchmen opened across the country to the tune of $55.6 Million.Critics, fanboys, and haters alike are all left wondering if this is a good sign or a bad sign. Where $56 Million is far below Zack Snyder's last film's opening weekend (300, $70 Million), it's opening weekend take puts it as the 6th biggest opening for an R-rated movie ever.

The first article I read about the movie basically dismissed the movie as a flop. And before I started doing any research into the movie's opening weekend, because I haven't seen it "yet", I decided to do a comic where Ted and I were watching it in an empty movie theatre making the oh so clever, same damn "Who watches the Watchmen? Nobody." joke everyone else was making. Then I did this crazy thing called reading and decided the original idea wasn't fair in the least, so I drew up a throwaway filler. You don't have to laugh. Rorshach hates you and Dr. Manhattan is too detached to care.

So here's what I think about the release numbers and idiots calling the movie a flop...
Watchmen isn't as well known as Spiderman or Batman, you can't expect fanboys to carry opening weekend numbers. The movie was rated R; it's completely not a family film that responsible parents can drag their children to. The run time is 2 hours 45 minutes, about twice as long as your typical film release these days. And $56 Million ain't that bad. Given all that, people just need to accept that it's a good release so far.

Now, Watchmen was an expensive film to make. Warner Bros. needs the film to perform well; they need it to stay in the #1 spot for more than one week. But, the film seems to be performing like a horror title. That is to say, the first night was the largest then each day after that the amount the movie brought in has decreased. If this stays true over the rest of the week, it's highly unlikely that it will be #1 next weekend too. **shrugs**

I'd like to go see the film. I didn't read the comic, but the trailers look incredible and the research I've done into the source material leaves me thinking it would speak to me. I've got a couple of problems though. I've got a 1 and half year old, that someone would have to take care of. And Taks and I can't seem to go to a movie for less than $40, which is a bit much for 3 hours of entertainment. So, like a lot of the country right now, I might just have to wait until it comes out on DVD/BluRay in 4 months.

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