By Dave Campbell | March 8, 2009
To date, Watchmen is the widest R-rated film release ever. After waiting 23 years, fans and moviegoers finally got to see the pulp to celluloid rendition. Day 1 (Friday March 6th) brought an estimated $25.1 million and change on approx. 7,500 screens in 3,611 theaters. ($4.55 million from midnight shows)
Also directed by Zack Snyder who brought 300 from print-to-film, Watchmen posted the third best opening day ever for an R-rated picture prior to summer. The highest first day prior to May belongs to 300 which generated $28.1 million. This opening is still solid for the superhero genre given that the majority of them are PG-13. 70% of the Friday Watchmen audience was comprised of men, and 65% consisted of men over the age of 25. Later today will bring the complete weekend estimate.
To be continued…