$55.7M of okay. (Director Zak Snyder’s last movie, 300, did more than $70M.) I didn’t get to see it yet — I was busy this weekend — but I heard both raves and jeers from friends.
“Watchmen” was handicapped by its unusually long running time, of nearly 2 hours 45 minutes. Longer films get fewer showings in each theater through the course of a day.
The movie was also stung by the ambivalence of critics and fans, many of whom came to it with expectations based on a familiarity with, and often deep reverence for the complex illustrated story of damaged crime fighters being hunted by a killer.
“Everyone around me liked it a lot more than I did,” said James Thompson, who teaches a course in genre film, television and comics for Duke University’s visiting program at the University of Southern California.
Meanwhile Tyler Perry’s latest Madea movie continues to rake in the cash. I guarantee it is making a better return on investment than pontificating be-caped heroes.