Watchmen Sees Tepid Weekend Win

Blockbuster doesn't live up to opening-weekend projections
By Drew Nelles,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 8, 2009 4:29 PM CDT

(Newser) – Who watches the Watchmen? Too few moviegoers to live up to box-office projections, says the Hollywood Reporter. The much-hyped flick earned only $55.7 million this weekend as Madea Goes to Jail locked in $8.8 million, Taken took $7.5 million, and Slumdog Millionaire kept riding its Oscar wave with $6.9 million. Watchmen’s long running time and R rating likely hurt its bottom line.