Weekend Box Office:
1) Watchmen $55.6 million
2) Tyler Perry's Madea Goes to Jail $8.8 million
3) Taken $7.4 million
4) Slumdog Millionaire $6.9 million
5) Paul Blart: Mall Cop $4.2 million
6) He's Just Not That Into You $4 million
7) Coraline $3.3 million
8) Confessions of a Shopaholic $3.1 million
9) Jonas Brothers: The 3D Concert Experience $2.7 million
10) Fired Up $2.6 million
Watchmen came on strong Thursday at midnight, with its initial theatrical debut pulling in over $4 million, but those figures didn't hold throughout the weekend. Considered a tough sell by some, Zack Snyder's highly anticipated graphic novel adaptation secured $55.6 million over the weekend, making it the number one film. But it fell below industry expectations. It proved to be a popular film with fans of Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons' original book, but those not in the know were slightly baffled by this superhero outing. You can look for it to drop quite a bit next week, as the film certainly didn't live up to its hype in the eyes of the general film going public.
Dropping to number two in its third week of release is Tyler Perry's Madea Goes to Jail. The comedic drama pulled in another $8.8 million, which makes its cumulative take $76 million. This is a career best for Perry, and he has already signed on to do two more films for Lionsgate. Though, it is still up in the air as to when Madea herself will return to the big screen. Also experiencing a career high this year is Liam Neeson, whose Taken remains in the number three position. A true crowd pleaser, the Luc Beeson produced action thriller took in another $7.4 million, placing its stateside cumulative profits at $118 million. Worldwide, the film has already grossed $190 million. Taken is looking to be one of the biggest surprise hits of the year.
It's a sad tale for the Jonas Brothers as their Jonas Brothers: The 3D Concert Experience fell all the way down to number 9 in its second week of release with just $2.7 million. The film has only racked in $16.7 million thus far. Hopefully it will fare better on DVD and Blu-Ray. The film with the highest per screen earnings this weekend was TOKYO!. It took in $21,500 playing on just one screen. If it had been given the 3,611 screens held by Watchmen, it could have potentially earned $77.6 million, making it the number one film of the weekend.
Watchmen doesn't stand a chance next weekend as Disney's high anticipated Race to Witch Mountain will race into theaters, along with the Wes Craven remake The Last House on the Left. Until next week, hurm!