Family-friendly Disney adventure flick, Race to Witch Mountain topped the box-office this past weekend with a $25 million domestic take, defeating the once sacred, Watchmen, who pulled in merely $18,070,000. That's right, it seems that Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson "took that R-Rated fanboy fap-fest...turned it sideways...and stuck it straight up Dr. Manhattan's big, blue candy-ass!"
Despite it being only a week after its mega-hyped debut, Watchmen took a massive 67% dip from its initial domestic gross. However, Witch Mountain has nothing much to brag about, as this weekend, the box-office hit a 13-year low for this time of the year.
What message, then, should we take in from all of this? I won't go into the factors that contributed to Watchmen's underachievement. I'm sure there are plenty of other dead horses that need beating. However, it does make one wonder that if ultimately, it will be the fanboy element that takes the hit in this situation, after being so catered to in Zack Snyder's film.
A film studio executive might look at the figures for Watchmen and say: "You see?! I told you, fanboys! You can't make comic book movies that are too faithful to the original! Those movies need US to decide what fans need to see, because every time you get what you want, it always ends in lackluster box-office numbers." And to put other words in their mouths: "Fanboys suck!" and "I don't care what anybody says, Daredevil was the greatest movie ever made!"
Say what you will about The Dark Knight (the modern paradigm for good comic book films), it is by no means faithful to the Batman comic lore. Perhaps Watchmen fell under the "be careful what you wish for" category, and may very well be the last time we get a comic book film that is truly faithful to the source material.
...Boy, does it suck being right. :(