Watchmen Falls in its Second Week

$86 million and counting. That’s how much Zack Snyder’s “Watchmen” has made in two weeks of release. It’s not an entirely bad take for a movie. Unless, of course, you factor in the massive amount of publicity the studio pumped into promotions for the movie and the film’s estimated $150 million dollar budget. Chances are “Watchmen” will break even, and maybe even turn a profit on DVD, but how much will be enough to call it a success?

“Watchmen” fell to second place in its second week, taking an estimated $18 million. It was easily beat out by The Rock’s kiddie action-adventure, the sci-fi “Race to Witch Mountain”, which claimed the top spot with $25 million in its debut weekend. The week’s two other new films, the horror remake “The Last House on the Left” and the raunchy comedy “Miss March” landed at third and tenth place, respectively. “House” took in an estimated $14.6 million, while “Miss March” managed a minor $2.3 million.

The year’s big surprise, the Liam Neeson actioner “Taken” stayed in the Top 5 with another impressive weekend, taking in an additional $6.6 million. The film has raked in $126.8 million in seven weeks of release so far. You can hear Besson and company scrambling to get that sequel into production all the way from France.

Here’s the top 10 at the weekend box office (via):

1 —–Race to Witch Mountain —–$25,000,000 —–$25,000,000
2 —–Watchmen —–$18,070,000 —–$86,005,000
3 —–The Last House on the Left (2009) —–$14,658,000—–$14,658,000
4 —–Taken —–$6,650,000 —–$126,833,000
5 —–Tyler Perry’s Madea Goes to Jail —–$5,130,000 —– $83,209,000
6 —–Slumdog Millionaire —–$5,025,000 —–$132,625,000
7 —–Paul Blart: Mall Cop —–$3,100,000 —–$137,767,000
8 —–He’s Just Not That Into You —–$2,905,000 —– $89,004,000
9 —–Coraline —–$2,655,000 —–$69,144,000
10 —–Miss March —–$2,350,000—– $2,350,000