It looks like overwhelmingly negative word of mouth (or just overwhelmingly indifference beyond the Snyder fanbase) to Zack Snyder’s “Sucker Punch” didn’t do the film any favors. After taking Friday just barely over Fox’s “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” sequel, Snyder’s movie faltered over the weekend, with “Wimpy Kid” overcoming its Friday loss to overtake the weekend box office with an estimated $24.4 million.
“Sucker Punch”, meanwhile, landed in second place in its debut with $19 million after a first-place Friday finish of $8 million. When you come right down to it, anyone who wanted to see “Sucker Punch” saw it on Friday, and everyone else opted for the kid/family entertainment movie instead on Saturday and Sunday.
The soft opening for the girl-fantasy-heavy flick (in more ways than one, ahem) is particularly disappointing given its estimated $80-plus production budget. Of course, it’s an action movie with obscene amounts of visual pizazz, so the film’s foreign grosses may make up for its Stateside box office limp. Then again, I thought the same about Snyder’s “Watchmen”, and that didn’t happen, either.
Better luck with Superman, Zack.