Who Will Watch The Watchmen? Not Many

On March 6th, the movie Watchmen opens in theaters.

The super hero movie is based on the 1986 comic book of the same name, which is the “Citizen Kane” of comic books.

Watchmen was published by DC Comics in single issues during 1986 and 1987.

Watchmen was published by DC Comics in single issues during 1986 and 1987.

Due to the tremendous popularity of the comic book, the Warner Brothers’ movie is one of the most highly anticipated films of 2009.  However, regardless of the movie’s quality, Land of Punt believes Watchmen will fail at the box office.

It will have a robust opening weekend and then ticket sales will drastically taper off.

There’s a cult-like following for the Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons’ comic book, but there’s just not enough fanboys to make the movie Watchmen a success.

Most of the movie going public will look at the trailers for the film and ask, “Where’s Batman?  Where’s Superman?  What type of super heroes are those?”

Terry Gilliam, of Monty Python fame, was once slated to direct a film version of Watchmen.

Terry Gilliam, of Monty Python fame, was once slated to direct a film version of Watchmen.

The film’s director Zack Snyder impressed with his film 300, but people don’t go to the movies to see a director direct, they go to see actors.  This is where Watchmen really suffers.

The films “biggest” names, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Patrick Wilson, Matt Frewer and Carla Gugino, couldn’t draw their families to a movie much less the general public.

Special effects are nice but they don’t make the film.  Unfortunate since early reviews indicate the movie is long on visuals and short on substance.

Also, there have been preliminary rumblings about the film’s narration.  Films with narration are generally wrought with problems; films with bad narration tend to be disastrous.

Watchmen is 161 minutes long, which is twice as long as it took to draw the comic book.

Watchmen is 161 minutes long, which is twice as long as it took to draw the comic book.

However, we are swaying away from our original premise.  Whether the movie is good, great or egregious will be decided on March 6th, we are here to discuss its box office revenue.

Using words like “bomb” or “bust” are too general and open for interpretation.  Therefore, in the hopes of being specific, Land of Punt predicts Watchmen won’t gross $120 million (the film’s cost, not including marketing) domestically in ten weeks.

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