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March 4, 2009 - Watchmen / biggest opening for an R-rated film ever

Scooped on Wednesday, March 4, 2009

The stats have been compiled and the result is that Watchmen will set at least one record, that for having the most theater screens for an R-rated picture. 3,611 screens will be showing the superhero movie when it opens on Friday and 1,600 of them will be screening Watchmen at special midnight shows late Thursday evening.

The Hollywood Reporter theorizes that Watchmen could stand to break the opening weekend record for 300, Zack Snyder's last picture. That movie was also restricted and took in $71 million on its early March 2007 release date, $28 million alone on its first day out. Watchmen represents 90% of Fandango's early ticket sales and the Imax website apparently crashed four times this week on what is believed to be raised interest from people curious to see the movie in that format. Watchmen will be playing on 128 Imax screens.

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