Watchmen another blockbuster

March 9th, 2009 - 4:00 pm ICT by Amrit Rashmisrisethi  

WatchmenOn Sunday, another comic book adaptation ‘Watchmen’ has stormed to the top of the North American box office, taking US$55.8 million over the weekend.

The adaptation of Alan Moore’s classic graphic novel, Zack Snyder’s ‘Watchmen’ delighted moviegoers as it follows the lives of numerous superheroes in an alternate 1985 America.

Tyler Perry’s comedy about a grandmother behind bars, ‘Madea Goes to Jail,’ was locked out of the top spot after two weeks at number one, taking in US$8.8 million. In total the oddball crowd-pleaser has racked up US$76.5 million in ticket sales. In the top charts the movie stands by the third place after the kidnap thriller ‘Taken’ starring Liam Neeson as a former spy whose daughter becomes a victim of human traffickers, brought in US$7.45 million, bringing it to a total of US$118 million in six weeks.

The Oscar winner ‘Slumdog Millionaire’ hung in at number four, earning US$6.9 million in receipts in its 17th week in North American cinemas and following ‘Paul Blart Mall Cop’ - the tale of a security guard turned hero.

Trailing at 10th place was the comedy ‘Fired Up,’ about a pair of high school footballers who join a cheer leading camp. It earned US$2.6 million in its third week of release.

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