As predicted, 300 had a huge Friday opening, ShowBizData reports via Superhero Hype!:
This could be a watershed opening for Snyder and Warner Bros. who took a big chance on the stylized film based on Miller’s graphic novel after the failure of Oliver Stone’s Alexander at the box office in 2004, but it’s a good sign that Snyder’s next proposed project, an adaptation of Alan Moore’s Watchmen, will be fast-tracked come Monday morning.
Although 300 had a bigger opening day than last year’s Ice Age: The Meltdown, which currently holds the March weekend opening record with $68.03 million, the guy-friendly movie is also likely to be more frontloaded to Friday, which means it might be a close one if it’s going to break that record for the weekend.
The number includes IMAX and Thursday midnight screening receipts.
I just went to our Philly area IMAX to pick up our tickets for the IMAX showing tonight. The theater was absolutely mobbed at 4:00- hundreds of mostly young men, many of them dressed up in helmets and red capes (over clothes, thankfully: it’s 38 degrees here right now, and a few of them were not exactly mankind’s finest specimens – but they were having a blast of a good time).
Various strangers approached us to have our picture taken with them (I’ll post my own photos later), and we obliged. A little while later, as the lines were building, who should come strolling in the doors but a group of about ten teenage guys, all quite buff, wearing nothing but sandals, shorts, and red cloaks, carrying shields and wooden spears. We cheered and they cheered back and kind of got the crowd going. The security guards gave them a hard time about the makeshift weapons, but let them take a few photos first. I quote a gurad into his walky-talky verbatim “We’ve got hostiles with sticks.” Hilarious. Anyway, my sister and I trotted over to the fellas and asked for a photo, and one’s response was “hell yeah!” and then another said something like “we’ve got to protect the women,” it was very funny.